You, Human is finally here!
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? 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. Now available in trade paperback and eBook at darkregions.com, with a deluxe hardback available for pre-order (although as of writing this, there was only one remaining).
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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 three 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).
You, Human contains the following works of fiction, split into three sections (one for each of the three laws) by poetry. Here’s what the book has to offer:
- “In Accordance With the Laws” (poem) – Marge Simon
- “Robot” – Mort Castle
- “It Can Walk and Talk, and You’ll Never Have to Worry About Housework Again” – Dyer Wilk
- “Keepsakes” – Hal Bodner
- “Cosmic Fair” – Darren Speegle
- “Unity of Affect” – Jason V Brock
- “101 Things to Do Before You’re Downloaded” – Scott Edelman
- “The Star-Filled Sea is Smooth Tonight” – Thomas F. Monteleone
- “Hopium Den” – John Skipp
- “Less Than Human” (poem) – Marge Simon
- “Dog at the Look” – B.E. Scully
- “Executive Functions” – Lucy A. Snyder
- “Pink Crane Girls” – Autumn Christian
- “The Cause” – Laura Lee Bahr
- “Ditch Treasures” – Richard Chizmar
- “I Am the Doorway” – Stephen King
- “The Immigrants” – Erik T. Johnson
- “Key to the City” – Cody Goodfellow
- “Future Imperfect: Broken Laws” (poem) – Marge Simon
- “The Pretty Puppets” – Marc Levinthal
- “The Goldilocks Zone” – John R. Little
- “The Jupiter Drop” – Josh Malerman
- “The Universe is Dying” – Paul Michael Anderson
- “Fallen Faces by the Wayside” – Gary A. Braunbeck
- “What Goes Up Must Come Down” – Janet Harriett
- “Gumi-Bear” – Erinn L. Kemper
- “The Fourth Law” – Marge Simon
The images above are some of the 24 illustrations created by L.A. Spooner for the fiction in You, Human. And below are a few of the 10 illustrations created by Orion Zangara for the poetry.
Fans of dark science fiction, fans of genre-bending horror, fans of all things weird… this is your anthology.