Robot: Mythology and Imagination": a foreword by Mark R. Brand
"Bitty-Bright is Lonely" by Gayla Chaney
"Thank You, Death Robot" by Victor Giannini
"Commission Report on the Virginian Confessor Program" by Scott Lyerly
"A Better Mousetrap" by Norm Vigeant
"Deadlines" by Andy Laughton and Paul Hughes
"The Cobbler Cherry" by Dan Kopcow
"Growing Pains" by Gary Starta
"Mortal Coil" by DJ Burnham
"Garage Angel" by Roger Haller
"The Hill" by Russell Lutz
"Command Authority" by Justin Oldham
"Cost-Ner, Inc." by Becci Noblit Goodall
ABOUT THE EDITOR: Mark R. Brand was born in 1978 and raised in Evans Mills, NY. He graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2001 with a dual degree in Biology and Sociology. He is a practicing Massage Therapist and currently lives in Evanston, IL with his wife Beth and son John.
His second novel, Red
Ivy Afternoon (Silverthought, 2006) received a bronze medal in the Independent
Publishing Awards in the category of Fantasy/Science Fiction. Other previous
literature credits include the short stories Camerons Encyclopedia
and The Cabana in Silverthought: Ignition: A Speculative Fiction
Anthology, The Riot Act and Ballerina in Alien
Light: A Science Fiction Anthology, edited by Carl Rafala, and an essay
in To Wound The Autumnal City, a 9-11 tribute edited by Paul Hughes.
S I L V E R
T H O U G H T P R E S S
independent publisher of speculative fiction
edited by Mark R. Brand
cover illustration by Len Nicholas
IF YOU RUN, IT WILL CATCH YOU.
IF YOU HIDE, IT WILL FIND YOU.
IF YOU RESIST, IT WILL DESTROY YOU.
A jaded ex-wife prepares a deadly surprise for her husbands new bride, a robotic executioner discovers theres more to lethal injection than just needles, an army of war machines not interested in polite conversation have humanity in their gun-sights, an aging actor treads the line between man and machine, and from beyond come the towering steel shadows of monsters that blot out the starlight.
It is estimated that within our generations lifetime a computer will be built that can exceed the raw computational power of the human mind. Shortly thereafter, a computer will be built that can think faster than the human race
From the earliest stories of Golems and clockwork men in the nineteenth century to Hollywood films full of steel-skinned mechanical killing machines, authors and filmmakers for the last two hundred years have given birth to an emerging archetype: a manifestation of industrial malevolence, a cautionary tale of technological hubris, and a call to reassert the tenuous hold modern man has over the machines that do his bidding.
An enduring icon much beloved of science fiction fans everywhere, the Death Robot comes to life in this collection of stories by some of the brightest upcoming stars in speculative fiction.
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