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[[ Read Ebook ]] Ë Upgraded Ø An anthology of original cyborg stories edited by a cyborg Stronger Better Faster We will rebuild youNTENTSIntroduction by Neil ClarkeCome From Away by Madeline AshbyNo Place to Dream, but a Place to Die by Elizabeth BearMarried by Helena BellA Cold Heart by Tobias S BuckellHoneycomb Girls by Erin CashierWhat I ve Seen With Your Eyes by Jason K ChapmanWizard, Cabalist, Ascendant by Seth DickinsonSeventh Sight by Greg EganNegative Space by Amanda ForrestMercury in Retrograde by Erin HoffmanTongtong s Summer by Xia JiaGod Decay by Rich LarsonAlways the Harvest by Yoon Ha LeeThe Regular by Ken LiuCoastlines of the Stars by Alex Dally MacFarlaneFusion by Greg MellorMemories and Wire by Mari NessOil of Angles by Chen QiufanThe Sarcophagus by Robert ReedSynecdoche Oracles by Benjanun SriduangkaewTender by Rachel SwirskyThe Cumulative Effects of Light Over Time by E Catherine ToblerSmall Medicine by Genevieve ValentineCollateral by Peter WattsTaking the Ghost by AC WiseMus e de l me Seule by E Lily YuAbout the AuthorsAbout the EditorCover art by Julie Dillon Telecommunication Systems but a Place to Die by Elizabeth BearMarried by Helena BellA Cold Heart by Tobias S BuckellHoneycomb Girls by Erin CashierWhat I ve Seen With Your Eyes by Jason K ChapmanWizard The Poams Cabalist Archetypes of Thought Ascendant by Seth DickinsonSeventh Sight by Greg EganNegative Space by Amanda ForrestMercury in Retrograde by Erin HoffmanTongtong s Summer by Xia JiaGod Decay by Rich LarsonAlways the Harvest by Yoon Ha LeeThe Regular by Ken LiuCoastlines of the Stars by Alex Dally MacFarlaneFusion by Greg MellorMemories and Wire by Mari NessOil of Angles by Chen QiufanThe Sarcophagus by Robert ReedSynecdoche Oracles by Benjanun SriduangkaewTender by Rachel SwirskyThe Cumulative Effects of Light Over Time by E Catherine ToblerSmall Medicine by Genevieve ValentineCollateral by Peter WattsTaking the Ghost by AC WiseMus e de l me Seule by E Lily YuAbout the AuthorsAbout the EditorCover art by Julie Dillon What do you do when you have a major heart attack and you re also creator sustainer of Clarkesworld You decide to edit an anthology Natch And you decide to make the theme of that anthology cyborgs, because you are now one yourself Thus, Upgraded Now, before you go all hmm, themed anthology side eye on me, just steady on In some stories, being a cyborg is the point in others it is incidental Sometimes being a cyborg is a good thing, a positive addition, welcomed Others, it is something What do you do when you have a major heart attack and you re also creator sustainer of Clarkesworld You decide to edit an anthology Natch And you decide to make the theme of that anthology cyborgs, because you are now one yourself Thus, Upgraded Now, before you go all hmm, themed anthology side eye on me, just steady on In some stories, being a cyborg is the point in others it is incidental Sometimes being a cyborg is a good thing, a positive addition, welcomed Others, it is something to be dreaded, confronted, Dealt With Sometimes being a cyborg makes you better, and sometimes it seems to make you less Cyborg ness ranges from fully integrated and augmented body modifications to one seemingly small addition Augmentation might be for aesthetics, or employment for someone else s sake or your own It ranges from being socially acceptable to being almost beyond the pale.Some stories happen tomorrow, here some of them are way over there, temporally and physically Sometimes there are aliens Sometimes there are robots Sometimes they are in love stories, detective stories, war stories, family stories Not all the cyborgs are attractive characters Sometimes they become cyborgs before our very eyes, and sometimes they ve been cyborg so long it s just what they are Sometimes they were actually made that way from the start.These stories feature men, and women, and sometimes genders are unstated There are white characters and black characters and a variety of ethnicities One of the central issues is that of disability, dealing with it and changing it and how those around you react to it There s queer and straight and none of your business Authors are from a variety of backgrounds, too.So sure, it s a themed anthology But this is no Drunk Zombie Raccoons in Upstate New York This is a vibrant, fun, intriguing and varied set of stories that have a basic concept in common.The stories Well, let me say upfront that I was so destroyed by Rachel Swirsky s Tender that I had to put the book down and go to sleep Noreading for me that night As for the rest, here s a sampler Yoon Ha Lee s Always the Harvest is creepy and disconcerting and sets a really great tone for the anthology it s the opening story by being completely unlike any of the others Ken Liu s story is also deeply disconcerting because very mild