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Robogenesis
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Robogenesis
A Novel

The stunningly creative, epic sequel to Wilson's blockbuster thriller and New York Times bestseller Robopocalypse

"The machine is still out there. Still alive."

Humankind had triumphed over the machines. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the earth was left in tatters . . . but the master artificial intelligence presence known as Archos had been killed.

In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping. In a series of riveting narratives, Robogenesis explores the fates of characters new and old, robotic and human, as they fight to build a new world in the wake of a devastating war. Readers will bear witness as survivors find one another, form into groups, and react to a drastically different (and deadly) technological landscape. All the while, the remnants of Archos's shattered intelligence are seeping deeper into new breeds of machines, mounting a war that will not allow for humans to win again.

Daniel H. Wilson makes a triumphant return to the apocalyptic world he created, for an action-filled, raucous, very smart thrill ride about humanity and technology pushed to the tipping point.

The stunningly creative, epic sequel to Wilson's blockbuster thriller and New York Times bestseller Robopocalypse

"The machine is still out there. Still alive."

Humankind had triumphed over the machines. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the earth was left in tatters . . . but the master artificial intelligence presence known as Archos had been killed.

In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping. In a series of riveting narratives, Robogenesis explores the fates of characters new and old, robotic and human, as they fight to build a new world in the wake of a devastating war. Readers will bear witness as survivors find one another, form into groups, and react to a drastically different (and deadly) technological landscape. All the while, the remnants of Archos's shattered intelligence are seeping deeper into new breeds of machines, mounting a war that will not allow for humans to win again.

Daniel H. Wilson makes a triumphant return to the apocalyptic world he created, for an action-filled, raucous, very smart thrill ride about humanity and technology pushed to the tipping point.

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    1. Parasite

    New War: Final Minutes

    In the last moments of the New War, the enemy Archos R-14 resorted to ruthless tactics. As exhausted allied soldiers finally reached the Ragnorak Intelligence Fields where Archos R-14 had buried itself, they were met with a nasty counterattack: scuttling, crablike machines that mounted the bodies of fallen soldiers. With titanium limbs buried in dead or dying flesh, soldier corpses rose again. These parasites dealt terrible damage to the bodies and minds of the living . . . but what was left behind when the battle ended was Archos R-14's most horrific contribution to the True War.

    --Arayt Shah

    NEURONAL ID: LARK IRON CLOUD

    There was no way to win this war and we all knew it, but we marched anyway.

    I shove my checkerboard scarf deeper into my parka and hold my breath. Kneeling on the ice-kissed turf, I brace against a tree and press the cold rims of binocular-enhanced goggles against my face. The situation has well and truly gone to shit here in the godforsaken woods of western Alaska.

    The New War started when a thinking machine we call Big Rob turned our tools against us. In the madness of Zero Hour, some of us in Oklahoma found refuge with the Osage Nation. We survivors fell back to the rural town of Gray Horse and counted our lucky stars. But the machines evolved. Over months and years they crossed the Great Plains, slithered through the waving grass, and climbed our stone bluffs.

    So we fought then. And we fight now.

    Our bullets are chasing each other through black tree branches, tracers streaking like falling stars. The last lines of our walking tanks are arrayed defensively, spotlights glowing bright in the twilight, each four-legged hulk a pool of light spaced a half klick from its brothers and hunkered down to provide cover for ground forces. Dark enemy fire is whining out of the woods like mosquitoes. Most of their rounds are a flesh-burrowing variety called pluggers, but waves of exploding crawlers called stumpers are also skittering toward us.

    Letting the goggles flop on my neck, I get moving. My collar radio is hissing with cavalry calls from squads scattered over the rough countryside. Scrambling low through the trees, I ignore the clipped cries for help and head toward Beta squad. There are no reinforcements. There is nothing left now but metal and snow and blood.

    "Come in, Lonnie," I pant into my radio. "You there?"

    "Go ahead," comes the reply.

    The voice is measured and calm. It belongs to Lonnie Wayne Blanton, an old cowboy who happens to be our general. The man is important to me. He saved my life and put me on the right path and now I'm trying to figure out how in the hell to tell him that it was all for nothing.

    "All squads pinned down. Things are royally fucked. Moving to support Beta."

