cover image Robots vs. Fairies

Robots vs. Fairies

Edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. Saga, $27.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-4814-6236-5

Distinguished authors take sides in battles between robots and fairies by crafting serious (and seriously weird) reflections on whether magical or mechanical might would prove the stronger. In “Build Me a Wonderland,” Seanan McGuire envisions a Disney-styled playland where fae folk infiltrate and eliminate animatronic illusions to make a place where they can survive the coming climate apocalypse. Ken Liu creatively takes on big cities, rats, and unforeseen consequences in “Quality Time.” Madeline Ashby’s “Work Shadow/Shadow Work” is a poignant take on dealing with elders’ need for assistance as they become forgetful. Sarah Gailey’s “Bread and Milk and Salt” is a horrific rumination on the true natures of robots, fairies, and humans. Editors Parisien and Wolfe (The Starlit Wood) have cannily chosen a variety of stories that offer individual, distinctive insights into both living machines and magical creatures, along with glimpses of how humans might react to their face-off. (Jan.)