Tulsa native Daniel Wilson left an indelible mark on the science-fiction world with the publication of his debut novel, Robopocalypse. Wilson, who resides in Portland, Ore., hopes to make a splash in the app world with the release of Mayday! Deep Space. The app, which was released in January, capitalizes on Wilson’s interests in technology, robotics and screenwriting. It applies speech recognition to lead the player to save crewmembers on a derelict spaceship from a virus through five levels.
“By employing spoken commands, I hoped to forge an intimate, emotional experience,” says Wilson. “My goal for Mayday was simple: create a story that you can play.”
Wilson completed his bachelor’s degree at The University of Tulsa, then attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he received a Ph.D. in robotics. He is also the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising, How to Build a Robot Army and A Boy and His Bot. – Jami Mattox