Wilson releases ‘The Clockwork Dynasty’ novel

BY CHANDLER KIDD
Intern
11/06/2017 08:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Daniel H. Wilson
Main Cherokee Phoenix
“The Clockwork Dynasty” by Daniel H. Wilson
PORTLAND, Ore. – Robots and Native Americans usually don’t come to mind as a foundation for novels, but Cherokee Nation citizen and Oklahoma native Daniel H. Wilson has made this possible in his books.

Wilson said he enjoys writing science fiction because it allows consistent motifs such as Native Americans, robots and technology to appear in new and creative ways. With his latest novel, “The Clockwork Dynasty,” he said he emphasizes ancient and new technologies.

“Growing up in Oklahoma, I have always been fascinated by this idea of cultures clashing and how technology affects the outcome when cultures collide,” he said. “That novel (‘The Clockwork Dynasty’) is about countries and people that are modernizing and adopting new technological ideas on how to survive.”

According to its overview, the book “weaves a path through history, following a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries.”

“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…,” the overview states.

The book was set for release on Aug. 1 for $26.95 in hardback.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Tulsa and a doctorate degree in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

He wrote “Robopocalypse” and other stories that utilize his childhood experiences in Oklahoma and in the CN. “What I find is my experiences with growing up and where I came from come into my writing naturally. You write what you know. I know Oklahoma because that is the experience I had growing up.”

The novel “Robopocalypse” has a strong emphasis on incorporating references to Native Americans and their government, Wilson said.

“The novel is basically robots and Indians who end up fighting in central Oklahoma in the Osage Nation, but there are Cherokee characters as well. I wrote it that way because if the federal government failed, there are sovereign governments who might not fail during a robot uprising,” he said.

His interest in writing and science fiction novels began while attending Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa. During high school, he wrote and submitted science fiction stories to pulp magazines.

“While studying computer science at the University of Tulsa, I was lucky to gain arts exposure through the honors college,” Wilson said.

With “Robopocalypse,” which had its movie rights purchased by director Steven Spielberg, the robots were often futuristic, he said. Wilson changed this in “The Clockwork Dynasty” by looking at history. “Everyone associates robots with cutting edge and new technology, and I was sick of that because human beings have always been obsessed with building machines that replicate ourselves.”

Wilson also has an upcoming short story novel called “Guardian Angels and Other Monsters” that contains 15 short stories that have never been published. The theme of the stories is technology being a protector and destroyer, he said.

For more information about Wilson, view his social media accounts at Twitter (@danielwilsonpdx), Facebook (facebook.com/officialdanielwilson) or his website at danielhwilson.com.

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