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How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas, and Zombies Paperback – December 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1596912816 ISBN-10: 1596912812 Edition: First Edition
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Hilariously deadpan. (The New York Times on How to Survive a Robot Uprising)

[A] spectacular debut…Wilson's often laugh-out-loud mix of irony, sarcasm and dry humor is perfectly complemented by almost two dozen illustrations by Richard Horne. (Boston Herald on How to Survive a Robot Uprising)

Splits the difference between reality and farce…juxtaposing [advancements in robotics] with droll… lifesaving remedies. (BookPage on How to Survive a Robot Uprising)

About the Author

Daniel H. Wilson received his Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising, winner of the Wired 2006 Rave Award, and Where's My Jetpack? He is a contributing editor to Popular Mechanics and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596912812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596912816
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. After earning a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he has authored seven books.

You can visit his website at www.danielhwilson.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on April 30, 2008
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Daniel Wilson, robotics PhD, presents us with his third book regarding technology. He originally taught us how to survive when the robots eventually rise up against us in How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion. Now that we know how to defeat the robots, we can use them to defend us as we must be aware of other dangers such as zombies, ninjas, aliens, Godzilla, pirates, and great white sharks to name a few. Wilson's ideas are scientifically sound and completely viable as he uses his knowledgeable background in robotics for his writing. He mixes in humorous scenarios based on cliched Hollywood movies to give the reader a light spirited trip through a robotics debriefing lesson and where the world stands in robotic advancements. Not quite as funny as the first book but just as informative. The book itself is made of foil-edged glossy pages and filled with silhouetted artwork that stands out on its own. It's entertaining, educational, and amusing to read. Also check out Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived to round out his writing collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 1, 2008
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Daniel H Wilson has a very unique style of writing. His first two books How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion and Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived were absolutely brilliant, masterpieces in fact. How to Build a Robot Army although still good, when compared to those other two books doesn't come anywhere near to jumping over the extremely high benchmark already set. The other books have a lot more humour and spend a little less time on the technical side and explain it in a lot more entertaining way than this. If you haven't read Wilson's previous two books I would suggest reading them first.

Richard Horne (the illustrator) has done another magnificent job with this volume though. I can't fault him at all.

How to Build a Robot Army is basically using your everyday robot companions to combat the Hollywood threat scenarios of aliens, vampires, Jaws and other unwanted visitors.

Although Wilson stumbled to maintain his high benchmark with his third effort, Wilson's fourth book Mad Scientist Hall of Fame: Muwahahahaha! will be worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J on August 8, 2010
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This book was probably what you would expect - pretty silly and very nerdy. If you're actually plotting something sinister with robots you should probably look elsewhere. As an engineer, I thought there might have been a couple inaccuracies, but overall very informative. The pictures are also pretty funny.

I don't see this winning any literary awards, but probably a good gift for the nerd in your family.
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I purchased this book after reading "How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion". HTSARU:TODYATCR was a wonderfully funny book, this book lacks the humor of the first book and really doesn't seem to contain the background research of the first book.

I'd say give this one a pass. Get "How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion" instead, it is a far better book or "The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead" by Max Brooks, both are similar, but superior.
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Not fun to read. Not illuminating or interesting in any way. Maybe for a little kid? Trust me, you have probably already covered in your imagination anything that is in this book--especially if you are a science fiction lover.

Too bad, really. This could have been to robots vs. aliens what Max Brooks' books are to humans vs. zombies.
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I bought this book for a friend and he loaned it to me after reading it. It's funny but if you're expecting any level of technical instruction in robotics you're looking at the wrong product. I was hoping for an even mix of futurism, comedy/silliness, and basic robotics when really the split was more 20%, 80%, 0%
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Fun and interesting book. More thought provoking than I would have imagined, not just a 'comic book' by any means. The author clearly considered a wide range of subjects and situations. Daniel Wilson shows his expertise with a gift for making it interesting. Fun and excellent graphics also.
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By Evan Liewer on April 13, 2013
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The other book, how to survive a robot uprising is a better book in my opinion. This one just is trying to be the same thing but is not as good. So i would recommend buying the other one (in red) and there really is no need to have two of the same book.
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