Mother of Invention

Mother of Invention

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Knit robots, build spaceships, and shape the future.

Extraordinary short stories about gender, artificial intelligence and the art of building something new. Mother of Invention features the work of Seanan McGuire, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Nisi Shawl, John Chu, Justina Robson and more.

A speculative fiction anthology of diverse, challenging stories about gender and artificial intelligence.

From Pygmalion and Galatea to Frankenstein, Ex Machina and Person of Interest, the fictional landscape so often frames cisgender men as the creators of artificial life, leading to the same kinds of stories being told over and over. We want to bring some genuine revolution to the way that artificial intelligence stories are told, and how they intersect with gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, war, and the future of our species. How can we interrogate the gendered assumptions around the making of robots compared with the making of babies? Can computers learn to speak in a code beyond the (gender) binary?

If necessity is the mother of invention, what exciting AI might come to exist in the hands of a more diverse range of innovators?

Essay: Reflecting on Indigenous Worlds, Indigenous Futurisms and Artificial Intelligence by Ambelin Kwaymullina - Winner of William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155807834
Publisher: Twelfth Planet Press
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 730 KB

About the Author

Tansy Rayner Roberts lives in Tasmania with her partner and two daughters. She has a PhD in Classics and runs a small family business from home, selling the Deepings Dolls. Tansy blogs at and with a group of other wonderful Australian writers at She can be found on Twitter and Facebook as tansyrr. Power and Majesty, the first book of Tansy's Creature Court fantasy trilogy featuring flappers, shapechangers and bloodthirsty court politics, will be released from HarperCollins Voyager in June 2010.

Table of Contents

  • Mother, Mother, Will You Play With Me? by Seanan McGuire

  • Junkyard Kraken by D.K. Mok

  • An Errant Holy Spark by Bogi Takacs

  • The Goose Hair of One Thousand Miles by Stephanie Lai

  • The Art of Broken Things by Joanne Anderton

  • Sexy Robot Heroes by Sandra McDonald

  • A Robot Like Me by Lee Cope

  • New Berth by Elizabeth Fitzgerald

  • Fata Morgana by Cat Sparks

  • Bright Shores by Rosaleen Love

  • Quantifying Trust by John Chu

  • Essay: Reflecting on Indigenous Worlds, Indigenous Futurisms and Artificial Intelligence by Ambelin Kwaymullina

  • Sugar Ricochets to Other Forms by Octavia Cade

  • Kill Screen by E.C. Myers

  • Living Proof by Nisi Shawl

  • S’elfie by Justina Robson

  • Knitting Day by Jen White

  • The Revivalist by Kaaron Warren

  • Arguing With People On The Internet by E.H. Mann

  • Rini’s God by Soumya Sundar Mukherjee

  • Tidefall by Meryl Stenhouse

  • The Ghost Helmet by Lev Mirov

  • About the authors

  • About the editors

  • Acknowledgements

  • Our Kickstarter backers

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