Author Daniel Wilson on his latest novel The Clockwork Dynasty

Robopocalypse writer Daniel Wilson’s centuries-spanning sci-fi saga, The Clockwork Dynasty, revolves around a secret society of 18th-century automatons and their plight to retain their principles and identity down through the ages. The time-shifting fairytale centers around a 7-foot sentient machine crafted in the likeness of Russia’s Peter the Great, and a hidden truth behind his race’s creation and ultimate salvation.

With hints of Highlander, a touch of The Terminator, shards of Edward Scissorhands, and a dusting of Doctor Zhivago, Wilson’s latest introduces an autonomous race of ancient androids not so different from ourselves. It’s a thoroughly engaging read that traps you in its grinding narrative cogs and lingers long after the final page has turned.



Here’s the official description from Doubleday:

Present day: When a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology uncovers a terrible secret concealed in the workings of a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, she is thrown into a hidden world that lurks just under the surface of our own. With her career and her life at stake, June Stefanov will ally with a remarkable traveler who exposes her to a reality she never imagined, as they embark on an around-the-world adventure and discover breathtaking secrets of the past…

Russia, 1725: In the depths of the Kremlin, the tsar’s loyal mechanician brings to life two astonishingly humanlike mechanical beings. Peter and Elena are a brother and sister fallen out of time, possessed with uncanny power, and destined to serve great empires. Struggling to blend into pre-Victorian society, they are pulled into a legendary war that has raged for centuries.

On the eve of his new novel’s publication on Tuesday, August 1, I had the pleasure of chatting with the renowned roboticist, who illuminated us on how Hollywood came courting, the central human paradox, and how these…

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