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In a bit of excellent timing, given that AI is all over the news these days, Apex Magazine launched a Kickstarter today for a new anthology of fiction about robots, called Robotic Ambitions. The anthology, to be clear, is about robots, not written by robots. It’s written by humans.
Apex is looking to raise a minimum of $12,000 to fund this anthology, which will go toward paying the cover artist, authors, and editors, as well as covering production costs such as graphic design, layout, copy edits, and typesetting. This also covers fulfilling backer rewards.
After the anthology is funded, submissions will open on March 13, with the first week set aside for writer of color and members of the LBGTQ+ community. Apex pays $0.08 per word and there’s a limit of 5,000 words per story. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but all stories must be related to theme of aspects of emerging consciousness, artificial intelligence, and the mobilization of human-created entities. Full guidelines can be found here.
AI-written or assisted stories are not eligible for inclusion in the anthology.
The anthology is edited by Lesley Conner and Jason Sizemore, who are co-editors of Apex Magazine.
“Whether striving to protect the family they’ve chosen, searching for meaning amid the chaos of the world, or questioning what it is that makes one alive, robotic ambition can mean many different things,” said Sizemore. “This anthology will explore the nuance of sentience manufactured and evolved within mechanical beings.”
MetaStellar editor and publisher Maria Korolov is a science fiction novelist, writing stories set in a future virtual world. And, during the day, she is an award-winning freelance technology journalist who covers artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and enterprise virtual reality. See her Amazon author page here and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Email her at [email protected]. She is also the editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business, one of the top global sites covering virtual reality.