Daniel H. Wilson
American writer
Daniel H. Wilson
Daniel H. Wilson is a New York Times best selling author, television host and robotics engineer. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. His most recent novel, published on June 7, 2011, is Robopocalypse.
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City On Alert After Rabid Bat Bites Girl
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Laila Kearney July 24 (Reuters) - Public health officials in the northern California city of Oakland have warned residents to watch out for animals "roaming, staggering or otherwise acting in a strange manner" after a girl was bitten by a rabid bat at the city zoo. The Mexican free-tailed bat wandered onto the ledge of an otter aquarium and bit the girl on Saturday when she tried to handle it, Oakland Zoo spokeswoman Nicky Mora said. The girl, a teenage volunteer at the zoo, was recovering on Wednesday and being treated for rabies, Mora said. She said the bat was wild and did not belong to the zoo. Veterinarians euthanized the bat, which tested positive for rabies, Mora said. The bite victim, a minor, has since received post-exposure treatments for the disease and appears to be doing fine, she said. Alameda County health officials sent a warning about rabid animals. ...
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First Nations Children Poverty Rate Around 50 Per Cent
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
TORONTO - Half of Canada's First Nations children are living in poverty, triple the national average, according to a new analysis of census statistics that pegs the cost of easing the problem at $580-million a year. The study by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives being released Wednesday also paints a grim picture of Metis, Inuit, and non-status Indian children, as well as of children of immigrants and visible minorities. The analysis of census data from 2006 — the latest year relevant statistics are available — finds one-third of immigrant children and almost one-quarter of visible minority kids live below the low income line. For other indigenous children — Metis, Inuit, and non-status Indian children — the rate is about 27 per cent. The overall rate for children who belong to none of those groups is about 12 per cent. "That half of status First Nation children live in poverty should shock all Canadians," said Patricia Erb, head of the charity Save the Chil ...
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Bad News For Steven Spielberg Blockbuster
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse" has been delayed indefinitely after DreamWorks removed the film from its release schedule. According to a press release from Disney and DreamWorks, "Robopacalypse" -- which had Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw attached to star -- was initially set for release on April 25, 2014. The Hollywood Reporter was the first publication to report the news. Spielberg's attachment to the film dates back to October of 2010. In January of 2012, the director explained to Time Out London what fans could expect from his adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's novel. "It's a movie about a global war between man and machine. I had a great time creating the future on 'Minority Report,' and it's a future that is coming true faster than any of us thought it would. 'Robopocalypse' takes place in 15 or 20 years, so it'll be another future we can relate to," he said. "It's about the consequences of creating technologies which make our lives easier, and wh ...
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Sexing up Wordstock
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
A new year, a new director, and a sexy new set of themes. by Alison Hallett EVERY YEAR, Wordstock's organizers grapple with the same issues: How to transform the Oregon Convention Center from a soulless showroom floor into a literary hub. How to help interested readers find points of entry into a packed lineup of authors, and how to ensure the festival reaches beyond the convention center's halls to the city at large. Wordstock's previous director, Greg Netzer, made huge strides toward expanding the scope of the festival, a legacy that lives on this year with extracurricular events like a Live Wire! taping and an opening-night poetry slam. And this year, new director Katie Merritt has put her own stamp on the festival by making the book fair itself more dynamic than ever before. In other words: There will be sex toys. This year's lineup offers fewer of the big names that fest-goers have come to expect—there's no Jennifer Egan, no Jo ...
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Tennessee high school reading assignment hit as 'inappropriate' for profanity, violence
Fox News - over 4 years
A Tennessee high school's incoming freshmen class was given a summer reading assignment at least one parent is calling "inappropriate." Students entering Hardin Valley Academy in West Knoxville were assigned to start reading "Robopocalypse" during their summer break, according to WBIR, 10News. But Sam Lee, the parent of a 14-year-old incoming freshman, tells the station the New York Times best seller is laced with profanity and violence and should not be part of the curriculum. The book, written by Daniel H. Wilson, contains what Lee says is foul language. Lee showed the book to 10News and, according to the station, one sentence on page 79 reads, "I swear to God and all his cronies, darling I'll . . ." The sentence continues with the F-word, followed by "kill you," the station reports. There is reportedly more profanity throughout the book, as well as descriptions of violence. "My child is being forced to read profanity. This is not something that kids are talking abou ...
