Mother of Invention

Created by Twelfth Planet Press

An anthology of AI and robots.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

BackerKit surveys are coming!
about 1 year ago – Wed, Mar 07, 2018 at 10:29:44 PM

Our book is almost done, and we are on track to go to the printers in April! Most of the rewards are prepped and ready to go. But of course there's a lot of work to be done in getting them all out to you.

Soon, you’ll receive an email from us with a special link to your BackerKit survey. It’s important to respond to your survey as quickly as you can since we need this information to fulfill your rewards.

You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like. You don’t have access to this survey link yet, but it will be available soon via email!

After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys and get our final counts.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at

Nearly there! Squee! Rewards will be shipped out to you between April & June 2018. The paperback of Mother of Invention will be available for general sale from September 1, and the Backerkit survey will give you an option to pre-order this at a discounted price. Thank you so much for helping make our book happen.

February Update -- the Book So Far!
over 1 year ago – Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 11:01:34 PM

Hi all

You haven't heard much of us in recent months because we've been busy putting a beautiful book together, but now we're on the home stretch.

This is super important: you'll receive a Backerkit email shortly. It's from us. Please fill in the contact survey as quickly as you can, to help us manage our rewards delivery.

Rivqa & Tansy have been editing, juggling, proofing and generally book-building. We're delighted with the balance of stories from our open reading period as well as our tentpole authors and we're sending the manuscript to layout by the end of the month. YES IT'S THAT SOON.

In the mean time, we've also been working on rewards. Our publisher Alisa moved from WA to Canberra, knitting toy robots the whole time! Tansy's house is now full of delicious robot tea, bookmarks, enamel pins and the like.


Rivqa & Tansy actually managed to meet in person over the summer, and assembled our top tier robot reward with the help of our surprisingly compatible children.

You'll be getting lots more updates over the next few months, as well as actual reward delivery. We're hoping to have everything out to you all by May... and while the paperback won't officially be released to the public for sale until September, there are two book launch parties that you are welcome to attend... one at Continuum (Melbourne fan convention) in June and one at FREAKING WISCON in May. Stay tuned, robot friends!

Much love, and thanks for your support. We couldn't have made it this far without you.

Rivqa, Tansy & the TPP team.


Open Call Author Acquisitions!
over 1 year ago – Thu, Nov 09, 2017 at 06:47:48 PM

In addition to the pieces already commissioned from our fabulous tentpole authors, we are thrilled to announce our new acquisitions from the open call submissions. In alphabetical order by story title, they are:

  • “Arguing with People on the Internet” - E.H. Mann 
  • “A Robot Like Me” - Lee Cope 
  • “Junkyard Kraken” - D.K. Mok 
  • “Knitting Day” - Jen White 
  • “New Berth” - Elizabeth Fitzgerald 
  • “Rini's God” - Soumya Sundar Mukherjee 
  • “Sugar Ricochets to Other Forms” - Octavia Cade 
  • “The Ghost Helmet” - Lev Mirov 
  • “The Goose Hair of One Thousand Miles” - Stephanie Lai 
  • “Tide Falling, Falling Tide” - Meryl Stenhouse

We can’t wait to share them with you, and we're excited to be working with these authors. So many great stories were submitted to our book, and we were sad we couldn't accept all the ones we loved -- many of which we expect to see popping up in other publications because they were so good.

We'll be releasing a full Table of Contents before the end of the year, including story titles from our tentpole authors and a proper running order, but Rivqa & Tansy are leaving for Genrecon today and wanted to give you this exciting news update on the project.

It's all happening, you guys. We're making a book!

Frankentastic! The Saga Begins
over 1 year ago – Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 09:44:14 AM

Remember our cool $21K stretch goal? How Tansy pledged to read a podcast version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, switching the genders around?

Well, it's here! Every fortnight you will be able to tune in for a new instalment of regendered SFF classic. This first episode introduces you to the excitable, friend-starved Roberta, the dour, doomy Victoria, and their jolly icecapade adventures.

You can stream or download the first episode now. We should have it up on iTunes soon-ish but it can take a while for them to absorb a new podcast.


Backer-exclusive preview: Ambelin's essay
over 1 year ago – Sat, Sep 16, 2017 at 02:34:01 PM

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