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Robots vs. Fairies

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A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome—robots or fairies?

Rampaging robots! Tricksy fairies! Facing off for the first time in an epic genre death match!

People love pitting two awesome things against each other. Robots vs. Fairies is an
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Saga Press
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“We knew this day would come. We tried to warn the others. It was obvious either the sharp rate of our technological advancement would lead to the robot singularity claiming lordship over all, or that the fairies would finally grow tired of our reckless destruction of the natural world and take it back from us.”

First off, this anthology has the best introduction I’ve ever read in maybe any book ever! It is actual perfection
Elle (ellexamines)
Conclusion? Fairies are better.
Let me explain. Not to offend our possible future robot overlords, but robots lack the gorgeous imagery or the delightful villainy of fairies. Come on, what's a story without some morally grey leads who delight in their evil nature? But it's not just about the fairies; it's about how my robot vs. fairy preferences reflect the type of stories I enjoy. I prefer my fantasy grounded in truth, grounded in the cores of humanity. I prefer Seanan McGuire's vision of fairie
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
When I first picked up Robots vs. Fairies, I almost expected the stories to be about literal wars between the two, so I was very surprised to find that it was actually a collection of alternating stories from authors who had chosen "team robot" or "team fairy". It was such a fun and unique idea, but I found that most of the stories were kinda "meh" for me.

Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire - ★★★★★ ←
The collection opened on such a strong note, as this was tied with one later story for my f
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant anthology from some of the biggest names in speculative fiction at the moment. It's at times funny, often introspective and thought-provoking with a clever framing mechanism of each author talking about whether they're Team Fairy or Team Robot and why. Highly recommended.

A few standouts for me:

"Murmured Under the Moon" by Tim Pratt - This story features a heroic human librarian working for the Fae to keep their library (and to save the kingdom in the end). The books that would be pre
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've had this on my Kindlle for a while now, and after the sheer awesomeness of The Mythic Dream, I finally made time. While it's not the absolute perfection that The Mythic Dream ws, it's very close, and very good.

Lots of the authors here rode the Robots vs Fairies line by incorporating both, but there's also plenty who've chosen their side - the variety of stories is a big part of the success of this book. There was really only one story I wouldn't read again, Jim C Hines' take on Peter Pan, a
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful collection of stories with a fun premise! Some adventure, some sadness, some humour, and a few really touching moments.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this anthology and enjoyed all the stories (some more than others) apart from one. The theme of putting Robots against Fairies works very well and even more so because some of the authors pushed the boundaries between these two to the point that they altogether disappeared. All the various interpretations were also compelling, from a librarian in love with a living book to the nature of mourning and true horror.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-releases
The mathematically calculated rating is 3.52, but my heart says 4 stars because the anthology was AWESOME!

Strong beginning and great variety of different stories! I love the concept of the anthology and that it gave an opportunity for many amazing authors create these amazing stories.

My favorites stories are written by Seanan McGuire, Ken Liu, Tim Pratt, Madeline Ashby, Alyssa Wong and Catherynne M. Valente.

Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire - 4 stars! Great concept: fairies & elf pretend t
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This was a great collection of short stories on what turned out to be a great theme! Something for everyone here - highly recommended.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: robots, fairies
4.5 stars.this really impressed me! i really liked how many of the authors incorporated elements of both fairies and robots into their stories. my favorites were Murmuring Under the Moon by Tim Pratt (a human librarian at a fairy library has to go on a quest to save her fairy boss from an enchantment which endangers the human's girlfriend, a living book), Bread and Milk and Salt by Sarah Gailey (a fairy tries to ensnare a human boy for her own nefarious purposes but soon the hunter becomes the h ...more
Peter Tillman
Robots vs. Fairies

I read selectively here, picking stories others here have liked, plus other favorite writers. Mixed bag, but the Pratt and McGuire stories are *wonderful*.


