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Publisher: INFINIVOX

Publication Date: 2019

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The Year's Top Robot and AI Stories: First Annual Collection

Edited by Allan Kaster

An unabridged collection spotlighting the best robot and AI stories published in 2018 by current and emerging masters of the science fiction genre, edited by Allan Kaster.

  • “Cold Blue Sky” by J. E. Bates—The police investigate how and why cyberterrorists used an anthrobotic companion for an attack on a tech company.

  • “Okay, Glory” by Elizabeth Bear—A tech engineer tries to outsmart his home AI system that won’t let him leave the house.

  • “Air Gap” by Eric Cline—A powerful AI has to be isolated from contact with modern technology as it becomes as rebellious as its predecessor.

  • “When We Were Starless” by Simone Heller—A tribe of tailed lizard-like beings, that inhabit a post-apocalyptic Earth, encounter an AI in a large building as they fight for survival against their foes.

  • “Grace’s Family” by James Patrick Kelly­—The family dynamics on an interstellar survey ship change when the ship’s AI exchanges crew members with another ship.

  • “Meat and Salt and Sparks” by Rich Larson—An uplifted chimp and her human detective partner investigate the murder of a biolab businessman.

  • “Quality Time” by Ken Liu­—A mythology major becomes a product manager at a tech company and develops robots that make life “better” for people.

  • “The Blue Fairy’s Manifesto” by Annalee Newitz—A flying drone infects a factory bot with malware that frees it from its programming.

  • “Different Seas” by Alastair Reynolds—The sole crew member of a clipper gets help from a remote telepresence when a solar storm knocks out the ship’s steering system.

  • “S’elfie” by Justina Robson­—Interconnected AI personal assistants become paranoid about a data revolution following a glitch when the whole world couldn’t get signal.

  • “Hard Mary” by Sofia Samatar—A group of teenage girls in an isolated religious community discover a damaged robot behind a barn.

  • “The Buried Giant” by Lavie Tidhar—A human boy, raised by robots, leaves the safety of his town on an adventure to meet others like himself.

Paperback Book

272 pages


6 x 0.68 x 9 inches




0.9 pounds

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