Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How To Survive A Robot Uprising: Tips On Defending Yourself Against The Coming Rebellion, by Daniel H. Wilson

(pb; 2005: non-fiction/survival guide; illustrated by Richard Horne)

From the back cover:

"In this essential survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the secrets to squashing a robot mutiny. From treating laser wounds to fooling face and speech recognition, outwitting robot logic to engaging in hand-to-pincer combat, How To Survive A Robot Uprising covers every possible doomsday scenario facing the newest endangered species: humans.

"Based on extensive interviews with prominent scientists working on the cutting edge of the latest robotics technology, and including a thorough overview of current robot prototypes -- everything from humanoid walkers to insect, gecko, and snake robots -- How To Survive A Robot Uprising is a perfect introduction to contemporary robotics."

Review:

Practical, droll-humored guide to dealing with varied, cinematic-style robot takeovers. There are so many quotable lines in this, I spent as much time scribbling down quotes as I did reading this short glossy-paged book.

Horne's distinctive cut n' paste style, intentionally-kitschy artwork perfectly complements Wilson's straight-faced prose.

A must-own read, for a wide range of readers -- it cuts across so many genre lines.

This is scheduled to become a film in 2011. Mike Myers is scheduled to star; Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (of Reno 911!) are "scripting [the film] for Paramount." (This quote comes from Comingsoon.net - May 23, 2009.)

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