Robots Through the Ages: A Science Fiction Anthology

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Robert Silverberg (b. 1935) sold his first science fiction stories to the lower-grade pulps in the mid-fifties, moved swiftly to the three prestigious magazines (ASTOUNDING, GALAXY and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION) and as his style deepened and themes expanded in through the next reached the first rank of science fiction writers. He is regarded as the greatest living writer of science fiction, an SFWA Grandmaster, ex-President (in the 1960' s) of that organization, winner of five Nebulas, four Hugos and many other domestic and foreign awards. Among his famous novels are DYING INSIDE, THE BOOK OF SKULLS, DOWNWARD TO THE EARTH, A TIME OF CHANGES; his novella BORN WITH THE DEAD (1974) is perhaps the finest work of that length published within the genre. Shifting to a predominating fantasy in the late 1970's (LORD VALENTINE' S CASTLE and the attendant Majipoor Series), Silverberg continued to write science fiction and won a Nebula in 1986 for the novella SAILING TO BYZANTIUM, and Hugos for the novelettes GILGAMESH IN THE OUTBACK and ENTER A SOLDIER: LATER, ENTER ANOTHER. He was editor of the long-running original anthology series New Dimensions and of important reprint anthologies such as THE SCIENCE FICTION HALL OF FAME, ALPHA and THE ARBOR HOUSE TREASURY OF MODERN SCIENCE FICTION.
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is the Hugo-nominated and #1 bestselling editor of twenty-two anthologies and numerous novels, including the worldwide bestseller The Martian by Andy Weir, and books by Frank Herbert, Alan Dean Foster, and Angie Fox, among others. His books have been published by St. Martin's Press, Baen Books, Titan Books, IDW, Blackstone Publishing, and many more. His novel series include the Saga of Davi Rhii and the John Simon Thrillers. His debut novel, The Worker Prince, received Honorable Mention on Barnes and Noble's Year's Best Science Fiction of 2011. His latest novel, Shortcut, a hard science fiction thriller, should be released in 2023 and a movie is in development. He has written numerous short stories, including official entries for the Joe Ledger, Monster Hunter International, Predator, Aliens vs. Predators, and The X-Files series, as well as originals. As editor, his anthologies include the bestselling Monster Hunter Files with Larry Correia, two Joe Ledger anthologies with Jonathan Maberry, two anthologies in the Predator movie tie-in series, Aliens vs. Predators: Ultimate Prey with Jonathan Maberry, two Infinite Stars volumes, and many more. He lives in Ottawa, Kansas, with his two dogs and three very naughty cats. He can be found online at and as @BryanThomasS on Twitter and Facebook.
SEANAN McGUIRE is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant. Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1913?) was one of the leading men of letters in nineteenth-century America and a Civil War veteran. He served as a first lieutenant in the Union Army's 9th Indiana Infantry Regiment. After the war he became a regular columnist at The San Francisco Examiner and one of the most influential journalists on the West Coast. In addition to his journalistic work, he wrote piercingly about the ghastly things he had seen in the war and was a pioneer of the psychological horror story. At the age of seventy-one Bierce disappeared while joining Pancho Villa's army as an observer of the Mexican Revolution, and, in spite of multiple investigations, his ultimate fate remains unknown.

Jack Williamson (1908-2006) published his first short story in 1928. The second person named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, he was always in the forefront of the field, being the first to write fiction about genetic engineering (he invented the term), antimatter, and other cutting-edge science.

During his fifty-five-year career, Clifford D. Simak produced some of the most iconic science fiction stories ever written. Born in 1904 on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin, Simak got a job at a small-town newspaper in 1929 and eventually became news editor of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, writing fiction in his spare time. Simak was best known for the book City, a reaction to the horrors of World War II, and for his novel Way Station. In 1953 City was awarded the International Fantasy Award, and in following years, Simak won three Hugo Awards and a Nebula Award. In 1977 he became the third Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and before his death in 1988, he was named one of three inaugural winners of the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Lester del Rey (1915-1993) was a man of multiple talents, a writer not just of SF and fantasy but of many other forms of more mundane fiction, as well as many nonfiction books. He was editor of many SF magazines, from the early 1950s to the late 1960s, an authors' agent, a book reviewer, and probably most influentially, an editor, with his wife, Judy-Lynn del Rey, at Del Rey books for over two decades. (Incidentally, Del Rey Books, one of the strongest SF lines in the late twentieth century, was named for the lady, not Lester.)

In person, he was a superb, if controversial, speaker, an energetic debater, and if he didn't have the entire history of SF and fantasy stored in his head, anything left out was probably unimportant.

Lester del Rey was diminutive in physical stature, but a titan in his influence on SF and fantasy or, to put it another way, a master of the genre--and the Science Fiction Writers of America made it official, awarding him the Grand Master Award for a lifetime of distinguished service to the field, an obvious and inevitable honor.
Fritz Leiber was born in Chicago on 24 December 1910. Although trained as an actor, he made his name among the pages of the pulp magazines of the 1930s and '40s. After a brief correspondence with H.P. Lovecraft, Leiber began writing in earnest, penning classics of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, including Conjure Wife, the Hugo Award-winning Ill Met in Lankhmar, and the pioneering tale of urban supernaturalism "Smoke Ghost". Leiber passed away in San Francisco in 1992 at the age of eighty-one.

