Science fiction and the future
Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 0 by Alex ShvartsmanInaugural issue of a new science fiction magazine with an added focus on international fiction and translation.
Ranging from lyrical to humorous, from optimistic to jaded, from earthbound to interstellar, these stories offer six very different glimpses into the future.
Matthew Kressels The History Within Us takes place during the final stages of the heat death of the universe, where a ship filled with refugees of different species is huddled near one of the last burning stars, and that star is about to go nova.
Tatiana Ivanovas satirical Impress Me, Then Well Talk About the Money imagines the consequences of unscrupulous pharmacologists creating drugs that allow people to fulfill their deepest desire, which is to change.
In Earthrise, Lavie Tidhar examines what it means to be an artist in a futuristic society where humanity has colonized the solar system.
In Alvaro Zinos-Amaros e^h human colonists encounter a region of space in which their junk DNA mutates, revealing information encoded there by aliens.
Teng Yes Universal Cigarettes is a tongue-in-cheek tale of a grandiose marketing stunt with a dark twist reminiscent of Philip K. Dicks work.
In the Nebula Award-nominated Utopia, LOL? by Jamie Wahls, a modern-day human wakes from cryogenic suspension in a utopian future overseen by a benevolent computer.
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One of the things that fascinates me is the point where our storytelling crosses over with how we look at the world the day after tomorrow. It's the point where near-term science fiction and futurism meet, the combination of the two not so much a prediction of tomorrow, but instead a way of putting out feelers that tell us a story of a world that might be. It's a mode of storytelling that's particularly hard, one where the speed of events can rapidly overtake a story as it passes through the slow process of publishing. Roy Amara's eponymous law says " We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run". It's an adage that seems particularly apt when we look at how the world changes.
Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" predicted modern transplants.
That's the question these 15 books force readers to ask themselves as they read about computer hackers, bionic limbs, and iPads, all thought up by authors decades and sometimes centuries before the inventions were created. Inspired by this infographic of seemingly precognitive sci-fi books , we've assembled a list of the books that predicted the future. This social satire follows a man named Gulliver as he travels into different worlds, like one occupied by tiny humans or another inhabited by giants.
We need new visions that basically reflect where people think the world is heading. What micro genres are appearing, and what trends and themes best describe how the creators imagine the future? Here are nine suggestions:. But why are Chinese and Taiwanese authors writing so much science fiction, and why is it leaving a mark up to this point? It is possible that the Western and English-speaking reader appreciates a certain indirect nature in these principles. This is politically necessary.