“Build Me a Wonderland” by Seanan McGuire. I can’t say much about this one without giving too much away, but it’s always a good clue to a good anthology, when the first story is a winner. This one, about a Disney World analog with an unexpected twist, is really, really good. 4+ sta
IN SHORT:   Silicon vs. Supernatural Smashups! Sad, serious, spooky, & silly short stories.

Only 3 tales here were below 3-star level for me. I'm not usually a fan of fantasy fairies, but when you mix 'em up with robots, things can get interesting :)

Overall an entertaining fantasy/SciFi mashup, although I was disappointed there weren't more robot fae (or fae bots). Some of the funny tales were a bit over-the-top, but were balanced out by the more somber ones.

RECOMMENDED? Yes. Read this, unless yo
“We always knew this day would come. We tried to warn the others. It was obvious either the sharp rate of our technological advancement would lead to the robot singularity claiming lordship over all, or that the fairies would finally grow tired of our reckless destruction of the natural world and take it back from us. And so, we have prepared a guide to assist our fellow humans in embracing their inevitable overlords.”

This anthology collects 18 stories with each author picking either the robots
Mary ♥
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

*Review to come*
A perfect coffee break book for those who appreciate either robots or fairy tales. I could read 1, sometimes 2, short stories per break.

My particular favourites were Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire, Murmured Under the Moon by Tim Pratt, and A Fall Counts Anywhere by Catherynne M Valente.

I’m a McGuire fan girl, so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed her story. It reminded me of her last novel of the Incryptid series, featuring an amusement park as it does. Ms. McGuire seems to be a fan of the
Sara Saif
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it

As far as the title and cover goes, this is, without a doubt, the coolest book I've ever read. The content, however, is a mixed bag.
These are eighteen stories that I read over the course of four days. Very few of them were good, a lot of them were incredibly confusing and a couple were just about lame. After each story there's an author's note describing whether they are Team Fairy or Team Robot. It's a tie.

Yeah, Kaijus are basically several stories tall fairies, okay?

Build Me a Wonderland, by Seanan McGuire: ★★★★
Quality Time, by Ken Liu: ★★★
Murmured Under the Moon, by Tim Pratt: ★★
The Blue Fairy’s Manifesto, by Annalee Newitz: ★★★
Bread and Milk and Salt, by Sarah Gailey: ★★★★★
Ironheart, by Jonathan Mayberry: ★★
Just Another Love Song, by Kat Howard: ★★★.5
Sound and Fury, by Mary Robinette Kowal: ★★★
The Bookcase Expedition, by Jeffrey Ford: ★★.5
Work Shadow/Shadow Work, by Madeline Ashby: ★★★.5
Second to the Left, and Straight On, by Jim C. Hines: ★★★★
The Buried
My insane love for anthologies can be easily explained by the fact that I love the short story form, and by the fact that I love various accounts on a certain topic, in this case fairies. Robots aren't that interesting to me, but fairies are my obsession. In their true form, Fae are emotionless puppeteers, praying on humans' weakest spot - the ability to feel and to desire. They take our desires and corrupt them into unimaginable things, taking what's most precious to us and often offer us wicke ...more
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
After The Starlit Wood, I had high expectations for any anthology edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. Thankfully, Robots vs. Fairies lived up to those expectations.

