Whats your nightmare vision of the future

I been a fan of Dr Daniel H Wilson for a while now. Does anyone know why do the news/blogs leave off his title. The man has a PhD in Robotics from the Carnegie Mellon University. Is CMU some sort of clown college or one of those one-shed divinity mills? I don’t understand why in all the links about him they don’t put on the Dr. If they are worried he might be confused for a sawbones put a Ph.D at the end.
I suspect its because he writes in an entertaining, popular way books like:
  • How to survive a robot up rising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion,
personally I am stocking up on supermagnets and thermite and reading over this wired article How to terminate a terminator.

   

  • Where’s my (damn) jetpack? A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived Which sums up how I felt on 1 January 2001.
  • Mad Scientist Hall of Fame: Muwahahahaha! -Forget the Nobel this is the pinnacle to which all scientists should aspire, and further developed the_weapon’s interest in Science. My only request is to include Dr Horrible in any future additions.

  • How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas, Monsters, and Zombies much of this excellent advice in summarized on-line  in the wired article How to Stop a 500 foot monster

So yes I am big FAN of the good doctor’s work and have been awaiting his next book, due for release June 2011 called Robopocalypse: A Novel. Which to date all I have been able to determine is

A Novel of Human Survival during an apocalyptic robot uprising, sound like a RomComRob doesn’t it?  

Given that the treacherous sentient machines turning against us is my number 2 vision of the nightmare future, right after the rise of the walking dead, and just before the spread of a Captain Trips like supervirus, this book is eagerly anticipated.

Now it seems I am part of the zeitgeist as this week it was announced that Steven Spielberg has been named as a director for the film of Robopocalypse. And Jack Black will being involved in the movie version of How to Survive a robot up rising.

 
Seriously with World War Z movie in production I am looking forward to some serious apocalyptic filmage in the next couple of years. Any other moives I need to keep an eye on?  

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9 Comments

  1. Looks like I’ve got more reading to do.

    • Don’t we all

  2. That's a shame about Jack Black being involved. He'll overact the bejaysus out of the movie and spoil it. Still, I'll go see it.Dr Wilson is a wise man. My fave method of dealing with the Terminator at 2.00 a.m. was to install Vista onto it to slow it down.

  3. Vista would bork it rotten. Particularly having to grind to a halt every morning to get more McAfee spyware, sorry updates uploaded.Either that or a big fk off magnet.

  4. Maybe I should try and write ‘how to survive when the stars are right” and fill it full of non-eucilidian squisyness form beyond the stars?

  5. I could sub-title it ‘ or has anyone seen my shoggoth?”

    • Excellent Idea, I get the standard 10% off the top for giving you the idea?

  6. The ‘Dr’ is never used on author titles–except for popular texts that are clearly influenced by marketers as in ‘Dr Karl’. On office doors and on letters–that’s pretty much what an original contribution to a body of knowledge gets you.

    • Well that and the respect and admiration of ones peers


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