spoiler here it is absolutely not the story you think it is Alex Dally McFarlane does wonderful things with maps, while Peter Watts taps into the zeitgeist to suggest uncomfortable things about the military And I have a feeling I know something Greg Egan might have read before writing Seventh Sight but I m not going to mention it here because that would be way too much of a spoiler.This is a really great anthology, with stories that absolutely stand as marvellous science fiction quite apart from their brethren Here, Liu tackles a familiar story detective decides to take on an overlooked case, and solve the murder of a prostitute However, in his hands, an old trope becomes a fresh feeling, genre crossing thriller It s not just a murder mystery with a sci fi veneer new believable, fascinating technology is essential to the crime, the motive, the investigation and the solution It s also not just an exploration of new ideas in tech innovation it fully works on a human, emotional level as well I Here, Liu tackles a familiar story detective decides to take on an overlooked case, and solve the murder of a prostitute However, in his hands, an old trope becomes a fresh feeling, genre crossing thriller It s not just a murder mystery with a sci fi veneer new believable, fascinating technology is essential to the crime, the motive, the investigation and the solution It s also not just an exploration of new ideas in tech innovation it fully works on a human, emotional level as well I hope to see this one up in year end awards lists.Update 6 7 15 I see that this was indeed nominated for the Nebula, but it lost out to Nancy Kress I still like this one better Merged review This is a very strong collection of all new short stories on the them of cyborgs, or modified humans Some of the best writers currently working in speculative fiction are featured here The book gives the reader a lot to think about as well as plenty of great sci fi entertainment Always the Harvest by Yoon Ha LeeA good opener for an anthology on the theme of cyborgs Our narrator is a woman living on the fringes of her society an outer space habitat where prosthetic replacements and enhancements are common Rejected and cast out by her circle due do a problem she doesn t have the money to fix, she takes pity on a seeming beggar who looks worse off than herself and discovers something truly unexpected The theme is a classic riff on strains often found in this genre played beautifully What do we believe it means to be human And what would an other intelligence assume it means to be human, based on observation A Cold Heart by Tobias S BuckellCyber soldier Pepper has been working for the alien Satrapy that controls Earth this is the same universe as his Xenowealth series I ve only read one of them, but apparently there are a few other stories featuring this character He s been kept hanging on by the promise of the return of his stolen memories Now a free man, he has a desperate plan to regain what he has lost by force Will those around him be sacrificed to his dream This would make a great opening to a novel and I d definitely read it The Sarcophagus by Robert ReedIn a far future, the outer hulls of enormous spaceships are inhabited by beings known as remoras, which, like their namesake fish, cling on, doing what they need to do, cleaning and repairing the surface Technology means that they can live thousands of years but it s a dangerous job, and most die by misadventure The remoras are regarded almost as drones, but here we see an incident that illustrates their humanity Oil of Angels by Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken LiuI see why Ken Liu picked this story it has a lot in common with his writing a strong, idea based concept that is given voice through a strongly emotional, very human short story.The idea here is based on the current research into epigenetics, some of which has suggested that traits, sensitivities, and even memory may be passed down to us an a genetic level Trauma experienced by our mothers and grandmothers may still be felt in us.Here, the author adds in the chemical potential of aromatherapy and technological memory enhancement and then tells a moving, very individual story What I ve Seen With Your Eyes by Jason K ChapmanCorporations will sponsor necessary medical operations for the poor Lisa Wei went blind as a child and had her eyes replaced Of course, now her eyes feature a corporate logo, and she sees burger commercials where ever she looks But if a corporation can control what someone sees there s always a hack Someone can make you see something else Nicely drawn situation and characters, and a crime thriller lurks around the edges I d love to see this expanded into a novel No Place to Dream, but a Place to Die by Elizabeth BearTwo cyber enhanced miners meet in a tunnel where neither of them is supposed to be and then