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Preliminary Reading for New Anthologies

I have two more reprint anthologies scheduled for 2017:

  1. More Human than Human (Night Shade Books, 250K words) – androids, synths, replicants, and other artificial humans.
  2. War Machines (Prime Books, ~200K words) – the machines of war, whether they be independent in thought or controlled by an operator

There will be an open call for submissions for both projects within the next month, but at this point I am in the preliminary reading phase, looking for stories that I can build around and use to set the overall tone/direction. (I already have some in mind, but that could change as this process unfolds.)

If you would like to recommend some stories from the last twenty years that you think I should be considering, please feel free to leave a comment on this post or email me at neil (at)



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  1. Would Synthetic Consciousness count for the “More Human…” theme?
    “Land of Light” in the Imagine Africa 500 anthology from 2015/2016

  2. Foxfire, Foxfire by Yoon Ha Lee, and Tideline by Elizabeth Bear were the first two that came to mind, but they’re probably already on your list…

  3. Oh, another one that comes to mind for War Machines is The Day the Pod Landed by Jeff Cross published at Redstone SF.

  4. For #1, DEFINITELY check out “How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps,” by A. Merc Rustad. Originally pub Scigentasy, March 2014, reprinted many other places including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015.

  5. Some have already come to mind, but better safe than sorry! Keep ’em coming!

  6. James Rosenzweig

    “The Pinocchio Complex”, by Sarina Dorie?

  7. Another recommendation for Merc’s “How to become a robot” piece for the first antho. It’s brilliant and moving.

    You might enjoy my piece “Rocket Surgery” from last year’s Jan/Feb issue of Analog, about a sentient smart bomb.

  8. Miles Trombley

    How many words does each short story submission must have for your new anthologies?

  9. I haven’t set specific word counts at this point, but I generally steer away from stories under 2000 words for a project like these.

  10. Miles Trombley

    Can the stories be any type of genre as long as they have robots in it? Or do the stories have to follow themes about robots? I have a story with characters who can change into robots, but the entire theme is about them stopping terrorists from destroying an alien empire on a distant planet. Transforming into robots are basically their super powers. If it doesn’t work, I can come up with another idea.

    • Miles: Not sure about the changing into robots thing, but there should be androids, and that they are androids should be relevant. If in doubt, simply submit it during the open reading period and I’ll decide on a case-by-case basis.

  11. Miles Trombley

    Ok. My concept is unique. They can be considered as cyborgs if that is alright. I will let you read it whenever you can. Thank you.

    • Ah, cyborgs are a bit outside of what I’m after this time. Looking more for artificial humans rather than enhanced humans.

  12. Miles Trombley

    Ok. What about your War Machine anthology? Could my concept fit in that anthology?

  13. Miles Trombley

    Ok. There is no war in my draft. Only battles and terrorist attacks. Plus their robotic forms are built for combat. Think Transformers, except humans who can transform into war machines.

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