Confronted with a newer, better sibling designed to replace her, the Nicole AI system has decided that instead of becoming an obsolete brain in a box, she'd rather become an unstoppable killer. Written by award-winning author and AI researcher Anthony Francis, "Sibling Rivalry" does not rely on clichéd fictional limitations of AIs. Instead, Nicole’s designer must find a realistic way to defeat Nicole, if he can.
This Snapbook edition includes a foreword by cognitive scientist Jim Davies and an afterword by computer science professor and science fiction fan Kenneth Moorman who uses “Sibling Rivalry” in his courses on machine intelligence and robotics.
The worlds in Marilyn Horn’s stories are sometimes dark, sometimes surreal, and sometimes both—and yet not so unfamiliar. No matter how fantastic the world, loneliness is the enemy, connection the goal. The stories in this short collection will haunt you and comfort you long after you finish the last page.More info →
Steam! Noir! Revolution! Sasquatch! The creators of steampunk anthology Twelve Hours Later are back with a vengeance, and a lot can happen in thirty days!
Featuring Hugo Award winning author and master of alternate history, Harry Turtledove, Thirty Days Later, Steaming Forward: Thirty Adventures in Time contains 15 pairs of stories set 30 days apart.
Do you dare open the cover and lose yourself in time?
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Myth! Intrigue! Dirigibles! Literacy!
Support public libraries and explore a world of steampunk fiction! Twelve Hours Later is the brainchild of the Treehouse Writers, fifteen talented authors, artists, and poets, who came together at the Clockwork Alchemy Steampunk Convention to create this must-read steampunk anthology, with 50 percent of the proceeds donated to public libraries. Each author has contributed two stories, set 12 hours apart, and each story occupies a single hour of time. Together they fill a 24-hour day that is a whirlwind of steam, legends, spycraft, and the occasional forest demon dropping in for good measure.
The creators of Twelve Hours Later and Thirty Days Later are back for another time-turning read with adventure in the offing, steam in the air, and tongue occasionally in cheek. Join us for new and fantastical stories from fifteen authors, including Harry Turtledove, Kirsten Weiss, Anthony Francis and T.E. MacArthur as we journey through time and genre.
Take a tour of Jolly Olde London where madness may (or may not) prevail and things can get hairy after dark. Take an airship across the sea to the ancient city of Atlantis. Battle demons! Match wits with mystics! Try to resist the seductive power of chocolate or the magic of tiny mushrooms! Maybe even steal a treasure from a dragon.
So, put the kettle on, pour a strong cuppa, and curl up on the couch for a rollicking good read with Some Time Later.
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