end up weathering a disastrous accident together The setting is space opera, but the situation could be 19th century company mining town because, perhaps, both the darkest and the best of human nature are constants Married by Helena BellA psychological study, narrated by a wife and mother dealing with the effects that a new technology has on her family replacing flesh and blood with a new, artificial material Come From Away by Madeline AshbyBodyguard and teen client face a school shooting scenario together Both weaknesses and resourcefulness surface in unexpected places Not bad, but there s a lot of character background established that ends up being extraneous to the story I suspect this story is actually an opening to Ashby s upcoming novel, Company Town the blurb and character names match I look forward to reading the full book Negative Space by Amanda ForrestCaught by those who were chasing her, a young woman contemplates using technology to literally erase her identity, to protect the secrets she holds in her memory Fusion by Greg MellorReminded me, in style, of A.A Attanasio Of course, it s been a while since I read Attanasio, so I m not going to swear that my association has basis in fact In a weird, post apocalyptic landscape full of cyber infected humans and falling angels, a young man is enigmatically driven to run but from what, and to what Taking the Ghost by A.C WiseA palace guard is rescued from the scene of a coup by a strange man who saves his life and outfits him with ghost powered prosthetics Waking to consciousness, the guard must face the fact that he has failed everyone who ever put trust in him on both sides of a conflict He is driven to atone and things get weird Honeycomb Girls by Erin CashierCertainly, the stilted language used here is meant to convey the main character s uneducated status, but I found it a bit distracting from the story In this post apocalyptic future, an unspecified disaster has caused social collapse Most women are gone The majority of people live in filthy slums, scavenging as they can An upper class lives in hive towers, each hoarding and sharing a woman Ignorance and violence are widespread It s a topic that easily could ve been done quite badly, but here it actually becomes a bittersweet and true commentary on what really matters to humanity The Regular by Ken LiuHere, Liu tackles a familiar story detective decides to take on an overlooked case, and solve the murder of a prostitute However, in his hands, an old trope becomes a fresh feeling, genre crossing thriller It s not just a murder mystery with a sci fi veneer new believable, fascinating technology is essential to the crime, the motive, the investigation and the solution It s also not just an exploration of new ideas in tech innovation it fully works on a human, emotional level as well I hope to see this one up in year end awards lists Mus e de l me Seule by E Lily YuSkipped ahead to read this one in advance of hearing the author read the story at KGB Fantastic Fiction It actually made for a bit of a strange experience, reading it and then hearing it read about an hour later.A woman survives a terrible road accident The accident itself is the least of her trauma, however, as she learns what life will be like for her, dependent on medical technology, prostheses and artificial organs.Extremely well crafted, some nice shifts in perspective Contains a lot of insight into how people view and handle or fail to handle disability Small Medicine by Genevieve ValentineI skipped ahead to read this one too, in advance of the reading at KGB The author read a different selection, however This story is actually somewhat similar in theme to Yu s Here, a girl is faced with her family s decision to purchase a robotic version of her grandmother, after her actual grandmother passes away She has quite a lot of resentment about being expected to treat this memorial doll as a relative Will her attitude change after she has to have a nano treatment which, on some level, fundamentally changes who she is, as well Tender by Rachel SwirskyA glimpse into the head of a suicidally depressed woman She sees her protective lover as a mad scientist keeping her from her goal of dying I read it as metaphorical, not as an actual sci fi story This may be well done, but I can t say I enjoyed it Tongtong s Summer by Xia Jia translated by Ken Liu A young girl s grandfather comes home from the hospital, accompanied by a new experimental home health care robot The device is not actually a true robot, but a remote operated device that allows a distant care worker to be on call as needed The device ends up revolutionizing society, but not exactly in the way that was expected The main idea here is a sweet but idealistic call to respect the elderly and to develop technology that will make themable to contribute to society in a meaningful way Unfortunately, the