A. Merc Rustad’s So You Want to be a Robot is full of heart with its devastatingly beautiful speculative sci-fi/fantasy stories. I wanted to simultaneously laugh with delight and also…just have a good cry.
These stories are all unique, so there was no slump due to homogeneity as you sometimes find in short story collections. Starting each story was like opening a gift, because I never knew what I was going to find. But I always had a feeling it was going to be amazing and unlike anything I’d previously read.
The #ownvoices rep here (queer, ace/aro, ASD) really shines. It’s full of the kind of love, care, and joy (even when the stories are dark) that simply cannot be matched. I can’t recommend this short story collection highly enough!
Source: I purchased a copy of this book.