Night Shade Books
On Sale: November 7, 2017
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Clarkesworld publisher Neil Clarke collects a
reprint anthology of artificial human-themed short fiction.
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 oneâ€™s relationship to oneâ€™s creator.
Later versions of this â€śartificial humanâ€ť story (and indeed
later adaptations of Frankenstein) changed the focus
to more modernist questionsâ€¦ 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 Asimovâ€™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 Scottâ€™s Blade Runner, as well as twenty-first
century science fiction novels like Charles Strossâ€™s
Saturn's Children and Paolo Bacigalupiâ€™s The
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.
1 comment posted.
Re: More Human than Human
This sounds like an interesting read. I've not read
traditional science fiction in years but this could do it!
(Kathleen Bylsma 3:23pm November 9, 2017)
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