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Featured in the Netflix series Love, Death & Robots

A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome—robots or fairies?

Rampaging robots! Tricksy fairies! Facing off for the first time in an epic genre death match!

People love pitting two awesome things against each other. Robots vs. Fairies is an anthology that pitches genre against genre, science fiction against fantasy, through an epic battle of two icons.

On one side, robots continue to be the classic sci-fi phenomenon in literature and media, from Asimov to WALL-E, from Philip K. Dick to Terminator. On the other, fairies are the beloved icons and unquestionable rulers of fantastic fiction, from Tinkerbell to Tam Lin, from True Blood to Once Upon a Time. Both have proven to be infinitely fun, flexible, and challenging. But when you pit them against each other, which side will triumph as the greatest genre symbol of all time?

There can only be one…or can there?

Featuring an incredible line-up of authors including John Scalzi, Catherynne M. Valente, Ken Liu, Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Jonathan Maberry, and many more, Robots vs. Fairies will take you on a glitterbombed journey of a techno-fantasy mash-up across genres.


Robots vs. Fairies TEAM FAIRY

Robots are great and all, but we have to build them. Robots don’t and can’t exist without human intervention (unless they are alien robots, and then all bets are off). Fairies, on the other hand, probably don’t exist, but my family comes from Ireland, and we’ve been playing the “probably” for generations. Oh, it’s probably okay to go play in the mysterious mushroom ring down by the forest’s edge, but maybe don’t? Unless you want to disappear? So I’m Team Fairy on the off chance that they exist and might otherwise get pissed at me.

I am also and forever Team Theme Park. I spend more time than is strictly healthy at Disneyland, and I adore the way the Park engineers can and do shape the environment to control what the guests see, hear, and experience. It’s like entering a fairy hill in a lot of ways, and I wanted to spend some time with a group of engineers who took that aspect of park design very, very seriously. Enter my fairy smiths, who’ve turned their eyes toward a different, somewhat more candy-colored future. . . .

Product Details

  • Publisher: S&S/Saga Press (January 9, 2018)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481462358

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Raves and Reviews

“The all-original stories collected here provide a lively cross-section of current science-fiction and fantasy writers… It's a cliche to say there's something for everyone here, but in this surprisingly eclectic anthology there probably is.”

– The Chicago Tribune

"These lively, action-packed, and emotional tales by the best writers in sf/fantasy allow readers to root for their favorite team or discover new pleasures in an unfamiliar genre...Exceptional storytelling and well-paced writing make this volume a total delight."

– Library Journal

“An impressive roster of contributors… a highly enjoyable collection of tales.”

– Locus Magazine

"Robots v. Fairies is a perfect mix of wonder and humor, technology and magic, with a touch of darkness here and there to ground us in the truths behind the myths and invention, and it’s sure to appeal to fans of both genres."

– B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog

"An essential collection of stories exploring the eternal conflict between magic and technology...Themes both humorous and serious, delivered by the best in the business. Robots and fairies battle on, and the only winners are SFF readers."

– B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog

"The modern revival of fairy tale fiction for adults began in the 20th century (with the stories of Angela Carter and Tanith Lee), and The Starlit Wood is proof that the revival is still going strong. Editors Parisien and Wolfe have brought a wide range of writers together to blaze new trails through the dark of the woods. Whether you're passionate about fairy tales, like I am, or haven't read them since childhood, I recommend this excellent anthology. I simply loved it."

– Terri Windling, World Fantasy Award-winning editor of the Snow White, Blood Red series, on THE STARLIT WOOD

"A fun mash-up of sci-fi and fantasy."


“A classy, smart, and entertaining volume of stories put together with consummate care—and featuring the best and most exciting fantasy writers working in the field today.”

– Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times-bestselling author of the Southern Reach trilogy, on THE STARLIT WOOD

"Lots of strange and wonderful goings-on in The Starlit Wood. Fairy tales you thought you’d left behind in childhood are back in some very poignant, sly and original versions that will touch the Wow in most readers."

– Jonathan Carroll, World Fantasy-Award winning author, on THE STARLIT WOOD

"This anthology is consistent throughout, with well-crafted writing and a tantalizing taste of each author’s unique journey into reimagining classic fairy tales for a new audience."

– Booklist, on THE STARLIT WOOD

"A great pick for readers looking for a fresh, diverse spin on standard fairy tales."

– Library Journal, on THE STARLIT WOOD

"A rich sample of what awaits us in the world of fairy tales...well worth making time to read."

– Publishers Weekly, on THE STARLIT WOOD

"The Starlit Wood, edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe is one of the best fantasy compilations of the year."

– Locus Magazine, on THE STARLIT WOOD

"The table of contents alone reads like a who's who of fantasy authors...Highly recommended."


"Clever, touching, frightening, funny and frequently surprising, The Starlit Wood shines with magical possibility."

– The Press Herald, on THE STARLIT WOOD

"Like those oft-told tales of old, The Starlit Wood is a volume readers will want to return to often, and it deserves a place on every bookshelf left wanting a touch of the magical...For fairy tale aficionados, this volume is a must-read; for those interested in sampling the work of some of the best short fiction writers in sci-fi and fantasy today, it is no less essential."


"An incredible, genre-blurring collection of retold fairy tales, featuring well-published luminaries and up-and-coming voices...Like those oft-told tales of old, The Starlit Wood is a volume readers will want to return to often, and it deserves a place on every bookshelf left wanting a touch of the magical."

– Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, on THE STARLIT WOOD

"Robots vs Fairies is the creature feature you didn’t know you wanted.”

– The Washington Post

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