Edited by Allan Kaster
Date: 01 March 2010 /
From back of CD case: This is a collection of seven contemporary robot tales written by some of today's most acclaimed science fiction authors. A sentient war machine combs a beach for trinkets to create memorials for its fallen comrades in the Hugo Award winning story, "Tideline," by Elizabeth Bear. In "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, involves a robot general coming to grips with his position in a world that no longer requires, or even understands, his role. A city awakens its ancient guardian as it is about to be invaded by a mining company in "Shining Armour" by Dominic Green. In "The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm," by Daryl Gregory, a country ruled by a super villain comes under attack by American super heroes. In "Sanjeev and Robotwallah," by Ian McDonald, a young boy becomes enamoured with the armed robots that do the fighting in a Civil War and the celebrity boy-soldiers who pilot them. A robot acting as a scarecrow could be a desperate young boy's one chance of staying alive in "The Scarecrow's Boy" by Michael Swanwick. These are unabridged readings by Amy Bruce and J.P. Linton.