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) published thirty-six science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

Avram Davidson (1923-1993) was author of nineteen published novels and more than two hundred short stories and essays collected in more than a dozen books. Davidson won the Hugo Award in science fiction, the Queen's Award and Edgar Award in the mystery genre, and the World Fantasy Award (three times).

Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as many short stories. Known for including both mythological characters of different origins as well as elements from real history, Zelazny is perhaps best known for The Chronicles of Amber series. He was awarded the Nebula award three times and the Hugo award six times.

Connie Willis is a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and a Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She has received seven Nebula awards and eleven Hugo awards for her fiction; Blackout and All Clear-a novel in two parts, and Doomsday Book won both. Her other works include Crosstalk, Passage, Lincoln's Dreams, Bellwether, Impossible Things, Remake, Uncharted Territory, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Fire Watch, The Best of Connie Willis, and A Lot Like Christmas. Willis lives with her family in Colorado.
BRENDA COOPER is a futurist who works with Glen Hiemstra at She's the co-author of the novel Building Harlequin's Moon, which she wrote with Larry Niven. Her novel The Silver Ship and the Sea won the 2008 Endeavour Award. Her solo and collaborative short fiction has appeared in multiple magazines, including Analog, Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Oceans of the Mind, and The Salal Review. She lives in Kirkland, Washington.
Karen Haber is the author of nine novels, including the Star Trek tie-in novel Bless the Beasts, as well as several nonfiction titles.

Suzanne Palmer has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and the Eugie M. Foster Award. Her short fiction has won reader's awards for Asimov's, Analog, and Interzone magazines.

Paul Levinson was an adjunct prof. of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie and SUNY- New Paltz. He studied journalism as an undergraduate and worked at a number of newspapers as stringer, a local correspondent for newspapers published in other areas. Working as an educator in other venues, such as correctional facilities and special education summer schools provided insight into lives changed by loss of family life or having friends with criminal connections. He always enjoyed reading journalism from difficult social times, such as the 1960's or late 1800's and early 1900's.

Ken Scholes is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of multiple novels and short stories. His work has appeared in print since 2000 and includes the Psalms of Isaak series (Lamentation, Canticle, Antiphon) and the short story "If Dragon's Mass Eve Be Cold and Clear."

Ken's eclectic background includes time spent as a label gun repairman, a sailor who never sailed, a soldier who commanded a desk, a fundamentalist preacher (he got better), a nonprofit executive, a musician and a government procurement analyst. He has a degree in History from Western Washington University.

Ken is a native of the Pacific Northwest and makes his home in Hillsboro, Oregon, where he lives with his twin daughters.

Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side... or maybe it's the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but his second-place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! His Clarkesworld story "Today I Am Paul" received the Washington Science Fiction Society's Small Press Award, and was also nominated for a Nebula. It has been reprinted in Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-third Annual Edition (edited by Gardner Dozois), The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One (edited by Neil Clarke), The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 (edited by Rich Horton), and The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8 (edited by Allan Kaster). It has been translated into French, Hebrew, Czech, Polish, German, Chinese, Italian, and Croatian. It is also the opening to Today I Am Carey. Others of Martin's stories have appeared in Analog, Galaxy's Edge, Digital Science Fiction, Forever Magazine, Writers of the Future Volume 31, The Jim Baen Memorial Award: The First Decade, and Year's Best Military and Adventure SF 4. His novella "Murder on the Aldrin Express" was reprinted in Year's Best Science Fiction Thirty-First Annual Collection and in Year's Top Short SF Novels 4. His novelette "Racing to Mars" received the Analog Analytical Laboratory Award. You can learn more about Martin's fiction at http: //Shoemaker.Space.


"Robots through the Ages is pure science fiction gold. Classic and new stories filled with weird science, adventure, wild twists, and awesome fun! Silverberg and Schmidt have a winner here!"

-- "Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author "

"Robert Silverberg and Bryan Thomas Schmidt's anthology is an indispensable collection of stories about Robots through the Ages. The reader receives a terrific overview of the history of robot tales from such stories as Jack Williamson's 'With Folded Hands, ' which grows more chilling and prophetic by the day; Robert Silverberg's masterful Nebula-Award winning tale of robots and 'Good News from the Vatican'; and Connie Willis's amusing mystery that presents an intriguing 'Dilemma' to Isaac Asimov and a coterie of robots. At the same time, this book offers the joy of discovering never-before-published gems by writers like Seanan McGuire and Ken Scholes. This is a delightful and informative book for anyone interested in robotics, AI, or science fiction."

-- "Sheila Williams, Hugo-winning editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine"

"Robots through the Ages ponders questions that arise in the face of evolving innovation, including how technology has changed over time."

-- "NPR's Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson"

"You might know the reveal, but how it all comes together is fascinating."

-- "The RetroRockets Podcast"