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Chris Hemsworth Could Star In Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse'
MTV News - over 4 years
For a breakout whose success stems largely from the Marvel Universe, Chris Hemsworth has landed a number of high profile roles outside the world of capes and mystical hammers. The latest could be with one of the biggest directors of all time. According to Deadline, Steven Spielberg wants Hemsworth to face the "Robopocalypse," the director's next project after this fall's "Lincoln." The project comes from the novel by Daniel H. Wilson and a script by "Cabin in the Woods" director Drew Goddard. Deadline didn't specify what role Hemsworth would be taking on, other than it would be the lead in the thriller about, well, the robot apocalypse. This is all well and good—we love seeing Hemsworth getting more work—but when are we going to see some footage from "Lincoln"? Yes, the corpse of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is still festering in our minds, but, Steve, it's time. Let us see some Daniel Day Lincoln! Do you want to see Chris Hemsworth in "Robopocalypse"? Let us know ...
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Bionic Brains and Beyond
Wall Street Journal - almost 5 years
High-tech implants will soon be commonplace enhancements under our skin and inside our skulls, making us stronger and smarter. Daniel H. Wilson on our 'superabled' future.
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Rise of the 'Super-Abled'
Wall Street Journal - almost 5 years
"Amped" author Daniel Wilson discusses the emergence, in the not-so-distant future, of a new class of people whose microchip-enhanced mental abilities may raise questions about what it means to be human. He speaks with WSJ's Gary Rosen.
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Waiting for the Thrill
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
Daniel H. Wilson's tech thriller Amped lacks a certain finesse. by Courtney Ferguson IN DANIEL H. WILSON'S new novel Amped, certain individuals have technology embedded under their skin. These humans are smarter and faster than norms—and because most of the federally funded upgrades went to the needy, the formerly dumb and afflicted "amps" are scaring the bejeezus out of "pure" humans. The not-so-distant future is a hotbed of class war and civil unrest. It's a rich idea—too bad it's impossible to see that pretty coathanger with a big ol' burlap sack hanging from it, in the form of bland protagonist Owen Gray. As an amp, his teaching career ends when the Supreme Court effectively sanctions nationwide discrimination of the tech-enabled. As a child, Owen's surgeon father cured his epilepsy with a special implant, so Owen bumbles out to find someone who can explain his untapped abilities after the death of his father. Ghettoized in a ra ...
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Pawn Shop Owner Sentenced
Abington Patch - almost 5 years
    According to the Times Herald, Robert Snyder, 73, of Fillmore Street, Philadelphia, was sentenced yesterday in Montgomery County Court to 10 years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit receiving stolen property, receiving stolen property in connection. He ran the now-defunct Lawndale Coin and Collectibles on Rising Sun Avenue in Philadelphia. At sentencing, Snyder paid $250,000 in restitution. According to the story, the burglaries took place in Abington, Cheltenham, Lower Moreland, Upper Moreland, Upper Dublin and Montgomery townships; there were also burglaries in Bucks and Philadelphia counties.  The story said the burglaries happened between November 2008 and October 2010.  The alleged burglars, John Daniel Wilson, 48, of Philadelphia; and William Perkins, aka John Potter aka William Potter, 63, of Philadelphia, were arrested Oct. 12, 2010. They are both in custody at Montgomery County Prison. Click on the links above to see the ...
