Robots Are Getting Their Own World War Z

With zombies, vampires, and ecological disasters destroying the world, it's time robots got another shot at the apocalypse. And soon a book and movie from the writer of How to Survive a Robot Uprising could put humanity under robot rule.

Daniel Wilson is angling to be the Max Brooks of robots, having written How to Survive a Robot Uprising and How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Aliens, Ninjas and Zombies (he also happens to have a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon). His latest manuscript, Robopocalypse, sounds like the robotic answer to Brooks' World War Z, describing human life after a robot uprising.

DreamWorks and Doubleday have snapped up the movie and publishing rights respectively, and it sounds like it won't be too long before we're fleeing from swarms of nanobots and our household appliances. DreamWorks spokesman Mark Sourian cited the manuscript's "frightening level of realism," so hopefully we'll get a richer view of the robot apocalypse than we saw in Terminator Salvation.

[Variety]