When your computer loses your email, do you ever stop to wonder if it did it on purpose? What about when your car starts making that funny noise, then stops as soon as you get a mechanic to look it over – do you wonder if maybe it’s plotting to drive you crazy? If you’ve ever felt like technology is out to get you, you might actually be right.
Fortunately for those of us who are worried about the machines taking over, Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams have brought together some of the best and brightest in genre fiction to give life to our worst fears. Robot Uprisings is a fan-freaking-tastic collection featuring everything from rogue nanobots to too smart, violent toys. Whatever your particular worries about AI or out of control technological advancements, there’s probably a story that covers it.
Each different author offers something unique and wonderful to the collection and the majority of the stories are original to Robot Uprisings. Some of my own favorites include the incredibly creepy “Lullaby” by Anna North, where a family inherits a house with a dark past; Seanan McGuire’s “We Are All Misfit Toys in the Aftermath of the Velveteen War,” which pits parents against their kids’ toys; and Alastair Reynolds’s “Sleepover,” a somewhat different view on the war against the machines.
“Complex God” by Scott Sigler
“Cycles” by Charles Yu
“Lullaby” by Anna North
“Eighty Miles an Hour All the Way to Paradise” by Genevieve Valentine
“Executable” by Hugh Howey
“The Omnibot Incident” by Ernest Cline
“Epoch” by Cory Doctorow
“Human Intelligence” by Jeff Abbott
“The Golden Hour” by Julianna Baggott
“Sleepover” by Alastair Reynolds
“Seasoning” by Alan Dean Foster
“Nanonauts! In Battle With Tiny Death Subs!” By Ian McDonald
“Of Dying Heroes and Deathless Deeds” by Robin Wasserman
“The Robot and the Baby” by John McCarthy
“We Are All Misfit Toys in the Aftermath of the Velveteen War” by Seanan McGuire
“Spider the Artist” by Nnedi Okrafor
“Small Things” by Daniel H. Wilson
11/14 Becky LeJeune
ROBOT UPRISING ed. by Daniel H. Wilson & John Joseph Adams. Vintage; First Edition edition (April 8, 2014). ISBN: 978-0345803634. 496p.