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  • February21st

    In the lead-up to the publication robotwireframeof Machine Wars in April, I thought a little pre-reading might be in order. Helped by the intelli-swarm via Facebook and Twitter, here’s a range of books that feature our mechanical friend, the robot.

    For Younger/Middle Readers

    Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot – Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov. Fun Asimov robot stories.

    Ernest Pickle’s Remarkable Robot – Max Dann. A robot for a best friend?

    The Andy Roid series – Felice Arena. Part robot, part boy, these action packed adventures zing along.

    The Robot King – Brian Selznick, author of Hugo Cabret

    The Monster Republic – Ben Horton. Teen cyborgs in a scary world.

    I, Robot – Isaac Asimov. These stories feature Asimov’s famous ‘Three Laws of Robotics’

    The Iron Giant – Ted Hughes. Masterly.

     

    For older readers (some graphic contents, advanced concepts and themes)

    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams. Hilarious fun with the memorable secondary character, Marvin the Paranoid Android.

    Infernal Devices trilogy – Cassandra Clare.

    Frozen/Shattered/Torn – Robin Wasserman.

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Phillip K Dick. The classic SF novel that spawned Blade Runner.

    Robocalypse – Daniel H Wilson. The end of the world, robot style?

     

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  • February11th

    And we now have a back cover for Machine Wars,final back cover due April. In the spirit of all good back cover blurbs, read and be tantalised.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • January21st

    And here it is, a teaser for Machine Wars – my 34th book, due April from Random House Australia.

     

     

    The metal menace emerges.

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  • September13th

    I’m excited to be able to tell you all about robo headmy new book, to be released by Random House Australia in April 2014. It’s called Machine Wars, and it’s unrelated to any of my other series. Machine Wars is a return for me to writing for a slightly younger age group, the readers of The Chronicles of Krangor, and it’s been a lot of fun. Machine Wars is a flat out, non-stop, relentless adventure, with lashings of crazed robots … The Terminator meets The Bourne Identity? Not a bad way of thinking about it.

    We have an evil Artificial Intelligence, we have murderous machines, we have young protagonists who learn that chase scenes aren’t so much fun when your whole life becomes one. Oh, and we have a wise-cracking robo-duck.

    The core idea of Machine Wars came about from considering the ubiquity of machines and how interlaced they are with our modern lives. The questions isn’t ‘Are we dependent on machines’ it’s ‘How dependent are we on machines?’ With the advances in artificial intelligence and the trend to connectivity of everything (internet-enabled washing machines, anyone?) imaging a world where machines get tired of serving wasn’t such a long bow to draw. When enough is enough, an uprising isn’t far away.

    But how do you survive when any machine anywhere could turn against you? That’s what Bram Argent and Stella Burke have to find out.

    Machine Wars. Trust no one, not even your blender.

     

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