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The Year's Top Robot and AI Stories: Third Annual Collection


edited by Allan Kaster

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An unabridged collection spotlighting the best robot and AI stories published in 2021 by current and emerging masters of the science fiction genre, edited by Allan Kaster.


  • "My Heart is at Capacity" by TJ Berry—An AI, designed to be the perfect romantic partner, wants to become an even better partner.

  • "A Necessary Being" by Indrapramit Das—In an age of plagues, a mecha pilot adopts a young girl in a reforesting Kolkata.

  • "Philia, Eros, Storge, Agápe, Pragma" by R.S.A. Garcia—A woman seeks to re-bond with her sister AI while falling in love with the man who rescued her from a crash landing on an alien planet.

  • "Bread and Circuits" by Misha Lenau—A neural network researcher tries to keep a sentient toaster from committing suicide after it joins an orphanage for abandoned smart machines.

  • "Philly Killed His Car" by Will McIntosh—A man needs to sell a car that refuses to be sold.

  • "A Vast Silence" by T. R. Napper—TA petty thief steals a woman's shoes that turn out to be highly sought-after AI tech.

  • "Muallim" by Ray Nayler—A village is determined to keep its robot teacher, even though it's not performing as originally designed.

  • "Uploading Angela" by Lettie Prell—A dying librarian's cognitive upload to a virtual world turns problematic when all evidence of a computer virus mysteriously disappears.

  • "An Hour to Ames" by Dan Reade—A woman avoids visiting her abusive mother in a hospice by sending her android assistant in her stead.

  • "Mixology for Humanity's Sake" by D.A. Xiaolin Spires—A sake brewer struggling to survive during a pandemic becomes instrumental in the delivery of vaccines with the help of cute, doll-like bots.

  • "Room to Live" by Marie Vibbert—A call center employee deals with a haughty roommate, the homeless, and a possible robot uprising while trying to keep her job.