Twelve Tomorrows 2018
Twelve visions of the future—by turns hilarious, frightening,and relevant—from new and established voices in science fiction.Inthis book, new and established voices in science fiction cometogether to offer original stories of the future. Ken Liu writesabout a virtual currency that hijacks our empathy; Elizabeth Bearshows us a smart home tricked into kidnapping its owner; CliffordV. Johnson presents, in a graphic novella, the story of a computerscientist 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 natureof loneliness. We encounter metal-melting viruses, vegetable-basedheart transplants, search-and-rescue drones, and semi-automatedsailing ships. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening, andalways relevant, Twelve Tomorrows offers compelling visions ofpotential futures.Originally launched in 2011 by MIT Technology Review, the TwelveTomorrows series explores the future implications of emergingtechnologies through the lens of fiction. Featuring a diversecollection of authors, characters, and stories rooted incontemporary real-world science, each volume in the series offersconceivable and inclusive stories of the future, celebrating andcontinuing the genre of "hard" science fiction pioneered by authorssuch as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein. TwelveTomorrows is the first volume of the series to be published inpartnership with the MIT Press.