Futures from nature

Format: Print Book 2007
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Futures
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Penn Hills Library Science Fiction FUT SF
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Summary
Here are 100 very short stories on the subject of the future and what it might be like. The authors include scientists, journalists, and many of the most famous SF writers in the world. "Futures from Nature" includes everything from satires and vignettes to compressed stories and fictional book reviews, science articles, and journalism, in eight-hundred word modules. All of them are entertaining and as a group they are a startling repository of ideas and attitudes about the future. Appearing in book form fo the first time, these one hundred pieces were originally published in the great science journal, "Nature," between 1999 and 2006, as one-page features. That proved very popular with the readers of the journal. This is a unique book, by scientists and writers, of interest to any reader who might like to speculate about the future. With stories from: Arthur C. Clarke; Bruce Sterling; Charles Stross; Cory Doctorow; Greg Bear; Gregory Benford; Oliver Morton; Ian Macleod; Rudy Rucker; Greg Egan; Stephan Baxter; Barrington J. Bayley; Brian Stableford; Frederik Pohl; Vernor Vinge; Nancy Kress, Michael Moorcock, Vonda N. McIntyr; Kim Stanley Robinson; John M. Ford; and eighty more.
Contents
Introduction: nostalgia for the future / Henry Gee
Cognitive ability and the light bulb / Brian Aldiss
Don't imitate / Gilles Amon
Check elastic before jumping / Neal Asher
Twenty2 / Nate Balding
Under Martian ice / Stephen Baxter
Party smart card / Barrington J. Bayley
Ram shift phase 2 / Greg Bear
A life with a semisent / Gregory Benford
Damned if you don't / Lucy Bergman
The punishment fits the crime / David Berreby
Toy planes / Tobias S. Buckell
A concrete example / J. Casti ... [et al.]
The aching of Dion Harper / Arthur Chrenkoff
Improving the neighborhood / Arthur C. Clarke
Omphalosphere: New York 2057 / Jack Cohen
Picasso's cat / Ron Collins
My grandfather's river / Brenda Cooper
Sandcastles: a dystopia / Kathryn Cramer
Adam's hot dogs at the end of the world / Jeff Crook
The party's over / Penelope Kim Crowther
Transport of delight / Roland Denison
The perfect lover / Paul DiFilippo
Printcrime / Cory Doctorow
A brief history of death switches / David Eagleman
Only connect / Greg Egan
At the zoo / Warren Ellis
The liquidators / Michael Garrett Farrelly
In the days of the comet / John M. Ford
Ars longa, vita brevis / James Alan Gardner
Are we not men? / Henry Gee
It never rains in VR / John Gilbey
Gordy gave me your name / Jim Giles
Nostalgia / Hiromi Goto
Spawn of Satan? / Nicola Griffith Take over / Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Speak, geek / Eileen Gunn
Heartwired / Joe Haldeman
The forever kitten / Peter F. Hamilton
The road to the year 3000 / Harry Harrison
Operation Tesla / Jeff Hecht
Making the sale / Fredric Heeren
Subpoenaed in Syracuse / Tom Holt
Men sell not such in any town / r Nalo Hopkinson
t Total internal reflection / r Gwyneth Jones
Ringing up baby / Elen Klages
Semi-autonomous / Jim Kling
Product development / Nancy Kress
I love liver: a romance / Larissa Lai
Avatars in space / Geoffrey A. Landis
COMP.BASILISK FAQ / David Langford
Gathering of the clans / Reinaldo Jose ́Lopes
Taking good care of myself / Ian R. MacLeod
Undead again / Ken MacLeod
Words, words, words / Elisabeth Malartre
My morning glory / David Marusek
Don't mention the "F" word / Neil Mathur
Meat / Paul McAuley
The candidate / Jack McDevitt
A modest proposal for the perfection of nature / Vonda N. McIntyre
The Republic of George's Island / Donna McMahon
The stars my incarnation / Robert A. Metzger
The computiful game / Paul Steven Miller
Oscar night, 2054 / Syne Mitchell
The visible men / Michael Moorcock
The Albian message / Oliver Morton
Photons do not lie / Euan Nisbet
Stranger in the night / Salvador Nogueira
Tick-tock curly-wurly / Gareth Owens
Daddy's slight miscalculation / Ashley Pellegrino
Brain drain / Frederik Pohl
Great unreported discoveries no. 163 / Mike Resnick
Feeling rejected / Alastair Reynolds
The trial of Jeremy Owens / Peter Roberts
Prometheus unbound, at last / Kim Stanley Robinson
Dreadnought / Justina Robson
Falling / Benjamin Rosenbaum. Panpsychism proved / Rudy Rucker
The abdication of Pope Mary III / Robert J. Sawyer
The charge-up man / Catherine H. Shaffer
From the desk of Jarrod Foster / Biren Shah
Pluto story / Robert Silverberg - Madame Bovary, c'est moi / Dan Simmons
For he on honeydew hath fed... / Paul Smaglik
A man of the theater / Norman Sprinrad
Ivory tower / Bruce Sterling
Play it again, Psam / Ian Stewart
MAXO signals / Charles Stross
Golden year / Igor Teper
Paratext / Scarlett Thomas
Murphy's cat / Joan D. Vinge
Win a nobel prize! / Vernor Vinge
A leap of faith / Theo von Hohenheim
Nadia's nector / Ian Watson
Statler pulchrifex / Matt Weber
All is not lost / Scott Westerfeld
The key / Ian Whates
The godmother protocols / Heather M. Whitney
The great good-bye / Robert Charles Wilson
Pigs on the wing / K. Erik Ziemelis.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Between 1999 and 2006, the esteemed scientific journal Nature did something rare for a publication devoted to research papers and sober statistics. Under the banner of a weekly column entitled Futures, the periodical commissioned 800-word short stories from some of sf's leading lights. Collected here for the first time is the best of an ingeniously imaginative bunch in a range of creative formats, from fictional book reviews to faux scientific articles. Taking the lead from Nature's mandate to explore and expand science's leading edge, the volume's authors plumb the limits of such familiar sf themes as interstellar space travel, future evolution, and extraterrestrial anthropology. The contributors include many of the genre's best known, from Arthur C. Clarke to Stephen Baxter, as well as less literarily known professional scientists trying their hands at fiction with surprising success. Although the wide-ranging assortment of bite-sized vignettes inevitably yields unevenly more than a few tantalizing ideas leave one hungering for greater plot development this is a volume scientists and sf fans alike may treasure.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hard SF fans should revel in Gee's unusual anthology of 100 speculative miniatures created by scientists, journalists and top SF authors worldwide and originally published as recent one-page features in the science journal Nature. Each vignette centers on a wondrous or devastating or simply mind-boggling "what if," carried to an unsettlingly original logical conclusion-or left spinning in an extraterrestrial mental orbit. A sampling of the treasures illustrates their remarkable range: Gregory Benford's poignant "A Life with a Semisent" explores the human need for love; Paul McCauley's "Meat" tackles the nasty human trick of twisting technology to immoral purposes; Robert Sawyer faces religion with the gobsmacking "Abdication of Pope Mary III"; and Ian Watson lets fly with his hilarious "Nadia's Nectar," one of the best bathroom tales around. All in all, this is a perfect volume to awaken startling new thoughts on old SF themes, giant leaps into the future in delectably palatable tiny packages. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Science fiction, American.
Forecasting -- Fiction.
Evolution -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Publisher New York :TOR,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Gee, Henry, 1962-
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Description 320 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780765318053
0765318059
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