Their future depends on ours…

Here, some of the most advanced carbon-based minds in science fiction offer their own unique perspectives on the complex and conflicted future relationships between mankind and his most brilliant creations--some funny, some sad, some bizarre, some terrifying, and all beyond anything ever imagined.

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” by James Patrick Kelly
“Robots Don't Cry” by Mike Resnick
“London, Paris, Banana . . . “ by Howard Waldrop
“La Macchina” by Chris Beckett
“Warmth” by Geoff Ryman
“Ancient Engines” by Michael Swanwick
“Jimmy Guang's House of Gladmech” by Alexander C. Irvine
“Droplet” by Benjamin Rosenbaum
“Counting Cats in Zanzibar” by Gene Wolfe
“The Birds of Isla Mujeres” by Steven Popkes
“Heirs of the Perisphere” by Howard Waldrop
“The Robot's Twilight Companion” by Tony Daniel

Cover Art by Ron Miller

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, April 2005

Printed in the United States of America

eISBN: 978-1-62579-151-1

Copyright 2013 by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

Electronic version by Baen Books