anthology of speculative fiction was born out of a challenge Neal Stephenson posed to sci fi writers to ignite the imaginations of younger readers to create a better future just as the writers of the Golden Age of Science Fiction had.
The book was featured in an article in the New York Times Style section on 9/19/14: “Science Fiction Writers Take a Rosier View.”
[A] group of visionaries have banded together to offer stories that are more utopian, which they hope will contribute to a more positive future…. Mr. Stephenson’s story in the new collection is about an engineer’s effort to build a 20-kilometer-tall skyscraper. Other tales envision an alternative Internet that is free from N.S.A. snooping and corporate tracking, and is powered by thousands of homemade drones. Another story is about a group of hardware hackers and Burning Man devotees who build an autonomous 3-D printing robot that goes to the moon…The stories still offer plenty of drama, death and destruction, but many have a sort of happy ending. Cory Doctorow, a contributor to Hieroglyph, wrote that the stories are not “optimistic or pessimistic about the future. Instead, they are hopeful about it.”
More media to come: NPR’s “On Point”, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle.
Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (9780062204691) edited by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer. $27.99 hardcover. 9/9/14 on sale.