The robots of the 50s and 60s science fiction movies and novels captured our hearts and our imaginations. Their clunky, bulbous bodies with their clear domed heads, whirling antennae, and randomly flashing lights staggered ponderously across the screen and page and into our souls — whether as a constant companion or as the invading army threatening to exterminate our world. We can never return to that innocent time, where the robot overlords could be identified by their burning red eyes or our trusty robot sidekick would warn us instantly of danger —

Or can we?

With a touch of nostalgia and a little tongue-in-cheek humor, here are fifteen stories from today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that take us back to the time of evil robot overlords, invading armies, and not-quite-trustworthy mechanical companions. Join Julie E. Czerneda, Brandon Daubs, Tanya Huff, Brian Trent, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Jason Palmatier, Jez Patterson, Gini Koch, Lauren Fox, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Philip Brian Hall, Rosemary Edghill, R. Overwater, Helen French, and Seanan McGuire as we step into the future with a nod to the past. Hold on to those stun guns. You may need them!

- Introduction by Patricia Bray
- Road Rage (2017) by Julie E. Czerneda
- A Vague Inclination to Please (2017) by Brandon Daubs
- Oh, the Humanity (2017) by Tanya Huff
- Director X and the Thrilling Wonders of Outer Space (2017) by Brian Trent
- Gold and Glory (2017) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
- Zorlar the Terrible (2017) by Jason Palmatier
- Box, Set (2017) by Jez Patterson
- A Kitty-Bot's Tale (2017) by Gini Koch
- Rosie Cleans House (2017) by Lauren Fox
- The Dawn's Early Light (2017) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
- Iron Hail (2017) by Philip Brian Hall
- Schematic Diagram of a Murder-Bot (2017) by R. Overwater
- Pensacola Wagner and the Robot Invasion (2017) by Rosemary Edghill
- The Headspace Database (2017) by Helen French
- Heroes Never Die (2017) by Seanan McGuire

Cover art by Justin Adams

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