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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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“Well-known SF authors grace this . . . top-notch selection of imaginative and thought-provoking stories.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review