In this anthology, authors are asked whether they’re Team Robot or Team Fairy. Each writes a story involving robots or fairies (or occasionally both) and then provides a brief explanation of their choice. Overall, it’s a pretty strong collection of stories, and I enjoyed the combative framing device. It’s probably no surprise
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
• Build Me a Wonderland – 3/5. Engaging and somewhat whimsical beginning.
• Quality Time – 3/5 this one engaged me more than the last. I liked the young man going further than his limits, although I was confused about the language they were speaking.
• Murmured Under the Moon – very unique concept of living books. 4/5
• The Blue Fairy’s Manifesto – 3/5 Interesting exploration of consent, although it didn’t incorporate Pinocchio as expected
• Bread and Milk and Salt – 3.5/5. I loved the twisted relat
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Robots Vs Fairies is an anthology edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe, who did a slam-bang job of putting this book together. Basically exploring one of the oldest tropes in imaginative fiction (science versus magic) this book sports some excellent stories by such worthies as Ken Liu, Seanan McGuire and John Scalzi. There is not a bad story to be found within these covers. You should track this down, Constant Reader.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Team players
Recommended to Alan by: John Scalzi, inter alia
Okay, so the concept is pretty dumb—why should fairies and robots be fighting at all? Why make writers declare their allegiance to either "Team Robot" or "Team Fairy?" And the Introduction to Robots Vs. Fairies, by editors Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe, just doubles down on the title's provocation. It reminds me, a little, of the endless hypothetical conflicts that fanboys stage between spaceships from completely different series—and, popular as those may be, I just don't care whether a Battl ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A themed anthology of 18 new stories from a group of fantastic authors, each of whom chooses a side—Team Robots or Team Fairies. Ultimately, it’s a throw down between the science fiction and fantasy genres, using the symbols of robots and fairies, respectively. The introduction greets our robot overlords (unless those tricksy fairies are the ultimate victor) and debuts this collection of stories as evidence of their greatness. Robots vs. Fairies is a magical mashup!

I am not the sort of the fan w
Jennifer Lee Rossman
Scalzi. Gailey. McGuire.
No, it's not my dream author dinner party, it's three of the greatest speculative fiction writers alive today, and they're all in one amazing book with a ton of other great writers.
Admittedly, I skipped a few stories that just didn't grab me, but that's the great thing about anthologies: there's something for everyone and abslutely I loved so many of the stories in this book.
Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
Date Reviewed:
23 December 2017
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ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have never read anthology before, so this is the first time I attempted to read and review one. All I can say it is completely different from what I normally read, but it is always nice to be out of your boundaries every once in a while. I wouldn’t say anth
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I will admit that I have a bias towards fairies when comparing them to robots. I mean. They're fairies. C'mon. The fae. The Seelie court. Goblins and pixies and brownies, oh my! But, I did try to go into this trial with an open mind. And I have to say, the fairies won.

The best story in the entire anthology was "Bread and Salt and Milk" by Sarah Gailey. This is the story of one faery's encounter with a young boy, and their reocurring meetings over the year. This is not a Tinkerbell, though Tink g
Andrew Hiller
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The great thing about anthologies is that they offer the reader a chance to discover a new author to explore more deeply... and Robots vs. Fairies achieves that. The big names may be the ones that grab your eye... Valente is here telling a wonderfully oddball story of a pro wrestling tournament match between histories most famous faeries vs the world's greatest thinking machines. Sesean Maguire takes us to a Disneyland where the attractions are a bit more lively than simple automatons, etc, but ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories, sff
I LOVED this collection! All but a couple hit it straight out of the park. We go back and forth between Fairy and Robot centric stories, quite a few combining the two to exciting heights. This was overall a ton of fun and highly recommended for sci fi and fantasy fans of "newer" names. We have an all star lineup of modern authors, all showcasing their vast skill of creative prowess. I loved the short afterwords too, where each author briefly explains why a fairy or robot story particularly calle ...more
Hatchet Mouth
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Anthologies with super specific themes rarely work. Several of the stories seemed nearly identical. Who can blame the authors when they were working with such precise criteria?
Gonçalo Diniz
So… “Robots vs Fairies”, an anthology of short stories about either robots, fairies or both at the same time. The book starts off with this introduction: “We knew this day would come. We tried to warn the others. It was obvious either the sharp rate of our technological advancement would lead to the robot singularity claiming lordship over all, or that the fairies would finally grow tired of our reckless destruction of the natural world and take it back from us.”, and honestly I find it amazing. ...more
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Dominik Parisien is an editor, poet, and writer. He is the co-editor, along with Navah Wolfe, of The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Robots vs Fairies, and The Mythic Dream. With Elsa Sjnunneson-Henry, he is the co-editor of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction.

His work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Humber Literary Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Quill & Quire, Uncanny Magazine, Strange Hori

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