Twelve visions of the futureby turns hilarious, frightening, and relevantfrom new and established voices in science fiction.
In this book, new and established voices in science fiction come together to offer original stories of the future. Ken Liu writes about a virtual currency that hijacks our empathy; Elizabeth Bear shows us a smart home tricked into kidnapping its owner; Clifford V. Johnson presents, in a graphic novella, the story of a computer scientist seeing a new side of the AIs she has invented; and J. M. Ledgard describes a 28,000-year-old AI who meditates on the nature of loneliness. We encounter metal-melting viruses, vegetable-based heart transplants, search-and-rescue drones, and semi-automated sailing ships. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening, and always relevant, Twelve Tomorrows offers compelling visions of potential futures.
Originally launched in 2011 by MIT Technology Review, the Twelve Tomorrows series explores the future implications of emerging technologies through the lens of fiction. Featuring a diverse collection of authors, characters, and stories rooted in contemporary real-world science, each volume in the series offers conceivable and inclusive stories of the future, celebrating and continuing the genre of “hard” science fiction pioneered by authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein. Twelve Tomorrows is the first volume of the series to be published in partnership with the MIT Press.
ContributorsElizabeth Bear, SL Huang, Clifford V. Johnson, J. M. Ledgard, Liu Cixin, Ken Liu, Paul McAuley, Nnedi Okorafor, Malka Older, Sarah Pinsker, Alastair Reynolds
About the Author
Clifford V. Johnson, Professor of Physics at the University of Southern California, gives many public lectures about his research and appears often in television documentaries as an expert. He has been science advisor for several movies and television series, including Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok and the National Geographic Channel's Genius. He received the American Association of Physics Teachers 2018 Klopsteg Memorial Award foroutstandingcommunication of the excitement of contemporary physics to the general public.
Table of Contents
1 Profile: Samuel R. Delany Mark Pontin Jason Pontin 1
2 The Woman Who Destroyed Us Sl Huang 13
3 Okay, Glory Elizabeth Bear 39
4 Byzantine Empathy Ken Liu 69
5 Chine Life Paul McAuley 101
6 Fields Of Gold Liu Cixin 119
7 Resolution Clifford V. Johnson 135
8 Escape From Caring Seasons Sarah Pinsker 157
9 The Heart Of The Matter Nnedi Okorafor 181
10 Different Seas Alastair Reynolds 209
11 Disaster Tourism Malka Older 223
12 Vespers J. M. Ledgard 241