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Visionary stories of the near future

The Anthology

Science fiction inspired by today's new technologies

Inspired by the real-life breakthroughs covered in the pages of MIT Technology Review, writers Nick Harkaway, Bruce Sterling, and Paola Antonelli join emerging authors from around the world to envision the future of the Internet, biotechnology, computing, and more.

"When MIT publishes science

fiction, you should pay attention."

The Authors

All-new stories by today's visionaries

Paola Antonelli

Ned Beauman

Virgil Finlay

Ilona Gaynor

Nick Harkaway

John Kessel

Annalee Newitz

Pepe Rojo

Bruce Sterling

Charles Stross

Daniel Suarez

Jo Lindsay Walton

Paola Antonelli

"The Design Doyenne Defeats the Dullness"

Paola Antonelli is the senior curator of architecture & design and director of research & development at MoMA. Her work investigates design’s influence on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices. She lectures frequently at high-level global conferences and coordinates cultural discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Paola was recently rated one of the 100 most powerful people in the world of art by Art Review.

Ned Beauman

"It Takes More Muscles to Frown"

Ned Beauman is the author of three novels: Boxer, Beetle; The Teleportation Accident; and Glow. In 2013 he was named one of the 20 best British writers under 40 by Granta magazine. He lives in London.

Virgil Finlay

Illustrations

Virgil Finlay (1914-1971) was the most accomplished line artist in American science fiction and fantasy history. He began illustrating stories for Weird Tales (1936) and eventually worked for almost every SF magazine: Amazing, Fantastic Universe, IF, Galaxy, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, etc. For awhile he was a staff artist at The American Weekly. 2500 pieces have been catalogued. 1953, he won the Hugo Award for Best Interior Illustrator. He was awarded the Retro Hugo as Best Professional Artist of 1939 and 1945. Finlay has been posthumously inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame (2012) and the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame (2015).

Photo: 1933 Self portrait: Copyright © Lail Finlay.

Ilona Gaynor

"The Lexicography of an Abusive but Divine Relationship with the World"

Ilona Gaynor (b. 1986) is a London-based artist, writer, and filmmaker and the director and founder of the Department of No, a research studio. Her work often takes form as complex, precise plots and schemes that focus on the interrelations between law, finance, crime, and popular culture. It has been exhibited, published, and screened internationally. She has also lectured and taught at institutions such as the Royal College of Art, Princeton University, the Architectural Association, Oxford University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Nick Harkaway

"Boxes"

Nick Harkaway's novels include Tigerman, The Gone-Away World, and Angelmaker. He won the Oxfam Emerging Writer prize at the Hay Festival in 2012. His work has also been shortlisted for the LA Times Book Prize and the Clarke Award.

John Kessel

"Consolation"

John Kessel, who holds a BA in physics and a PhD in English, directs the creative writing MFA program at North Carolina State University. A winner of the Nebula, Sturgeon, and Tiptree awards, he is the author of books including Good News from Outer Space, Corrupting Dr. Nice, and The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories.

Annalee Newitz

"All-Natural Organic Microbes"

Annalee Newitz writes science nonfiction and fiction. She’s the editor in chief of Gizmodo.com, the founding editor of io9.com, and the author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Wired, New Scientist, Lightspeed, and 2600, among other places. She lives in San Francisco.

Pepe Rojo

"The New Us"

Pepe Rojo has published five books and more than 200 texts dealing with fiction, media, and contemporary culture. He directed "You can see the future from here," a series of SF-based interventions in the Tijuana–San Ysidro crossing border, as well as “Tú no existes” in Mexico City. He has lived in the California border zone for the last nine years.

Bruce Sterling

"The Ancient Engineer"

Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954. Best known for his 10 science fiction novels, he unites his time among the cities of Austin, Belgrade, and Torino. His nonfiction works include The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electric Frontier, Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years, and Shaping Things.

Charles Stross

"Life's a Game"

Charles Stross, 50, a full-time science fiction writer who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, is the author of seven Hugo-nominated novels and winner of three Hugo awards for best novella. His works have been translated into over 12 languages. His most recent novel, The Annihilation Score, is published by Ace (in North America) and Orbit (U.K./Commonwealth).

Daniel Suarez

"All the Childhood You Can Afford"

Daniel Suarez is a New York Times bestselling novelist and former systems analyst whose fiction focuses on technological change. He has spoken about tech-related social issues at TED Global, the Long Now Foundation, the MIT Media Lab, and numerous other venues. Daniel lives in Los Angeles.

Jo Lindsay Walton

"The Internet of Things Your Mother Never Told You"

Jo Lindsay Walton grew up in South Africa and Scotland and now lives in Bristol, England. He's a poet, a novelist, a sometime game designer, and a fan of venture communism and relational economic sociology. Twitter: @jolwalton.

"I only collect two things in this world:

memories and [MIT Technology

Review’s] annual Science Fiction issue."

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is packed with scifi goodness"

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