Night Shade Books
On Sale: November 7, 2017
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The idea of creating an artificial human is an old one.
One of the earliest science-fictional novels,
Frankenstein, concerned itself primarily with the hubris
of creation, and one’s relationship to one’s creator.
Later versions of this “artificial human” story (and
indeed later adaptations of Frankenstein) changed the
focus to more modernist questions… What is the nature of
humanity? What does it mean to be human? These stories
continued through the golden age of science fiction with
Isaac Asimov’s I Robot story cycle, and then through
post-modern iterations from new wave writers like Philip
K. Dick. Today, this compelling science fiction trope
persists in mass media narratives like Westworld and
Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, as well as twenty-first
century science fiction novels like Charles Stross’s
Saturn's Children and Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl.
The short stories in More Human than Human demonstrate
the depth and breadth of artificial humanity in
contemporary science fiction. Issues of passing . . . of
what it is to be human . . . of autonomy and slavery and
oppression, and yes, the hubris of creation; these ideas
have fascinated us for at least two hundred years, and
this selection of stories demonstrates why it is such an
alluring and recurring conceit.
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