Mechanical Animals: Tales at the Crux of Creatures and Tech

Lauren Beukes (Author) Selena Chambers (Editor)
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Description

A speculative fiction safari that riffs on the traditional ideals of automata to explore our strange and competitive relationship with the natural world. Biomimicry is no stranger to literature, with canonical authors like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hans Christian Anderson, and Jules Verne setting the tone for a trope that has expounded and expanded upon what exactly separates humans from the animal kingdom as well as the boundary between machines and living beings. Featuring 15 original stories by today's top science fiction and fantasy authors and contextual mecha-fauna essays by artist and Insect Lab Studio maker, Mike Libby, and SF encyclopedist and author Jess Nevins, Mechanical Animals presents a biomimicry menagerie of animalistic machines that will blur the lines between what is and isn't nature's design.

Edited by Selena Chambers and Jason Heller

Featuring:
Mike Libby
Jess Nevins
Tessa Kum
Delia Sherman
Maurice Broaddus
Sarah Hans
Lauren Beukes
Jesse Bullington
An Owomoyela
Stephen Graham Jones
Hans Christian Andersen
Molly Tanzer
Aliette de Bodard
Nick Mamatas
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Kat Howard
Michael Cisco
Adrian Van Young
Robert T. Toombs
Joseph S. Pulver, Jr.
Alistair Rennie
Jules Verne
Caroline Yoachim
Carrie Vaughn

Product Details

Price
$19.99  $18.39
Publisher
Hex Publishers LLC
Publish Date
November 27, 2018
Pages
418
Dimensions
5.0 X 0.93 X 8.0 inches | 0.99 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780999773673
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About the Author

Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics and screeplays. She's the author of the critically-acclaimed international best-seller Broken Monsters, as well as The Shining Girls, about a time traveling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir and winner of the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, and the neo-political thriller Moxyland. She worked as a journalist and as show runner on one of the South Africa's biggest animated TV shows, directed an award-winning documentary and wrote the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Selena Chambers' fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a variety of venues including MungBeing magazine, Clarkesworld, The Non-Binary Review, Pornokitsch, Tor.com, Bookslut, and in recent anthologies such as Cthulhu's Daughter (Prime Books, 2016), and Cassilda's Song (Chaosium, 2015). Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart, Best of the Net, the Hugo award, and two World Fantasy awards, including one in 2016 for the story The Neurastheniac, included in this collection. Writing as S. J. Chambers in 2011, she co-authored the critically-acclaimed and best- selling The Steampunk Bible with Jeff Vandermeer (Abrams Image), but has since eschewed the initials. She is currently editing an anthology with Jason Heller for Hex Publishing named Mechanical Animals, forthcoming in 2018.

Reviews

INTRODUCTION: MAKING TOTEMIC SENSE
Mike Libby

MECHANICAL ANIMALS
Jess Nevins

TWO BEES DANCING
Tessa Kum

BRASS MONKEY
Delia Sherman

THE REBEL
Maurice Broaddus and Sarah Hans

EXHIBITIONIST
Lauren Beukes

STRAY FROG
Jesse Bullington

THE HARD SPOT IN THE GLACIER
An Owomoyela

EVERY SINGLE WONDERFUL DETAIL
Stephen Graham Jones

THE NIGHTINGALE
Hans Christian Andersen

LE CYGNE BAISEUR
Molly Tanzer

AMONG THE WATER BUFFALOES, A TIGER'S STEPS
Aliette de Bodard

THE TWIN DRAGONS OF SENTIMENTALITY AND DIDACTICISM
Nick Mamatas

THE ARTIST OF THE BEAUTIFUL
Nathaniel Hawthorne

GLASS WINGS
Kat Howard

BET THE FARM
Michael Cisco

LONG PIG
Adrian Van Young

Excerpt from ELECTRIC BOB'S BIG BLACK OSTRICH; OR, LOST ON THE DESERT
Robert T. Toombs

LOOKIN' OUT MY BACKDOOR
Joseph S. Pulver, Jr.

THE ISLAND BRUSHED BY GHOSTS
Alistair Rennie

Excerpt from THE STEAM HOUSE: CHAPTER V: THE IRON GIANT
Jules Verne

THE CLOCKWORK PENGUIN DREAMED OF STARS
Caroline Yoachim

CLOSER TO THE SKY
Carrie Vaughn