Friday, March 19, 2010

The Scarecrow's Boy


I'm back!  And I'm weary as weary.  But I had a good time, and I'll write up a few words about the conference Monday.

Meanwhile, you can get a free listen to my story, "The Scarecrow's Boy," which Infinivox has posted online to promote their CD anthology of robot tales, We, Robots, edited by Allan Kaster.  It will be released next Tuesday and it contains . . . well, here's the official release:

This is a collection of seven contemporary robot tales written by some of today’s most acclaimed science fiction authors.  A sentient war machine combs a beach for trinkets to create memorials for its fallen comrades in the Hugo Award winning story, “Tideline,” by Elizabeth Bear. In “Balancing Accounts,” by James Cambias, a small-time independent robotic space tug is hired by a mysterious client for a voyage between two of Saturn’s moons. “The Seventh Expression of the Robot General,” by Jeffrey Ford, involves a robot general coming to grips with his position in a world that no longer requires, or even understands, his role. A city awakens its ancient guardian as it is about to be invaded by a mining company in “Shining Armour” by Dominic Green. In “The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm,” by Daryl Gregory, a country ruled by a super villain comes under attack by American super heroes.  In “Sanjeev and Robotwallah,” by Ian McDonald,  a young boy becomes enamored with the armed robots that do the fighting in a Civil War and the celebrity boy-soldiers who pilot them. A robot acting as a scarecrow could be a desperate young boy’s one chance of staying alive in “The Scarecrow’s Boy” by Michael Swanwick. These are unabridged readings by Amy Bruce and J. P. Linton.

Not all the stories in the anthology are familiar to me, but that's one good lineup of writers.

You can go the Infinivox blog and click the link not far down the page here.  Or you can go directly to a blank page with the story here.

I haven't listened to the podcast yet -- that's how tired I am -- but I've seen a couple of reviews that say the reader is quite good.


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