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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Summer 2018

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The Clockwork Dynasty
By (author): Daniel H. Wilson
9781101974087 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure Jun 26, 2018
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.7 in 320 pages Vintage
From the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse comes an epic new thriller about a race of ageless automatons who have been hiding among us for untold centuries.

When June Stefanov, a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology, uncovers a terrible secret concealed in the workings of a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, she finds herself in the middle of a hidden war that has raged for centuries.

In the depths of the Kremlin in 1725, the tsar’s loyal mechanician brings to life two astonishingly humanlike mechanical beings. Peter and Elena are a brother and sister possessed with uncanny power and destined to fight an ancient battle.

The Clockwork Dynasty interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings designed to live by ironclad principles, yet constantly searching for meaning. As June plunges deeper into their world, her choices will ultimately determine their fate. Richly-imagined and heart-pounding, Daniel H. Wilson’s novel combines exquisitely drawn characters with visionary technology—and riveting action.

Story Locale: Present Day Pacific Northwest, 18th century Russia

THRILLING SUMMER READ: This is the perfect beach paperback—a great blend of historical fiction, steampunk, and page-turning action.

TIE-IN: The Clockwork Dynasty will join Wilson’s previous books—three novels, Robopocalypse, Robogenesis, Amped, and two anthologies, Press Start to Play and Robot Uprisings—on the Vintage list. In March 2018, Vintage will publish his story collection, Guardian Angels and Other Monsters.

AUTHOR EXPERTISE: Daniel H. Wilson has a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon, and his commercial and sci-fi profile has continued to rise.

FILM AND TV UPDATE: The Clockwork Dynasty has been optioned by Fox and Hutch Parker (producer of X-Men: Apocalypse) for a large sum. Wilson also has several TV series in development, and Robopocalypse is being developed by DreamWorks.

DANIEL H. WILSON is the bestselling author of Robopocalypse, Robogenesis, Amped, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where’s My Jetpack?, How to Build a Robot Army, The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, and Guardian Angels and Other Monsters. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and earned a BS in computer science from the University of Tulsa and a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Author Residence: Portland, OR

Author Hometown: Tulsa, OK

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Advance praise for The Clockwork Dynasty:

The Clockwork Dynasty is my new favorite secret history novel! It’s like some fantastic hybrid of Highlander and The Terminator—or maybe a cross between I, Robot and The Difference Engine, with a dash of Blade Runner for good measure. It reads like classic steampunk on steroids. In other words, it’s totally bad ass and you’re going to love it.—Ernest Cline, The New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One

”Daniel H. Wilson is one of the foremost prophets of the near future…In The Clockwork Dynasty, the irrepressibly readable Wilson has retreated to pseudo-vampiric sentient robots. I say retreated because he’s dealing with the past and present, rather than the future—though his rewriting of the past is no less radical than his speculative work…. The plot is driven by a human protagonist, June Stefanov. She represents human history and continues Wilson’s excellent run of female lead characters—a distinction not to be sniffed at in male-written robot sci-fi.“—The Los Angeles Review of Books

”This bold adventure is a stew of cult-classic concepts—the automat reflect the Immortals in the Highlander franchise, while the ancient and deadly Elena is reminiscent of child vampire Claudia in Interview with the Vampire. It may wear its influences on its sleeve but it’s also a welcome treat for steampunk and fantasy fans. A thrilling mix of influences, much like Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants and HBO’s Westworld, that creates a captivating scenario begging for many sequels.“—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

”Brilliantly conceived and executed…this is science fiction at its best—thoughtful, challenging, beautifully written and astonishing."—Booklist (starred review)

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