The Best New Science Fiction (TRSF, Volume 1)

That includes all-new tales by way of a dozen of the main visionary technological know-how fiction authors writing this present day, TRSF takes us to twelve attainable worlds of the next day. encouraged through the real-life breakthroughs lined via MIT's know-how assessment, celebrated writers sign up for the hottest expertise from all over the world to explain what the long run could have in shop for the web, biotechnology, power, computing, and more.

Illustrated with an unique conceal portray via mythical sci-fi illustrator Chris Foss, the TRSF additionally good points vintage Foss covers within its pages.

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the 2011 TRSF, the 1st annual anthology of unique technology fiction tales from MIT’s expertise assessment. With tales set within the close to destiny from celebrated masters and rising authors, TRSF is our contribution to the culture of “hard” technology fiction. It’s a convention that stretches the entire as far back as Jules Verne, during which writers draw from the slicing edges of engineering and technology, and check out to painting how know-how could boost in a manner that futurists, economists, and different down-to-earth pundits can’t.

Because of its emphasis on technical plausibility, demanding technology fiction has been accused within the past—not constantly unfairly—of neglecting plot and personality improvement in prefer of breathless exposition approximately a few flashy equipment or astronomical phenomenon. however the tales in those pages turn out that you simply don’t need to sacrifice nice writing to claim anything fascinating approximately how the long run could paintings. tough technology fiction has additionally been accused—again, no longer consistently unfairly—of being the jealously guarded safeguard of in most cases American males. So, striving for a richer spectrum of viewpoints, we now have selected female and male authors who come from around the globe, together with one author whose paintings is showing for the 1st time in English.

Inspired through the real-world technological breakthroughs lined on-line and in print through know-how assessment, those authors convey you 12 visions of the following day, how the web, computing, strength, biotechnology, spaceflight, and extra may possibly strengthen, and the way these advancements may perhaps impact the folk 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 may need to be the foundation 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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