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Experience sensory overload in this anthology of stories from today's masters of speculative fiction as they reveal the terrors, triumphs, and seeming impossibilities awaiting humanity in the years to come. From artificial intelligences and bioengineering to transhumans threatening to make mankind obsolete, these cutting-edge tales present a future in which every day brings shocking new developments undreamed of the day before-a future in which tomorrow never knows what may ...
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Experience sensory overload in this anthology of stories from today's masters of speculative fiction as they reveal the terrors, triumphs, and seeming impossibilities awaiting humanity in the years to come. From artificial intelligences and bioengineering to transhumans threatening to make mankind obsolete, these cutting-edge tales present a future in which every day brings shocking new developments undreamed of the day before-a future in which tomorrow never knows what may follow...
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Refill the prescription for your most potent anti-anxiety medication and schedule an appointment with the psychiatrist as soon as possible! From editor extraordinaire Lou Anders comes an anthology of 16 science fiction tales -- some terrifying, some triumphant -- from some of the masters of speculative fiction that, according to Anders, "envisions the dangers lying in wait for us on the road ahead, or lurking just around the corner of history."

Included in this killer collection are stories by Paul Di Filippo, Kevin J. Anderson, Robert Charles Wilson, John Meaney, Alan Dean Foster, Robert J. Sawyer, and Louise Marley. Noteworthy stories include Mike Resnick and Harry Turtledove's collaboration "Before the Beginning," where the authors ask what would happen if humankind could construct a device capable of viewing every single second of history (Did Jesus exist? Who killed JFK? Did O.J. really do it?.), including the moments before the Big Bang; and Di Filippo's "Shuteye for the Timebroker," which envisions a future where, with the help of anti-somnolence drugs, humankind never has to sleep. Alex Irvine's "Homosexuals Damned, Film at Eleven," arguably the most disturbing story in the collection, visits an oppressive future America where religion and government have become one and the same.

As has come to be expected from Anders (editor of 2003's Live Without a Net and editorial director of Pyr, the science fiction/fantasy imprint from Prometheus Books), this anthology is as thematically compelling and thought-provoking as it is wildly original. From artificial intelligence sold on streetcorners to future utopias populated by genetic vigilantes, this collection is -- not surprisingly -- extraordinary. Paul Goat Allen
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A few of the 16 contributions to Anders's all-original anthology about the dark side of tomorrow simply present a Big Scary Idea with little storytelling; others offer the kind of thoughtful, full-bodied admonitions that SF can do so well. Sean McMullen's "The Engines of Arcadia," for example, reconsiders the devolutionary theory of H.G. Wells's The Time Machine: what if humans weren't doomed to degenerate but instead could choose to survive happily for all time? Another side of humanity comes into play in Adam Roberts's "Man You Gotta Go," the story of a chirpy, helpful AI that gives us all the chance to explore the universe-if we're willing to give up our physical bodies. The nature of a "human" soul is tested in Robert Charles Wilson's "The Cartesian Theater," in which artificial constructions die in agony for the audience's amusement. These writers stress human potential for bad choices. Evidently, we are the scariest aspect of the future. Read in short stretches, this volume offers a worthwhile assortment of jolting warnings. Anders (Live Without a Net) is the editorial director of Pyr, Prometheus Books' SF imprint. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The 16 stories in this collection range from Paul Di Filippo's cautionary tale about a future that never sleeps ("Shuteye for the Timebroker") to Robert Charles Wilson's eerie story of a world where the distinctions between the living and the dead or the sentient and the nonsentient are blurred ("The Cartesian Theater"). Editor Anders, the current editorial director of Prometheus Books's Pyr sf imprint, presents sometimes chilling, sometimes ironic, and always surprising visions of the near and not-so-near future. The contributing authors include Kevin J. Anderson, Harry Turtledove, Mike Resnick, Sean McMullen, and other genre veterans. Skilled writing and cutting-edge imagination make this a strong addition to most sf or short story collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451460653
  • Publisher: Roc
  • Publication date: 1/3/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Lou Anders is an editor, author, and journalist. He is the editorial director of Prometheus Books' science fiction imprint Pyr, as well as the anthologies Outside the Box, Live Without A Net, and Projections: Science Fiction in Literature & Film. He is the author of The Making of Star Trek: First Contact, and has published over 500 articles in such magazines as The Believer, Dreamwatch, Star Trek Monthly, Star Wars Monthly, Babylon 5 Magazine, Sci Fi Universe, Doctor Who Magazine, and Manga Max.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the business of lying 1
Shuteye for the timebroker 5
Looking through mother's eyes 32
The man who knew too much 45
The engines of Arcadia 55
The pearl diver 72
Before the beginning 92
Man you gotta go 109
Homosexuals damned, film at eleven 137
Contagion 149
Absalom's mother 168
Job qualifications 189
The Teosinte war 199
Slip 222
All's well at world's end 240
Flashes 256
The Cartesian theater 272
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific look at the future

    As described in the introduction, this sixteen collection science fiction anthology focuses on future trending of ¿new fears arising out of sociological, biological or technological change¿. Each tale centers on a particular hot button that a relatively large populace believes will lead to the end of society as we know it similar as pointed out by Mr. Anders to the 1950s and 1960s nuclear trepidations. The contributions range the spectrum of controversy such as bioengineering or ¿living¿ after death, and of course AI, etc. Overall the compilation is superb with some tales going very deep in spite of the shortness. A shocked audience will ponder bad choices that lead to the denigrating of a group not necessarily purebred human. Though a few tales surface the potential, they do not dig deep into the impact however, for the most part most of the compilation will leave readers wondering whether Pogo is right that we met the enemy and he (or she or it) is us. --- Harriet Klausner

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