All Hail Our Robot Conquerors!

RRRAWRRR!!! ZZZZZZTTTTT!!! ZZZZAAAAPPPPP!!! The robots of the 50s and 60s science fiction movies and novels captured our hearts and our imaginations. Their clunky, bulbous bodies with their clear domed heads, whirling antennae, and randomly flashing lights staggered ponderously across the screen and page and into our souls—whether as a constant companion or as the invading army threatening to exterminate our world. We can never return to that innocent time, where the robot overlords could be identified by their burning red eyes or our trusty robot sidekick would warn us instantly of danger—or can we? With a touch of nostalgia and a little tongue-in-cheek humor, here are fifteen stories from today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that take us back to the time of evil robot overlords, invading armies, and not-quite-trustworthy mechanical companions. Join Julie E. Czerneda, Brandon Daubs, Tanya Huff, Brian Trent, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Jason Palmatier, Jez Patterson, Gini Koch, Lauren Fox, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Philip Brian Hall, Rosemary Edghill, R. Overwater, Helen French, and Seanan McGuire as we step into the future with a nod to the past. Hold on to those stun guns. You may need them!

Interior Design (ebook): April Steenburgh
Cover Design by C. Lennox Graphics, LLC
Cover Art “All Hail Our Robot Conquerors!” by Justin Adams

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.

Kickstarter Edition Printing, August 2017
First Printing, September 2017

Distributed by JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
49 W 45th St., #12N
New York, NY 10036-4603

ISBN-10: 1940709148
ISBN-13: 978-1940709147
eISBN-10: 1940709156
eISBN-13: 978-1940709154

Copyright © 2017 Patricia Bray, Joshua Palmatier, and Zombies Need Brains LLC
Introduction copyright © 2017 by Patricia Bray
“Road Rage” copyright © 2017 by Julie E. Czerneda
“A Vague Inclination to Please” copyright © 2017
by Brandon Daubs
“Oh, the Humanity” copyright © 2017 by Tanya Huff
“Director X and the Thrilling Wonders of Outer Space” copyright © 2017 by Brian Trent
“Gold and Glory” copyright © 2017 by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
“Zorlar the Terrible” copyright © 2017 by Jason Palmatier
“Box, Set” copyright © 2017 by Jez Patterson
“A Kitty-Bot’s Tale” copyright © 2017 by Jeanne Cook
“Rosie Cleans House” copyright © 2017 by Lauren Fox
“The Dawn’s Early Light” copyright © 2017
by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
“Iron Hail” copyright © 2017 by Philip Brian Hall
“Schematic Diagram of a Murder-Bot” copyright © 2017
by Richard Overwater
“Pensacola Wagner and the Robot Invasion” copyright © 2017
by Rosemary Edghill
“The Headspace Database” copyright © 2017 by Helen French
“Heroes Never Die” copyright © 2017 by Seanan McGuire

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

Electronic version by Baen Books