In their first anthology, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, editors Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe brought together some of the finest voices in modern science fiction and fantasy to pen stories as elemental as the classic fairy tales that inspired them. Their efforts have thus far been recognized with 10 nominations for major awards in the genre—including two (the Locus and Shirley Jackson awards) for the anthology as a whole. and many more for its individual stories—and they are wasting no time in readying their second act. In January, Saga Press will publish Robots vs. Fairies, a new anthology edited by Parisien and Wolfe, who asked 18 well-known, award-winning, and up-and-coming authors to write stories that make a case for their chosen winner in the age-old battle of science and magic.
We’ve got the gorgeous cover art below, but before you gaze upon it, you’ll want to know a little bit more about the book—and who’s in it.
Get ready for the ultimate deathmatch between the mechanical and the magical.
Travel with us to distant stars, step sideways into worlds under the hill, journey across ruined landscapes at the end of the world, solve riddles in the Old West, and follow that strange music to the dive bar down the road. The robots and fairies are waiting for you there, they are waiting for you everywhere. And now the time has come to choose a side. Old stories will be upgraded, worlds will collide, science will give way to magic and magic will become science.
Join 18 bestselling, award-winning and up and coming authors as they pick a side and take a stand to answer the question on everyone’s mind: when the lasers cease firing and the fairy dust settles, who will triumph in the epic battle between the artificial and the (super)natural?
The list of contributors suggests the editors have either black magic or mad science on their side. How else to explain this list of names?
- Madeline Ashby
- Delilah S. Dawson writing as Lila Bowen
- Jeffrey Ford
- Sarah Gailey
- Max Gladstone
- Maria Dahvana Headley
- Jim C. Hines
- Kat Howard
- Mary Robinette Kowal
- Ken Liu
- Jonathan Maberry
- Seanan McGuire
- Annalee Newitz
- Tim Pratt
- John Scalzi
- Lavie Tidhar
- Catherynne M. Valente
- Alyssa Wong
And now, that cover art we promised you, which, in classic versus fashion, features the work of two artists. Amy Sol did the fairy art, Vault 49 contributed the robot art; Saga art director Lizzy Bromley brought them together. Witness:
“We’re really thrilled with this cover,” Wolfe said. “When art director Lizzy Bromley told me she was going to hire two different artists and mesh them together in one cover to capture robots and fairies, I was pretty excited—and she pulled it off beyond our wildest dreams. This cover is badass, just like the book.”
Robots vs. Fairies will be released in trade paperback in January. If you haven’t read The Starlit Wood yet (what are you waiting for?), it’s out in paperback this fall; the hardcover is available now.