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Robot Uprisings by Daniel H. Wilson

Robot Uprisings

by Daniel H. Wilson (Editor), John Joseph Adams (Editor)

Other authors: Jeff Abbott (Contributor), Julianna Baggott (Contributor), Ernest Cline (Contributor), Cory Doctorow (Contributor), Alan Dean Foster (Contributor)11 more, Hugh Howey (Contributor), John McCarthy (Contributor), Ian McDonald (Contributor), Seanan McGuire (Contributor), Anna North (Contributor), Nnedi Okorafor (Contributor), Alastair Reynolds (Contributor), Scott Sigler (Contributor), Genevieve Valentine (Contributor), Robin Wasserman (Contributor), Charles Yu (Contributor)

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I picked this up at Steampunk World's Fair a few years back, but hadn't gotten around to reading it until now. I'm glad I finally did! Like any short story collection, it has a mix of gems and duds. Here are some stories that stood out to me:

* "Eighty Miles an Hour All the Way to Paradise" (Genevieve Valentine) is a haunting post-apocalyptic tale about survival, and who we pick up along the way, and being left behind.
* "Epoch" (Cory Doctorow) has an interesting take on a rogue A.I. from a sysadmin's point of view.
* "The Golden Hour" (Juliana Baggott) features an unlikely rebel and a ray of hope in a capricious and regimented world.
* "Sleepover" (Alastair Reynolds) has a downright unsympathetic protagonist, but it's got an evocative setting, and a really interesting take on an old philosophical idea.
* "Of Dying Heroes and Deathless Deeds" (Robin Wasserman) is a tragic exploration of trauma, ambiguous moral choices, and poetry.
* "The Robot and the Baby" (John McCarthy) is a short, fun piece that I like because its wacky robot behavior is grounded in realistic computer programming. (Not surprising, perhaps, since the author invented the original Lisp programming language.) Note however that it does feature a rather unfortunate stereotype of a "crack mother".
* "We Are All Misfit Toys in the Aftermath of the Velveteen War" (Seanan McGuire) is a sorrowful tale about fading hope, callousness, and unintended consequences. It also features a clever use of a technology that isn't usually depicted in fiction.
* "Small Things" (Daniel H. Wilson) unfurls a horrifying apocalyptic wonderland at the same time it gradually reveals more about the protagonist's tragic backstory. It's a well-crafted gem of glittering terror. ( )
  lavaturtle | Feb 4, 2018 |
This was a solid anthology. Not for those uninterested in robots (as the title would suggest). The Wilson story is a bit drawn out and frankly disappointing. The highlight for me was the Jeff Abbott story. ( )
  kallai7 | Mar 23, 2017 |
Robot Uprisings
Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams

I picked up a copy of this book as soon as it came out. I'm a big fan of Daniel H. Wilson and appreciate his take on the possible path our future with technology may take. His previous book Robopocalypse and Amped were two I enjoyed greatly, even if it does seem that the author has more sympathy or connection to his robot characters than his human ones at times!

Personally, despite being raised on Terminator....or maybe because I was raised on Terminator, when I thought of that A.I. moment it was always a cyborg, or a small military machine. I never actually imagined the various ways which our lives could be completely taken over by the little things, the things we walk past every day. Two examples shown in this anthology that forced me to change my mindset, include the machines that make our foods adding additives that makes us slow and forgetful or car that are guided and controlled by their GPS system. One is passive and non threatening whilst the other could not be more horrifying. Either way after finishing, it certainly seems we have left ourselves wide open.

You think not? Imagine a panicked phone message from a relative telling you to meet at a certain place, an elevator imploring you to evacuate the building and then letting you drop or your children's favourite toy suddenly deciding it does not like being told what to do and asking it to follow them somewhere special. Jeez it gives me the willies just thinking about it.

Each story in this collection examines a different element of this techno uprising and without spoiling anything you may never find yourself looking at your office or home in the same way again.

If you have not read Daniel H. Wilsons book Robopocolypse this is an excellent lead in. The fact that Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct the film adaptation should give you some confidence. ( )
  areadingmachine | Aug 19, 2014 |
JJA's anthologies are brilliant and bringing along stories if robot conflicts makes this collection a fun group of stories from some great authors. Loved it and hope maybe some day another set will be out together. ( )
  capiam1234 | Jul 13, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wilson, Daniel H.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, John JosephEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbott, JeffContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baggott, JuliannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cline, ErnestContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doctorow, CoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foster, Alan DeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Howey, HughContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCarthy, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDonald, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McGuire, SeananContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
North, AnnaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Okorafor, NnediContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reynolds, AlastairContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sigler, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valentine, GenevieveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wasserman, RobinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345803639, Paperback)

Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry? From self-aware robotic toys to intelligent machines violently malfunctioning, this anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the increasing presence of robots in our lives. With contributions from a mix of bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming writers, and including a rare story by “the father of artificial intelligence,” Dr. John McCarthy, Robot Uprisings meticulously describes the exhilarating and terrifying near-future in which humans can only survive by being cleverer than the rebellious machines they have created.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:38 -0400)

"As real robots creep into our lives, so does a sense of fear--we have all wondered what horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry. This anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the machines we live with. With contributions by Alan Dean Foster, Charles Yu, Hugh Howey, Daniel H. Wilson, Corey Doctorow, Ian McDonald, Ernie Cline, Jeff Abbott, Robin Wasserman, and Anna North, Robot Uprisings contains meticulously described, exhilarating trips to futures in which humans can only survive by being more clever and tenacious than the rebellious machines they have unwittingly created"--… (more)

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