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That includes all-new tales by way of a dozen of the main visionary technological know-how fiction authors writing this day, TRSF takes us to twelve attainable worlds of the next day. encouraged through the real-life breakthroughs coated by means of MIT's expertise evaluation, celebrated writers sign up for the most up to date expertise from worldwide to explain what the long run can have in shop for the net, biotechnology, power, computing, and more.

Illustrated with an unique hide portray by way of mythical sci-fi illustrator Chris Foss, the TRSF additionally beneficial properties vintage Foss covers within its pages.

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the 2011 TRSF, the 1st annual anthology of unique technological know-how fiction tales from MIT’s expertise overview. 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 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 expertise may well enhance in a manner that futurists, economists, and different down-to-earth pundits can’t.

Because of its emphasis on technical plausibility, difficult technology fiction has been accused within the past—not constantly 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 longer term could paintings. tough technological know-how fiction has additionally been accused—again, now not consistently unfairly—of being the jealously guarded shield of often American males. So, striving for a richer spectrum of viewpoints, now we 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 by means of the real-world technological breakthroughs coated on-line and in print by way of expertise evaluate, those authors convey you 12 visions of the next day, taking a look at how the web, computing, strength, biotechnology, spaceflight, and extra may perhaps boost, 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 remodel how we are living, and could should be the muse 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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