The Best New Science Fiction (TRSF, Volume 1)

That includes all-new tales through a dozen of the main visionary technological know-how fiction authors writing this day, TRSF takes us to twelve attainable worlds of the following day. encouraged via the real-life breakthroughs lined by way of MIT's know-how evaluate, celebrated writers subscribe to the most up to date expertise from worldwide to explain what the longer term could have in shop for the net, biotechnology, strength, computing, and more.

Illustrated with an unique conceal portray by means of mythical sci-fi illustrator Chris Foss, the TRSF additionally positive factors vintage Foss covers within its pages.

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the 2011 TRSF, the 1st annual anthology of unique technological know-how fiction tales from MIT’s know-how overview. With tales set within the close to destiny from celebrated masters and rising authors, TRSF is our contribution to the culture of “hard” technological know-how fiction. It’s a practice that stretches all of the as far back as Jules Verne, within which writers draw from the slicing edges of engineering and technology, and take a look at to painting how know-how may enhance in a manner that futurists, economists, and different down-to-earth pundits can’t.

Because of its emphasis on technical plausibility, not easy technology fiction has been accused within the past—not regularly unfairly—of neglecting plot and personality improvement in want of breathless exposition approximately a few flashy machine or astronomical phenomenon. however the tales in those pages end up that you just don’t need to sacrifice nice writing to claim whatever fascinating approximately how the longer term may paintings. not easy technology fiction has additionally been accused—again, no longer continually unfairly—of being the jealously guarded look after of regularly American males. So, striving for a richer spectrum of viewpoints, now we have selected female and male authors who come from all over the world, together with one author whose paintings is showing for the 1st time in English.

Inspired by way of the real-world technological breakthroughs lined on-line and in print by means of know-how evaluate, those authors carry you 12 visions of the next day to come, how the web, computing, strength, biotechnology, spaceflight, and extra may well improve, and the way these advancements may have an effect on the folks who've to reside with them. What do you think that of those visions? What applied sciences do you suspect are going to profoundly rework how we are living, and might should be the muse for a narrative in subsequent year’s TRSF? tell us on-line at http://www.technologyreview.com/sf.

-- Stephen Cass, Editor

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