[Book Review] Upgraded

Upgraded / Neil Clarke (ed) (Powell's Books)
Better . . . Stronger . . . Faster . . . The doctors rebuilt Hugo Award-winning editor Neil Clarke and made him a cyborg. Now he has assembled this anthology of twenty-six original cyborg stories by Greg Egan, Madeline Ashby, Elizabeth Bear, Peter Watts, Ken Liu, Robert Reed, Yoon Ha Lee, and more!
Neil Clarke is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Clarkesworld Magazine. His work at Clarkesworld has resulted in countless hours of enjoyment, three Hugo Awards for Best Semiprozine and three World Fantasy Award nominations. He’s also a current and three-time Hugo Nominee for Best Editor (Short Form).
Upgraded is a phenomenal collection of speculative fiction.  The stories range from investigative mystery to post-apocalyptic, self-discovery to exploration of humanity.  Authors create cyborgs in unique ways and applications.  Characters possess cybernetic parts and enhancements for self-gain, for overcoming disability, for peace, for war, to survive or helpless as the cybernetics subsume who they were.  Some of the stories come across as impossibly futuristic, and others eerily like they could touch on reality in a matter of years.

I highly recommend this collection to readers of speculative fiction, particularly those who like stories of AI, robotics, and cybernetics.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of NetGalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.


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