    "Roger," says Lonnie. A pause. "Hold on. Long as you can."

    "Thank you," I radio back. "Thank you for everything."

    We made it this far only by reverse-engineering the enemy's weapons. Gray Horse Army was able to march to within a thousand-mile perimeter of Big Rob. We left our blood splashed in the woods and we kept on marching. We broke the five-hundred-mile perimeter over the screaming of fallen soldiers. And here at the one-hundred-mile perimeter our force has splintered and broken and now we have lost everything.

    All we have left to fight for now is each other.

    Ducking stray fire, I close in on Beta squad's position. The soldiers are back-to-back at the edge of a clearing. Most are lost in the dusky light, but I see right away that my brainboy Carl is on his ass. The engineer is whimpering and...

About the Author-
  • DANIEL H. WILSON was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is the author of Amped, Robopocalypse, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack?, How to Build a Robot Army, The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, and Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 20, 2015
    In this sequel to Wilson's high-tech near-future thriller Robopocalypse, the artificially intelligent Archos R-14, supposedly defeated, lives on. It has released robotic parasites that change humans into cyborgs in preparation for a new war against its ancestor, Archos R-8. Meanwhile another AI, Alpha Zero, has settled into the U.S. military installation at Cheyenne Mountain, determined to create a world where humanoids can live free on their own terms. Wilson populates a fairly familiar post-apocalyptic landscape with sly refugees and weary soldiers whose newly augmented skeletons and senses are turning them into "walking weapon" in a chaotic war that will decide the fate of intelligence and humanity on Earth. This Hollywood-ready techno-thriller is packed to the brim with enough tough characters and brutal conflict to satisfy the most hardcore video gamers and action movie fans.

  • Entertainment Weekly
    "A galloping sci-fi account of a war between man and machine...A-"
  • Richmond Times-Dispatch "A near-perfect beach book for apocalyptic sci-fi fans, but here's the caveat: Slather on the sunscreen before you sit down to read it."
  • The Free Lance-Star "Fiery action."
  • Boingboing.com "Terrifying and technologically rigorous."
  • Booklist (starred) "An astounding novel."
  • The Oklahoman "Thrilling."
  • Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly "It's terrific page-turning fun."
  • Janet Maslin, New York Times "Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse is...an ingenious, instantly visual story of war between humans and robots."
  • Wall Street Journal "It'll be scarier than "Jaws": We don't have to go in the water, but we all have to use gadgets."
  • Richmond Times-Dispatch "A superbly entertaining thriller...[Robopocalypse has] everything you'd want in a beach book."
  • Associated Press "You're swept away against your will... a riveting page turner."
  • Kirkus "Things pop along at a wonderfully breakneck pace, and by letting his characters reveal themselves through their actions, Wilson creates characters that spring to life. Vigorous, smart and gripping."
  • Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm "A brilliantly conceived thriller that could well become horrific reality. A captivating tale, Robopocalypse will grip your imagination from the first word to the last, on a wild rip you won't soon forget. What a read...unlike anything I've read before." --Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author

    "An Andromeda Strain for the new century, this is visionary fiction at its best: harrowing, brilliantly rendered, and far, far too believable."
  • Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author of The Sentry
    "Robopocalypse reminded me of Michael Crichton when he was young and the best in the business. This novel is brilliant, beautifully conceived, beautifully written (high-five, Dr. Wilson)...but what makes it is the humanity. Wilson doesn't waste his time writing about 'things,' he's writing about human beings -- fear, love, courage, hope. I loved it."
  • Jack DuBrul, New York Times bestselling author "Futurists are already predicting the day mankind builds its replacement, Artificial Intelligence. Daniel Wilson shows what might happen when that computer realizes its creators are no longer needed. Lean prose, great characters, and almost unbearable tension ensure that Robopocalypse is going to be a blockbuster. Once started I defy anyone to put it down."
  • Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe "The parts of this book enter your mind, piece by piece, where they self-assemble into a story that makes you think, makes you feel, and makes you scared."
  • Booklist "Author [Daniel Wilson], who holds a doctorate in robotics, shows great promise as a worthy successor to Michael Crichton as Wilson, like the late Crichton, is skilled in combining cutting-edge technology with gripping action scenes. Expect a big demand for this frenetic thriller."
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