Submission Guidelines: ROBOTS BEYOND
Edited by Lane Adamson
Intelligent machines, usually bearing at least some resemblance to humans, performing the routine drudgeries of life and freeing mankind for the pursuit of nobler goals.
Karel Capek conceived the term. Isaac Asimov codified their behavior (and then spent the next fifty-plus years figuring out ways to get around his rules). Phillip K. Dick humanized them, chillingly. George Lucas and James Cameron, for good or ill, made them pop culture icons (as did their predecessors in The Day the Earth Stood Still
, Forbidden Planet
, and Lost in Space
, to name but a few).
But speculative fiction is, at its heart, the art of what-if
. That's what this collection is all about: Robots Beyond
the normal sci-fi boundaries, crossing into other genres with their customary logic and precision.
Feel free to speculate on the role of robots in the Cthulhu Mythos, or how androids might interact with werewolves, vampires, or zombies. But stretch your imagination, and roam farther afield.
What if an army of blue-steel robots burned Atlanta in "Gone with the Positrons," or a swashbuckling crew of mechanicals took to the high seas in "Robots of the Caribbean?" Tell us about the passions behind the white picket fences of "Desperate Androids." These, of course, are just some slightly facetious starter ideas. That doesn't mean they can't be used--in fact, they're free for the taking. But don't be afraid to venture far beyond
traditional robot fare. How might Philip Roth, Sylvia Plath, or Tennessee Williams have written about robots? What about Louis L'Amour, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--or Don Pendleton?
Your robots may be murderous or benign, terrifying or whimsical. Above all, they must be thought-provoking.
Please be sure to avoid copyrighted characters and settings; fan-fiction is fun, but has no place here (our legal staff told us so).
The submissions period will open January 02, 2008 and close April 04, 2008. Stories should be sent to robotsbeyond [at] live.com in either .doc or .rtf format. Payment will be $.01/word (USD), based on the final, edited word count from Microsoft Word rounded to the nearest hundred words, plus one contributor's copy. Responses will be completed no later than 30 days after the close of submissions; all submissions will be acknowledged within one week of receipt.
Stories should be between 3000 and 7500 words by word-processor count, and must be in standard manuscript format: one-inch margins on all sides, Courier New font, etc. If you are not sure what "standard manuscript format" means, please see William Shunn's excellent article/model at http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html
and be sure you are in compliance before submitting.
Good spelling, punctuation, and grammar will not hurt your cause, either. Much like wearing a suit to a job interview, it might not make the actual qualifications of the applicant any better, but it does make it look as if you care.