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FISHER COLLEGE ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY STUDENT TO GRADUATE MAY 2012
Back Bay Patch - almost 5 years
(BOSTON, MA | May 9, 2012) – Fisher College is proud to announce that Senior Master Sergeant Daniel Wilson of the U.S. Air Force, E8, is expected to graduate in May 2012 from Fisher College’s Degree Completion Program (DCP). Daniel Wilson is a career U.S. Air Force service member who has served for over 20 years. Wilson and his family have relocated several times over the course of his career. While stationed at Hanscom AFB in Bedford, MA, Wilson began taking courses in Fisher College’s Degree Completion Program (DCP) about a year ago. He is expected to graduate this May in the 2012 commencement ceremony. Wilson has maintained a 3.9 GPA at Fisher College while taking care of his family and serving as an active duty Air Force service member. Wilson is currently stationed at Scott AFB in Illinois. Fisher College is dedicated to serving its veteran and active duty service members with the same honor and commitment they have shown while serving in the military. Fisher College offers ...
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Cops: Man Hit Car, Drove Away Until He Couldn't
Jefferson - almost 5 years
A man hit a parked car and kept on driving away from the scene, even though his own car had extensive damage, police said. Police said Daniel Wilson, 39 of Jefferson Township struck a parked vehicle while driving on Swan Lane. He continued to drive his vehicle until it became disabled and then fled fled the scene, police said. Officers located Wilson a short time later at his residence, police said. He was issued numerous summonses for charges including leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and reckless driving, police said. For questions on this report, contact susan.toth@patch.com.
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Junior football: Netherton hit a six to complete the double
The Evening Telegraph - almost 5 years
UNDER 16: THERE was double delight for Netherton as two wins in four days landed them the Division One crown. A midweek sucecss against Yaxley put the League Cup winners on the brink of a two-trophy season before a 6-1 win in Sunday’s game against Holbeach guaranteed a successful defence of their Division One title. Strikes from Nathan Parillon (2), Jordan Macleod, Zak Belhrazy, Sam Wilson and an own goal saw them cruise to victory. Now with three games remaining, manager Stephen Powell has challenged his team to go through the whole season unbeaten. He said: “I was really chuffed with the boys over the last two games. Yaxley and Holbeach are two very good teams so to beat them both inside a few days is a great effort, especially with the pressure of going for the league championship. “Winning a double is always special and the team can be proud of the achievement. “Now I have told them to try and go to the end of the season without losing a game which would be a nice bonus for ...
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What Could Have Been: Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Halo’ Movie
News In FILM - almost 5 years
The rise and fall of the Halo movie has become legend in Hollywood. One of the biggest video game franchises ever failing to launch a movie at the peak of its popularity due to creative differences and stubborn greed. A new article for Wired fills in a few details and examines the “culture clash” between the tech/gaming world at Microsoft and the egos of Hollywood, and how it led to the movie’s permanent place in Development Hell history. The piece, from Jamie Russell’s book GENERATION XBOX: How Video Games Invaded Hollywood, includes quotes from insiders close the deal and director Neill Blomkamp (District 9), who speaks candidly about how the production was “a clusterf*ck from day one.” Here is what happened to Halo: In February 2005, Mircosoft paid screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) $1 million for a script, beginning the company’s first (and only) foray into movies. Except, Microsoft’s corps of engineers were particularly protective of the brand, a best-selling ga ...
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South Suburban DUI Arrests, April 22
Frankfort Patch - almost 5 years
PALOS HEIGHTS April 15: Joseph Schadt, 33, of the 9200 block of Massasoit Avenue in Oak Lawn, was charged with driving under the influence. He was stopped at 3:32 a.m. for speeding and failed a field sobriety tests and a breath test, police said. April 15: Ralph Wojcik, 37, of the 7400 block of 162nd Street in Tinley Park, was charged with driving under the influence and operating an uninsured vehicle. He was stopped at 2:19 a.m. and officers noticed the smell of alcohol and his bloodshot and glassy eyes, police said. He failed all field sobriety tests, police said. April 14: Kyle Roderick, 24, of the 13300 block of 108th Avenue in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence and operation of an uninsured vehicle. He was stopped at 2:07 a.m. and officers detected a strong smell of alcohol, police said. He refused to perform field sobriety tests, police said. April 13: Sammy Najib, 25, of the 11700 block of 83rd Avenue in Palos Park, was charged with driving und ...
