Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Daniel H. Wilson's "A Boy and His Bot"

Daniel H. Wilson is an engineer who earned his PhD in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. His books include Bro-Jitsu, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack? and How to Build a Robot Army.

Here he shares some ideas about an adaptation of his new novel for readers age 9-12, A Boy and His Bot:
A Boy and His Bot takes place in an experimental world populated entirely by robots and abandoned for the last thousand years. The movie will have to mix live-action and plenty of computer-generated effects. That said, Code Lightfall (the "boy") explores an incredible (and incredibly dangerous) new world with its own set of rules. The mechanical inhabitants of this place don't know or care much about human beings. The actor Max Records, from Where the Wild Things Are, definitely has experience with this situation. As for Gary (the atomic slaughterbot who accompanies Code on his travels), well, he should obviously be voiced by Forest Whitaker. Because every movie is better for having a little Forest Whitaker.
Learn more about the book and author at Daniel Wilson's blog.

--Marshal Zeringue