call to arms overwhelms the actual story, and at times it crosses a line into feeling like a piece of government propaganda Wizard, Cabalist, Ascendant by Seth DickinsonThree college friends came up with a transhumanist breakthrough that has changed human society forever However, each of them now disagrees about exactly what the future should look like Due to backdoors in their creation, they have unthinkable power but which of their ideas will win I probably spent too much time trying to figure out if the fantasy wizard metaphor here is specifically supposed to refer to Katherine Kurtz Deryni series one of the versions of the mental software here is called Haldane , but I m still not sure if there s a parallel Memories and Wire by Mari NessWhat if your girlfriend was a terminator style secret cyber agent And what if she was suicidal There s not much you can do, when she could kill you with her little finger A weird, psychologically oriented piece God Decay by Rich LarsonA doctor has made a young athlete her pet project enhancing his performance with extensive bio mods, and in the process changing the face of pro sports She s also crossed a professional barrierHowever, now things have gone bad, with unexpected revelations about side effects How will they weather this crisis, both emotionally and professionally Mercury in Retrograde by Erin HoffmanTrue cyberpunk Loved this action packed corporate hacker espionage tale Clearly owes a debt to both Gibson and Stephenson but I d love to readof Jenny Mercury s adventures Coastlines of the Stars by Alex Dally MacFarlaneA poverty stricken worker makes a kind of connection to a missing artist through an innate understanding of his work, and convinces an acquaintance to team up with her to try to find him and, incidentally, collect a significant reward Space opera with a thoughtful, philosophical bent The Cumulative Effects of Light Over Time by E Catherine ToblerA spacer has to team up with an alien Bumping it up a star for beautiful language and an interesting exploration of having to deal with a truly alien intelligence and way of perceiving But I found the style rather distancing and somewhat disorienting Synecdoche Oracles by Benjanun SriduangkaewA companion piece or, at least, set in the same world as The Bees Her Heart, the Hive Her Belly Again, I didn t really connect with this piece It s a complicated, original world, but I wasn t convinced to care about the characters or events Collateral by Peter WattsFans of Ender s Game may very well like this one A soldier with enhanced reaction times, wired in to her weapons systems, must face the ethical questions brought up when innocents are killed Caught between the media, the military, her own training and her sense of right and wrong, things play out in an unexpected but utterly logical fashion Seventh Sight by Greg EganWhat if some people could hack their eyesight in order to see wavelengths greater than the normal human spectrum How would it affect their lives What kind of advantages or disadvantages would it give them A copy of book was provided to me by NetGalley Many thanks for the opportunity to read As always, my opinion is solely my own I was a backer of this Kickstarter funded anthology As a rule I amdrawn to non themed collections than themed but was keen to support, curious and optimistically enthusiastic to give Neil Clarke s original anthology debut a try after enjoying so much of the Clarkesworld magazine stories he has published.Rachel Swirsky As is usually the case with her we have a poetic, beautifully written piece Unexpected and powerful exploration of the theme Very short andto my taste than the rec I was a backer of this Kickstarter funded anthology As a rule I amdrawn to non themed collections than themed but was keen to support, curious and optimistically enthusiastic to give Neil Clarke s original anthology debut a try after enjoying so much of the Clarkesworld magazine stories he has published.Rachel Swirsky As is usually the case with her we have a poetic, beautifully written piece Unexpected and powerful exploration of the theme Very short andto my taste than the recent If I were a dinosaur currently nominated for a Hugo First in the collection I read and likely to be a favorite.Xia Jia a personal story looking at cyborg type potential exploring robotics and care for the elderly Old school SF focusing perhapson ideas than beautiful prose but very enjoyable, interesting story even if I might argue it is not quite about cyborgs per se Good to get a non western story by a writer not overly familiar to me.Greg Egan What I liked about this story is that it really looked at the potential around cyborgification in a way that was specific vision and credible People often suggest Egan as a hard science fiction writer who fills his fiction with science but this was science lite although felt credible