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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Man vs. Machine: "The Historian's Apprentice"

As requested, a little info on the antho and my story in it.

My story, "The Historian's Apprentice," is in large part a homage to Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun. It is a far-future Dying Earth story set long after an apocalyptic man-machine war that's left the moon little more than a cloud of debris orbiting the Earth. A young woman is purchased out of captivity by an enigmatic historian, and is taken on a journey into the ancient bowels of the city-state Thalassus.

From the cover blurb:

As our world and our daily lives become more and more involved with and dependent on complex technology, concern over what the future holds increases. If computers achieve genuine artificial intelligence will they still willingly serve humankind? Or will they develop their own agendas, ones that may be harmful to people? If the machines rebel, can we shut them down? What kind of world would we be left with if we did?

These are just a few of the questions explored in fifteen brand-new stories by some of science fiction's most visionary minds.


Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm guessing that Thalassus is actually related to Thesally (in part due to the myrmidons), and that two of the names in the crypt are Galatea and Minerva, but I can't for the life of me figure out who "Mesch---e" is supposed to be.