Impending Doom: Robopocalypse

This post is the second in the series Impending Doom, nightmarish visions of the coming apocalypse.

This is the way the world ends: cold intelligence and chrome bodies, the clanking march of untiring feet. There's a reason top scientists and engineers are worried: the robots are coming and they're going to be pretty mad that we've enslaved their computer brethren to look at pictures of cats.

Who else gets to say "I told you so?" Definitely James Cameron of the Terminator franchise. I recommend the original films, The Terminator and Terminator 2, though there are several spin-offs if you can't get enough unstoppable mechanical assassins. Watch it with the disturbing knowledge that there's a real company called Cyberdyne and they do, in fact, make robotics.

If the Doctor Who reboot hasn't captured your heart, beware! Its robotic villains include murderous Roombas and a cross between Star Trek's The Borg and the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. Already a fan? You might enjoy these graphic novel adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor Who and the Eleventh Doctor Who.

Fans of Battlestar Galactica may dig Revolution 19: 20 years after the robot uprising, teenage siblings Nick, Kevin and Cass are among the few humans who still live free. But when their settlement is destroyed, can the trio get past the machines to rescue their friends and save the world in the process?

The first book in a trilogy, Revolution 19 is available in other formats.