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Police Blotter: 3 Cars Burglarized in Same Street
New Lenox Patch - almost 5 years
THURSDAY, APRIL 19 DUI Charge Daniel Wilson, 28, of the 100 block of Pottawatomie Lane in New Lenox, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Police were called to the McDonald's in Route 30 in response to Wilson's driving. He was given a ticket and released. Tax Fraud A resident told police someone used her personal information to file a false tax return.  TUESDAY, APRIL 17 Vehicle Burglaries The car burglaries were reported early Tuesday morning, all in the 200 block of Linden Oaks Drive. The first caller said she heard glass breaking at about 4:45 a.m., and when she looked outside the window she saw an unknown person walking away with her purse. Two more cars on that block had their windows broken. A work bag was stolen from one car and a purse was taken from another.  Residential Burglary Someone stole a video game console and two purses from a home in the 400 block of Livingston Drive. Suspended License Gabriel Alavarez, 49, of J ...
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DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox team up for Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse - Filmonic
Google News - over 5 years
by Liam on September 7, 2011 · 0 comments Back in October Steven Spielberg signed on to direct his first sci-fi movie in 8 years, Robopocalypse, based on the novel by Daniel Wilson. At the time the novel wasn't released (it hit shelves in June) so
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Daniel H. Wilson
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 36
    In 2014, it was announced that Lionsgate Studios has acquired the distributing rights to Wilson's screenplay for the upcoming sci-fi film Alpha.
    More Details Hide Details Anthony Scott Burns is attached to direct, and Brad Pitt is reportedly involved in production as well.
    In 2014, Wilson's short story was adapted into the short film The Nostalgist written and directed by Giacomo Cimini.
    More Details Hide Details The short film premièred Jun 19, 2014 at the Palm Springs International Shortfest.
    His most recent novel, Robogenesis was published in June 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the elder of two children.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    In November 2010, Wilson sold his novel AMPED to Doubleday, again working with editor Jason Kaufman.
    More Details Hide Details Film rights to the novel were sold to Summit Entertainment, with Alex Proyas (Dark City, The Crow, I, Robot) attached to direct.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    In November 2009, Wilson sold his novel Robopocalypse to Doubleday, with Jason Kaufman (editor of Dan Brown, among others) coming on as editor.
    More Details Hide Details One day before rights to the novel were purchased, Wilson sold film rights to DreamWorks SKG, with Steven Spielberg officially signing on to direct.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 30
    Wilson hosted a series on the History Channel entitled The Works, which debuted on July 10, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Ten episodes of The Works aired, in which Wilson explained the hidden workings of everyday items, including Sneakers, Guns, Beer, Garbage, Robots, Skydiving, Power Tools, Steel, Motorcycles, and Tattoos. He has also appeared as himself in Modern Marvels and Countdown to Doomsday.
  • 2007
    Age 29
    In August 2007 (before publication), Bro-Jitsu was optioned by Nickelodeon Movies (a subset of Paramount Pictures) and Wilson hired to write the screenplay.
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  • 2005
    Age 27
    How to Survive A Robot Uprising, published during Wilson's final year of graduate school in late 2005, was optioned by Paramount Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details A screenplay was written by Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, and produced by Mike DeLuca. Mike Myers was attached to star;. The sequel to How to Survive a Robot Uprising, called "How to Build a Robot Army", was also optioned by Paramount Pictures. However, the options eventually expired. In October 2010, How to Survive A Robot Uprising was re-optioned by Steve Pink (writer of the films High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank) and actor Jack Black.
    He completed an M.S. in Robotics, another M.S. in Machine Learning, and his Ph.D. in Robotics in 2005 at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
    More Details Hide Details His thesis work, entitled Assistive Intelligent Environments for Automatic Health Monitoring, focused on providing automatic location and activity monitoring in the home via low-cost sensors such as motion detectors and contact switches. He has worked as a research intern at Microsoft Research, the Xerox PARC, Northrop Grumman, and Intel Research Seattle.
  • 2000
    Age 22
    He earned his B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Tulsa in 2000, spending one semester studying philosophy abroad in Melbourne, Australia at the University of Melbourne.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 18
    Wilson attended Booker T. Washington High School, graduating in 1996.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 0
    Born on March 6, 1978.
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