Daniel H. Wilson has made an impression on readers of the speculative fiction realms, with his stories about the potential conflicts with future robot overlords, AI Big Brothers and technology as humanity’s adversary or savior with Robopocalypse and Robogenesis. With his new short story collection, Guardian Angels and Other Monsters, the message explores is not always a dark, dangerous vision of possible futures.
The range of emotions and perspectives in these stories is varied, from the fierce determination of a guardian entity protecting a young girl from kidnappers in “Miss Gloria”, to scientists dealing with changes natural and technological, and discoveries beyond normal comprehension. “Garden of Life” observes mundane concerns after discovering new ways life expresses itself, while “Blood Memory” brings a touch of quiet horror to the story about a family dealing with the after effects of technology altering the birth of a child.
This collection takes readers down a different path of human interactions with robots, artificial intelligence, and technological phenomenon, and the confusing jumble of emotions we humans bring to all such situations are what makes these stories linger in the imagination.
Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage (March 6, 2018)