Robopocalypse: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)

By Daniel H. Wilson

In this terrifying story of humanity’s determined stand opposed to a robotic rebellion, Daniel H. Wilson has written the main exciting sci-fi mystery in years.
 
Not a ways into our destiny, the impressive expertise that runs our international turns opposed to us. managed by way of a childlike—yet hugely powerful—artificial intelligence referred to as Archos, the worldwide community of machines on which our global has grown based all of sudden turns into an implacable, lethal foe. At 0 Hour—the second the robots attack—the human race is nearly annihilated, yet as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the 1st time unites in a made up our minds attempt to struggle again. this is often the oral background of that clash, informed through a world solid of survivors who skilled this lengthy and bloody war of words with the machines. Brilliantly conceived and amazingly distinctive, Robopocalypse is an action-packed epic with chilling implications concerning the actual know-how that surrounds us. 

 
 

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Wordlessly, he snatches a grey hoodie from the ground, throws it on, and walks out. A closed-caption tv photograph. Black-and-white. within the backside left nook, the caption reads: digital camera regulate. New go. taking a look down on sidewalks bustling with humans. within the backside of the monitor, a familiar-looking shaved head appears to be like. the teen walks up the road, fists crammed in his wallet. He stops at the nook and appears round furtively. A pay telephone a couple of ft clear of him earrings. It jewelry back. the teen gapes on the mobile as humans go him by means of. Then he turns and geese right into a comfort shop. the tv picture flips channels to a safety digicam contained in the shop. the teen grabs a soda and units it at the counter. the shop employee reaches for it yet is interrupted by means of his cellular phone ringing. With a conciliatory smile, the employee holds up one finger and solutions the telephone. “Mum? ” asks the shop employee, then pauses. “No, I dunno anyone named Lurker. ” the teen turns and leaves. outdoors, the protection digital camera pans over and zooms in at the youngster with the shaved head. He appears to be like at once into its lens with expressionless grey eyes. Then, he throws his hoodie over his face and leans again opposed to the spray-painted curler door of a closed store. hands crossed and head down, he watches: humans round him, autos, and the cameras which are perched in all places. A tall lady in excessive heels clip-clops previous at best pace. the teen visibly flinches whilst pop song blasts from her handbag. She stops and digs the telephone out. As she increases the telephone to her ear, one other music blares from a businessman passing by means of. He reaches into his pocket, pulls out the telephone. He appears to be like on the quantity and turns out to acknowledge it. Then, one other person’s telephone jewelry. And one other. Up and down the block, a refrain of cellphones ring, play song, and vibrate with dozens of simultaneous calls. humans cease on the street, smiling in ask yourself at each other because the cacophony of ringing fills the air. “Hello? ” ask a dozen varied humans. the teen stands frozen, shrinking inside of his hoodie. The tall girl waves one hand within the air. “Excuse me,” she calls. “Is a person right here named Lurker? ” the teen wrenches himself clear of the wall and hurries down the sidewalk. cellphones bray throughout him, in wallet, handbags, and baggage. Surveillance cameras stick with his each movement, recording as he shoves earlier bewildered pedestrians. Panting, he rounds a nook, throws open a door, and disappears within his personal apartment. back, the webcam view of a cluttered bed room. The obese teenage boy paces backward and forward, flexing and unflexing his palms. He mutters one notice repeatedly. The observe is “impossible. ” at the table, his cellphone jewelry many times. the teen stops and easily stares on the piece of vibrating plastic. After a deep breath, he selections up the telephone. He lifts it slowly, as though it will possibly explode. along with his thumb, the teen solutions the telephone. “Hello? ” he asks, in a really small voice. The voice that responds appears like a bit boy’s, yet whatever is incorrect.

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