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

Illustrated with an unique hide portray via mythical sci-fi illustrator Chris Foss, the TRSF additionally positive aspects vintage Foss covers within its pages.

INTRODUCTION

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

Because of its emphasis on technical plausibility, challenging technology fiction has been accused within the past—not continually unfairly—of neglecting plot and personality improvement in want of breathless exposition approximately a few flashy device or astronomical phenomenon. however the tales in those pages end up that you simply don’t need to sacrifice nice writing to claim anything fascinating approximately how the long run could paintings. challenging technological know-how fiction has additionally been accused—again, now not regularly unfairly—of being the jealously guarded defend of in general American males. So, striving for a richer spectrum of viewpoints, we've selected female and male authors who come from world wide, together with one author whose paintings is showing for the 1st time in English.

Inspired by way of the real-world technological breakthroughs lined on-line and in print by means of know-how overview, those authors convey you 12 visions of the next day, how the web, computing, power, biotechnology, spaceflight, and extra may possibly enhance, and the way these advancements could have an effect on the folks who've to reside with them. What do you think that of those visions? What applied sciences do you think are going to profoundly rework how we are living, and could 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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