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 enamored with the armed robots that do the fighting in a Civil War and the celebrity boy-soldier's who pilot them. A robot acting as a scarecrow could be a desperate 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.
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This is one of the worse collections I have ever listened to. Swanwick can usually be counted on for a good short story, but he struck out this time. Jeffery Ford had the best story, but it is the only good story out of the seven stories. I have read several stories by Elizabeth Bear and one of her books, I have yet to read one that wasn't torture to finish.
To make this even worse the narrators are pure amateurs.
Kaster did an extremely poor job on this one.
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