Clarkesworld publisher Neil Clarke collects a reprint anthology of artificial human-themed short fiction.
The idea of creating an artificial human is an old one. One of the earliest science-fictional novels, Frankenstein , concerned itself primarily with the hubris of creation, and one’s relationship to one’s creator. Later versions of this “artificial human” story (and indeed later adaptations of Frankenstein ) changed the focus to more modernist questions… What is the nature of humanity? What does it mean to be human?
These stories continued through the golden age of science fiction with Isaac Asimov’s I Robot story cycle, and then through post-modern iterations from new wave writers like Philip K. Dick. Today, this compelling science fiction trope persists in mass media narratives like Westworld and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner , as well as twenty-first century science fiction novels like Charles Stross’s Saturn's Children and Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl.
The short stories in More Human than Human demonstrate the depth and breadth of artificial humanity in contemporary science fiction. Issues of passing . . . of what it is to be human . . . of autonomy and slavery and oppression, and yes, the hubris of creation; these ideas have fascinated us for at least two hundred years, and this selection of stories demonstrates why it is such an alluring and recurring conceit.
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About the Author
Neil Clarke is the award-winning publisher and editor in chief of Clarkesworld magazine, winner of three Hugo Awards for Best Semiprozine, and anthologist of the annual The Best Science Fiction of the Year from Night Shade Books. He is also the editor of Galactic Empires , and the cyborg-themed original anthology Upgraded.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
“Dolly” by Elizabeth Bear
“A Good Home” by Karin Lowachee
“The Djinn’s Wife” by Ian McDonald
“And The Ends of The Earth For Thy Possession” by Robert B. Finegold
“Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points” by JY Yang
“The Birds and the Bees and the Gasoline Trees” by John Barnes
“Fixing Hanover” by Jeff VanderMeer
“Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)” by Rachel Swirsky
“Brisk Money” by Adam Christopher
“Act of Faith” by Fadzlishah Johanabas
“The Caretaker” by Ken Liu
“Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots” by Sandra McDonald
“We, Robots” by Sue Lange
“The Education of Junior Number 12” by Madeline Ashby
“A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia
“The Man” by Paul McAuley
“The Robot’s Girl” by Brenda Cooper
“.identity” by E. Catherine Tobler
“American Cheetah” by Robert Reed
“Artifice” by Naomi Kritzer
“Small Medicine” by Genevieve Valentine
“Silently and Very Fast” by Catherynne M. Valente
“I, Robot” by Cory Doctorow
“Bit Rot” by Charles Stross
“Angels of Ashes” by Alastair Reynolds
“The Old Dispensation” by Lavie Tidhar
“Today I am Paul” by Martin L. Shoemaker