About the Author

Merc Rustad

Merc Rustad is a queer non-binary writer who likes dinosaurs, robots, monsters, and cookies. Their fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, UncannyFireside, Nightmare, ApexShimmer, and others. “How To Become A Robot In 12 Easy Steps” was included in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 (ed. by Joe Hill and John Joseph Adams). Merc is also a 2016 Nebula Award finalist for their story, “This Is Not A Wardrobe Door,” which has been reprinted in PodCastle (audio), Cicada (2018), and The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (ed. by Charles Wu and John Joseph Adams), along with translations into Chinese and Portuguese.

Merc is mostly found on Twitter @Merc_Rustad and sometimes playing in cardboard boxes.

So You Want To Be A Robot: 21 Stories by A. Merc Rustad


How can I refer to you?

Pronoun-wise, you may use gender-neutral pronouns when referring to me in the third person (they/their/them). I don’t like titles, so no prefixes are necessary (if you must, Mx. or Mr. is safe). You can always call me Merc and you’ll be fine.

What does the “A.” in your byline stand for?

Android. 🙂

How can I contact you?

There is a contact page at the top of the site or you may email me directly: contact@amercrustad.com.

Do you have more stories coming out soon?

I do! You can check the Published Fiction page for what’s currently available. If you’d like to be notified as soon as there are brand new stories or updates, feel free to join my newsletter (lovingly delivered to your inbox by tiny robotic raptorbots).

Are you on Patreon?

Not anymore. I closed down my Patreon at the end of March 2018.