Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson
Penguin Random House; 3/6/18
eBook review copy; 304 pages
Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson is a very
highly recommended collection of fourteen short stories that examine how
artificial intelligence both saves and destroys humanity. The writing is
excellent and the stories are well-paced, thoughtful, and emotional.
This compilation starts out and ends strong. Guardian Angels and Other Monsters
is an outstanding selection for science fiction and short story fans. I
was captivated by the majority of the stories with the exception of one
story that I liked less than the others, which is a stunning
recommendation for any short story collection.
Miss Gloria: Chiron is a robot whose life's work is to teach and protect
Miss Gloria until she can take care of herself. Miss Gloria knows that
Chiron is an excellent playmate and she loves him. In his own way, the
machine also loves the
The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever: After seeing images on the
television that only a few people understand the implications of, an
astrophysicists rushes home to his
Jack, the Determined: Jack, a most loyal and obedient
student, is accompanying the Professor while he delivers a report on his
most important scientific work.
The Executor: In order to protect his daughter, a man visits the
Executor’s office in an attempt to get control of a family inheritance.
Helmet: The wordless huge, robotic Helmets appear and show the strength of the controlling
Triumvirate by violently stopping uprisings.
Blood Memory: A mother is determination to do anything to help her
daughter, the first and only human being born to teleportation.
Foul Weather: A meteorologist discovers the truth behind the adage: "Foul weather breeds foul deeds."
The Nostalgist: An old man tries to live in the past the only way he knows how.
Parasite: a Robopocalypse Story: A horrific war story of a battle
against a thinking machine that calls itself Archos. (This is a Lark
Iron Cloud story.)
God Mode: "In all of this forgetting, there is this one constant thing. Her name is
Sarah. I will always remember that. She is holding my right hand with
her left. Our fingers are interlaced, familiar. The two of us have held
hands this way before. The memory of it is there, in our grasp. Her hand
in mine. This is all that matters to me now. Here in the aftermath of
the great forgetting."
Garden of Life: A taxonomist collects samples when he stumbles across something that he has never seen before.
All Kinds of Proof: A drunk is hired to train a mail-carrying robot that
he names the Shine and considers him a friend. "[H]e doesn’t judge,
and he goes with me everywhere. When he walks, it makes this nice
wheezing sound. His narrow little feet are coated in a layer of tacky
rubber and each step lands quiet and smooth. And he always keeps up. The
two of us walk together..."
One for Sorrow: A Clockwork Dynasty Story set in
England, 1756, and starring the childlike avtomat Elena Petrova.
Special Automatic: James is an abused and bullied teen who has a
neurostimulator sunk into his brain behind his ear to prevent seizures.
Although everyone thinks he is stupid, James is much more intelligent
than they realize. The proof is found in the robot he built and named
My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.