FICTION
More Human than Human: Stories of Androids, Robots, and Manufactured Humanity
Night Shade: Skyhorse. Nov. 2017. 672p. ed. by . ISBN 9781597809146. pap. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781597806183. SF
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The central theme of this anthology is artificial intelligence (AI), which, it turns out, is a very broad term when interpreted by the prominent sf authors selected here. The strength of this book lies in the original and creative ways that writers like Jeff Vandermeer, Cory Doctorow, Catherynne M. Valente, and Elizabeth Bear tackle important issues surrounding AI. You won't find slow, clunky robots clambering after petrified humans; instead, the collection features emotionally compelling and intellectually engaging stories that challenge traditional notions of AI and how we might interact with it in the future. Even as someone who reads in this genre often, this reviewer was pleasantly surprised at the unexpected ways the theme of artificial intelligence was integrated into these pieces.
VERDICT Appropriate for young adult readers and up, with minimal violence and sexual content. Sf aficionados will want to add this volume to their reading list as it features many recognizable authors and a slew of captivating stories.

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