What does it mean to be alive? What does it mean to be real? What does it mean to exist? And most importantly, what does it mean to be human? You, Human, Michael Bailey’s first science fiction anthology for Dark Regions Press, will tackle those heavy questions. Twenty-four mind-bending works by some of the best in the business explore humanism through science fiction’s various sub-genres, split into three sections by poetic law.
The Three Laws of Humanity:
- A human being may not injure another human being or, through inaction, allow another human being to come to harm.
- A human being must obey the orders given it by other human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law.
- A human being must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second laws.
Bram Stoker Award winning editor Michael Bailey brings sci-fi back to Dark Regions Press with heart in this genre-bending anthology of dark science fiction and poetry. With fiction illustrated beautifully throughout by world-renowned artist L.A. Spooner, with poetry and spot illustrations supplied by the always-impressive Orion Zangara, and with an incredible introduction on humanism by New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson (Panacea, the Repairman Jack series), Asimov’s three laws of robotics are re-evaluated and revised to help define humanity.
“I think we can all agree that consciousness, self-awareness, and sentience – the capacity for subjective feelings and perceptions – are indispensable to humanness. The comingling and interaction of all three lead to sapience – the capacity to act with reason and judgment. Apes and dolphins are considered sentient, but not sapient. Sapience builds civilizations.” – from Wilson’s introduction to You, Human.
Dark Regions Press makes a return to dark science fiction in this latest of illustrated anthologies by Michael Bailey, the person behind Pellucid Lunacy, the first two volumes of Chiral Mad (1, 2), the Benjamin Franklin Award winning Qualia Nous, the Bram Stoker Award winning The Library of the Dead, and most recently Chiral Mad 3, which was illustrated throughout by legendary artist Glenn Chadbourne and which featured an introduction by Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Lullaby, Choke, et al).
You, Human will contain the following works of fiction, which will be split into three sections (one for each of the three laws) by poetry. In no particular order:
- “I Am the Doorway” – Stephen King
- “Robot” – Mort Castle
- “101 Things to Do Before You’re Downloaded” – Scott Edelman
- “Cosmic Fair” – Darren Speegle
- “The Star-Filled Sea is Smooth Tonight” – Thomas F. Monteleone
- “Executive Functions” – Lucy A. Snyder
- “Hopium Den” – John Skipp
- “Dog at the Look” – B.E. Scully
- “Ditch Treasures” – Richard Chizmar
- “The Pretty Puppets” – Marc Levinthal
- “Pink Crane Girls” – Autumn Christian
- “The Cause” – Laura Lee Bahr
- “Keepsakes” – Hal Bodner
- “The Goldilocks Zone” – John R. Little
- “The Jupiter Drop” – Josh Malerman
- “Key to the City” – Cody Goodfellow
- “The Universe is Dying” – Paul Michael Anderson
- “Fallen Faces by the Wayside” – Gary A. Braunbeck
- “It Can Walk and Talk” – Dyer Wilk
- “What Goes Up Must Come Down” – Janet Harriett
- “The Immigrants” – Erik T. Johnson
- “Gumi-Bear” – Erinn L. Kemper
- “Unity of Affect” – Jason V Brock
- “The Fourth Law” – Marge Simon
Poetry will include the following, by Marge Simon:
- “In Accordance With the Laws”
- “Less Than Human”
- “Future Imperfect: Broken Laws”
Coming this fall from Dark Regions Press…