Some say the world will end in fire, some say with sentient robots turning against their human masters. I’ve always been fond of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction for some odd reason. Here are several titles I’ve been reading lately that play with world-ending, evil robots, and more.
If you haven’t already been reading Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse series, get thee to a bookstore or library and get started! It’s a great, action-packed series (written by a roboticist, no less!). Wilson and John Joseph Adams edited this anthology of short stories all about intelligent machines, smart houses, and other things that can become self-aware and make your life miserable. Robot Uprisings has seventeen stories from some fantastic authors. (Just to be safe, better opt for the dead-tree version.)
The Apocalypse Triptych
John Joseph Adams teamed up with best-selling author Hugh Howey to edit the Apocalypse Triptych, three anthologies filled with stories about the end of the world. The first, The End Is Nigh, is all about the impending disasters: ecological, technological, psychological, you name it. Book Two, The End Is Now, focuses on stories during the apocalypse. And, of course, the triptych wraps up with The End Has Come (due out in March 2015–assuming the world is still standing), which will be filled with post-apocalyptic tales.