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Head of Zeus
We, Robots
We, Robots: Artificial Intelligence in 100 Stories edited by Simon Ings

Artificial intelligence in 100 stories.

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.

Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book * Science Fiction
10 Dec 2020 * 1032pp * £8.99 * 9781789540925
'A glorious delve into the many guises of robots and artificial intelligences. There is a wealth and a range in the stories that have clearly been chosen with some thought ... This book is a joy and a triumph. There's nothing artificial about this one – We, Robots shows us a book not afraid to show us the genre's past but more importantly where it is going. Recommended most highly, and definitely one of my books of the year'
SFF World
'We, Robots: Artificial Intelligence in 100 Stories is the new cyborg overlord of literary compendiums ... The scope and variety of this short story collection is impressive'

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

'Entertaining and intelligent' Time Out, Hot Head.

'Both intriguing and unsettling. You should read Simon Ings' iD Magazine.

'Simon Ings, my telepathic abilities tell me, has a serious career ahead of him' Guardian.

'A grim, gripping and unrelenting tale'
 Irish Independent, on Painkillers
Simon Ings
Simon Ings
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
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