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More Human than Human

More Human than Human

Stories of Androids, Robots, and Manufactured Humanity
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ISBN: 9781597809146
Published: 11/14/2017


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.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Dolly — Elizabeth Bear
A Good Home — Karin Lowachee
The Djinn’s Wife — Ian McDonald
And The Ends of The Earth For Thy Possession — Robert B. Finegold
Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points — JY Yang
The Birds and the Bees and the Gasoline Trees — John Barnes
Fixing Hanover — Jeff VanderMeer
Grand Jeté (The Great Leap) — Rachel Swirsky
Brisk Money — Adam Christopher
Act of Faith — Fadzlishah Johanabas
The Caretaker — Ken Liu
Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots — Sandra McDonald
We, Robots — Sue Lange
The Education of Junior Number 12 — Madeline Ashby
A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight — Xia Jia
The Man — Paul McAuley
The Robot’s Girl — Brenda Cooper
.identity — E. Catherine Tobler
American Cheetah — Robert Reed
Artifice — Naomi Kritzer
Small Medicine — Genevieve Valentine
Silently and Very Fast — Catherynne M. Valente
I, Robot — Cory Doctorow
Bit Rot — Charles Stross
Angels of Ashes — Alastair Reynolds
The Old Dispensation — Lavie Tidhar
Today I am Paul — Martin L. Shoemaker

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About the Editor

Praise for Neil Clarke’s Anthologies with Night Shade Books
 
“Readers should savor the stories a few at a time to get the most out of Clarke’s superior selections . . . but there are no inferior pieces here. This is a fine, thoughtful book.
Publishers Weeklystarred review for Not One of Us
 
“Well-known SF authors grace this . . . top-notch selection of imaginative and thought-provoking stories.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review for More Human Than Human
 
“Clarke’s stellar reprint anthology explores the expansive variety of space exploration stories. . . . Outstanding works in which extreme environments bring out the best and worst of human nature.”
Publishers WeeklyStarred Review for The Final Frontier

“Twenty one fascinating tales from some of science fiction’s new stars. The reprint collection is multicultural and diverse, with tales of all kinds and from some unusual places. . . . Many standouts in this one and likely something here for all sorts of different kinds of folks.”
—Manhattan Book Review, 4.5/5 Stars for The Final Frontier
 
“This hefty anthology of imperial SF covers great space battles, small dramas within an empire, hopeless bureaucracy, and even living space stations, zooming in and out to capture every nuance . . . The diverse array of stories ensures that there’s plenty of interest for any fan of large-scale SF.” 
Publishers Weekly on Galactic Empires

Masterful editor Neil Clarke has assembled an exotic, bountiful treasure chest of reprint tales dedicated to that mode of SF that can arguably be said to constitute the very core of the field, the space opera.”
Asimov’s on Galactic Empires
 
“Clarke has assembled a wide range of authors – from old masters like Robert Silverberg to more recent talents such as Aliette De Bodard – each offering a different take on the central premise. . . There isn’t a bad piece amongst them . . . the Galaxy really is there for the taking.”
Starburst on Galactic Empires, reviewed by Alister Davison

“As editor Clarke points out in his introduction, when most people hear the term galactic empire, they immediately picture Darth Vader and Star Wars. But there is a long history of star-faring empires in the genre, with stories that imagine our human tendencies to explore and conquer among the stars. . . . The stories gathered here, all of which have appeared elsewhere, show the huge range of possibilities of the chosen theme.” 
Library Journal on Galactic Empires

“The first must-read anthology of the year, no question, is Neil Clarke’s Galactic Empires, an ambitious (read: huge) collection of SF tales featuring far-flung confederations in the stars. The TOC is a who’s-who of virtually everyone doing important work at short length in science fiction.” 
—John O’Neil, Black Gate on Galactic Empires

Brings together some of the best voices writing in the genre today. . . . a stunning collection of short fiction.”
WorldsInInk on Galactic Empires