Enjoyable story, well told, fitted great into the anthology but didnt rock my worldSeth Dickenson and Mari Ness perfectly decent but not for me Might give the Dickenson a second try though.Ken Liu the regular very well done crime PI near future SF well written, tense and enjoyable Also quite dark Didnt feel like it reinvented the wheel but still very solid and quite inventive.Rich Larsen God Decay Looking at Cyborgification in sports One thing I really like about this volume is the amount of variety and though I didnt massively gel with this I quite liked it and liked how it took the theme differently than some of the other stories.Genevieveve Valentine Small Medicines another good one.Erin Hoffman Mercury in Retrograde I really enjoyed this one, might need to check oneof Erin s work Its a cyberpunky kind of thrill ride.More to follow A nice collections of stories centered on enhancement of humans, some based on tech, a few on biology Most are relatively near future ideas, with a few far future concepts as well.Peter Watts s Collateral takes the theme of biologically and technologically augmented super soldiers and uses it to explore the concept of autonomous drones What happens when you take compassion out of the equation Very well executed narration, great character What I ve Seen With Your Eyes by Jason K Cha A nice collections of stories centered on enhancement of humans, some based on tech, a few on biology Most are relatively near future ideas, with a few far future concepts as well.Peter Watts s Collateral takes the theme of biologically and technologically augmented super soldiers and uses it to explore the concept of autonomous drones What happens when you take compassion out of the equation Very well executed narration, great character What I ve Seen With Your Eyes by Jason K Chapman is an engrossing story A poor girl with cybernetic eyes obtained somehow by her brother is now being interviewed by a detective investigating either the brother s murder or the brother, or both It s a clever conversation of spoken and unspoken truths, set in a seemingly dystopian future Bear s No Place to Dream, but a Place to Die gives us a pair of working class miners in space who find common cause against threatening death and their oppressors, despite their other differences differences, reminiscent of the song 16 tons on another planet Good human dimension 1 2 The Regular is a little different from the usual Ken Liu, a near future crime story that also probes the effect of technology on a private investigator Brain implants serial killers Tobias S Buckell s A Cold Heart centers on a human augmented for combat who had his memories stolen by the alien race that upgraded him He wants the memories back, to be himself again, but eventually learns Nicely paced action story with an interesting character 1 2 Seventh Sight by Greg Egan looks at a kid who hacks his synthetic eyes to see colors we can t imagine It s a toss up whether the world is better looking for it Is it better to see things differently from most of the rest of the world Some interesting thoughts at different stages of life Come From Away by Madeline Ashby A very near future story of a bodyguard for a high school student There is a lot of high tech on display, as a shooter enters the high school and the bodyguard has to figure out how to keep her young client safe A reasonably interesting story that reads very well Yoon Ha Lee s Always the Harvest has human colonists living in an alien constructed artifact, one they don t entirely understand cf Pohl s Gateway , and one which seems to gradually evolve Its design seems to contain a variety of interestingly and surprisingly useful technology, including growing synthetic human body parts for replacement eyes, hands, feet, etc Nissaea is one of the underclass who illegally prowled the depths of the world searching for tech she can harvest and sell cf Roadside Picnic While dodging Watch patrols she comes across someone else down below, and so begins a strange new relationship Amanda Forrest s Negative Space was an entertaining short read A young girl with cybernetic implants contemplates whether it would be better to erase all her memories to escape her problems Xia Jia s translated Tongtong s Summer is a story about use of telepresence robots used by the elderly Interesting, but does it really mean I ll have to work until I m 90 Told from the PoV of the patient s granddaughter, it s a really engaging story of dealing with the elderly Small Medicine by Genevieve ValentineA programmed replica of Grandmother ends up beinga companion to granddaughter than grandpa Robert Reed s The Sarcophagus has extreme bioengineered lifeforms for maintaining giant starships react as two such ships find themselves on a collision course Told with two fuzzy alien ish PoVs Sadly, the Swirsky and Dickinson, among others, went over my head