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Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Learning to Be Human

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We’re delighted to present the authors selected for inclusion in our upcoming science fiction anthology, Learning to Be Human Short Stories! This exciting new book publishes in January 2024 in the UK, and will be available in February in North America. With brand new and recent tales from open submissions sitting alongside classic fiction, this latest addition to our Gothic Fantasy series examines the interplay between automation, humankind, and what it is to be human. Many thanks to everyone who submitted a story for consideration to this project, and congratulations to the below!

With tales from the more plausible end of the SF spectrum, where Time can be stretched, other worlds discovered, aliens encountered and quantum realms explored, everything has a strong spine of re

Brown 26 by Rachel Aukes

A Difference of Opinion by Stewart C. Baker

Keepsakes by Hal Bodner

As Happiness Approaches Infinity by Kushal Chatterjee

Doctor Robot by Vivian Chou

Prosthetic Head by Matthew Chrulew and Stelarc’s Prosthetic Head

Bright Horizons by P.A. Cornell

Somebody That We Used to Know by Yelena Crane

The Girl with the Matchstick Heart by E.J. Delaney

Protocols for Beauty by Derek Des Anges

Flash Crash by Louis Evans

Helicopter Parents by Paige E. Ewing

The Machine That Loved Alan Turing by Shannon Fay

A Consequence of the Body by Sydney Paige Guerrero

The Machine from Saint Louis by K. Lynn Harrison

The Dark by Emily Inkpen

My Ship Remains by Akis Linardos

Cultivating Ai by Mary Liu

Back to Work by K.G. McAbee

Sybil by Corbett McKinney

The Approaching End by Adam Mitchell

Preview by Jason Sabbagh

Thy Will Be Done by M.C. St. John

Skinprint by Antonia Rachel Ward

A Chronology of Droid Sentient Cinematic Service by Nemma Wollenfang

Life According to Tabeeb by Ramez Yoakeim


These modern authors will appear alongside work by the following classic writers:

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Samuel Butler, Karel Čapek, Joseph Conrad, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Homer, Franz Kafka, Ernest Edward Kellett, Damon Knight, Apollonius Rhodius, Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, and a tale from Polynesian myth.


This book will be available to buy in early 2024 via book stores, Amazon, and our website page for Learning to Be Human Short Stories!

Topics: Short Stories, anthologies

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