edited by Allan Kaster
Read by Amy Bruce and J. P. Linton
270 minutes - Unabridged audiobook
An unabridged audio collection of seven contemporary robot tales written by some of today’s most acclaimed science fiction authors, edited by Allan Kaster. This audio production is 270 minutes long and is narrated by Amy Bruce and J. P. Linton.
“Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear — A sentient war machine combs a beach for trinkets to create memorials for its fallen comrades in the Hugo Award winning story.
“Balancing Accounts” by James Cambias — A small-time independent robotic space tug is hired by a mysterious client for a voyage between two of Saturn’s moons.
“The Seventh Expression of the Robot General” by Jeffrey Ford — A robot general coming to grips with his position in a world that no longer requires, or even understands, his role.
“Shining Armour” by Dominic Green — A city awakens its ancient guardian as it is about to be invaded by a mining company.
“The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm” by Daryl Gregory — A country ruled by a super villain comes under attack by American super heroes.
“Sanjeev and Robotwallah” by Ian McDonald — A young boy becomes enamored with the armed robots that do the fighting in a Civil War and the celebrity boy-soldiers who pilot them.
“The Scarecrow’s Boy” by Michael Swanwick — A robot acting as a scarecrow becomes a desperate young boy’s one chance of staying alive.
"This eclectic collection of short stories focuses on stories of robots. The characters are highly imaginative, ranging from an animatronic scarecrow that saves a boy to a sassy bounty hunter who finds herself facing a moral dilemma. The production is blessedly free of sci-fi robot clichés. Narrators Amy Bruce and J.P. Linton are capable, though rich production elements like sound effects and music are absent. The void is especially noticeable in this genre of audiobook. Still, the stories themselves stand out—there are more than enough gems to merit a listen." - F.G. © AudioFile