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09 Dec 2021 * TRADE PAPERBACK * £15 * 9781800249714

A special edition of Simon Ings's selection of the 100 best short stories on artificial intelligence.

Fiction / DQ (Anthologies)
Extent: 1032 pages  Format: 240 x 170 mm
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We, Robots: Artificial Intelligence in 100 StoriesAnthosedited by Simon Ings

A special reissue from Head of Zeus's bestselling anthology series of the 100 best stories on artificial intelligence, selected by acclaimed author Simon Ings.

To ready us for the inevitable, here are 100 of the best short stories ever written – most of them by humans – about robots and artificial minds. Read them while you can, learn from them, and make your preparations...

From 1837 through to the present day, from Charles Dickens to Cory Doctorow, this collection contains the most diverse collection of robots ever assembled. Anthropomorphic robots, invertebrate AIs, thuggish metal lumps and wisps of manufactured intelligence so delicate if you blinked you might miss them. The literature of robots and artificial intelligence is so wildly diverse, in both tone and intent, that our stories form six thematic collections.

It's Alive! is about inventors and their creations.

Following the Money drops robots into the day-to-day business of living.

Owners and Servants considers the human potentials and pitfalls of owning and maintaining robots.

Changing Places looks at what happens at the blurred interface between human and machine minds.

All Hail the New Flesh waves goodbye to the physical boundaries that once separated machines from their human creators.

Succession considers the future of human and machine consciousnesses – in so far as we might have one.

With 100 stories spanning an order of magnitude more pages, Simon Ings's We, Robots is the new overlord of all robot literary compendiums. Welcome it.

Simon Ings is the author of eight previous novels and two works of non-fiction, including the Baillie Gifford longlisted Stalin and the Scientists. His debut novel Hot Head was widely acclaimed. He is the arts editor of New Scientist magazine and splits his time between a sweltering penthouse in Dubai (not his) and possibly the coldest flat in London. @simonings

Ings is highly respected and acclaimed SF fiction author as well as the arts editor for New Scientist.

One of ten special reissues for HoZ's anniversary: handsome flexi-bound editions with foil detailing and specially commissioned cover illustration.

HoZ's bestselling anthology series has sold 250,000 copies across all formats.

MARKET: Black Mirror anthologies; More Human than Human ed. by Neil Clarke.

'We, Robots is the new cyborg overlord of literary compendiums ... The scope and variety of this short story collection is impressive' Independent

'A glorious delve into the many guises of robots and artificial intelligences. This book is a joy and a triumph. Recommended most highly, and definitely one of my books of the year' SFF World

'Simon Ings goes into orbit as a science fiction master' Daily Mail

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