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, renowned writers Pat Cadigan, Cory Doctorow, and Christopher Brown join the hottest emerging authors from around the world to envision the future of the Internet, biotechnology, computing, and more.

"Twelve Tomorrows would have to qualify

as one of the year’s best SF anthologies

to date, perhaps the best."

The Authors

All-new stories by today's visionaries

Lauren Beukes

Christopher Brown

Pat Cadigan

Cory Doctorow

Warren Ellis

Joel Garreau

William Gibson

Paul Graham Raven

Bruce Sterling

Lauren Beukes


Lauren Beukes lives in Cape Town, South Africa. She’s the author of The Shining Girls, about a time-traveling serial killer; Zoo City, a phantasmagorical noir set in Johannesburg; and the neo-political thriller Moxyland. She’s also written a best-selling comic, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. Her new book is Broken Monsters, set in Detroit.

Christopher Brown


Christopher Brown writes science fiction and criticism in Austin, Texas, where he also practices technology law. His stories frequently focus on issues at the nexus of technology, politics, and economics. He was a 2013 World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology he coedited, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic.

Pat Cadigan

"Business as Usual"

Pat Cadigan is the author of 15 books, including two nonfiction books, a young adult novel, and the two Arthur C. Clarke Award–winning novels Synners and Fools. She has also won the Locus Award three times, as well as the Hugo Award. She lives in North London with her husband, the Original Chris Fowler.

Cory Doctorow

"Petard: A Tale of Just Deserts"

Cory Doctorow, a science fiction author, activist, journalist, and blogger, is the coeditor of Boing Boing ( and the author of the bestselling novel Little Brother. His latest young adult novel is Homeland, and his latest novel for adults is Rapture of the Nerds.

Warren Ellis

"The Shipping Forecast"

Warren Ellis is an author, graphic novelist, and columnist. His new novel, Gun Machine, was a New York Times best-seller and is being developed for television. The Red films, starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren, were based on his graphic novel of the same name. His next books are a novella, Normal, and a graphic novel series, Trees.

Joel Garreau


Joel Garreau, the author of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies—And What It Means to Be Human and a former long-time reporter and editor at the Washington Post, is the Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture, and Values at Arizona State University, where he has found alter egos who collaborated on this tale.

William Gibson

"Death Cookie/Easy Ice"

William Gibson, born in South Carolina, has lived in Vancouver since 1972. He is the author of nine novels and coauthor (with Bruce Sterling) of one. His most recent book, Distrust That Particular Flavor, collects his nonfiction. His tenth novel, The Peripheral, will be published by Penguin in November.

Paul Graham Raven

"Los Piratas del Mar de Plastico (Pirates of the Plastic Ocean)"

Paul Graham Raven is a postgraduate researcher in infrastructural futures at the University of Sheffield. He’s also a writer, science fiction critic, and essayist, as well as a persistent gadfly in the futurological ointment. He lives a stone’s throw from the site of the Battle of Orgreave, with a duplicitous cat and three guitars he can barely play.

John Schoenherr


John Schoenherr (1935–2010) was an American artist and illustrator who is widely known for being the first to depict the world of Frank Herbert’s Dune. A highly accomplished naturalist painter, he created exquisitely detailed work that appeared on the covers of scores of book jackets and magazines over the course of his 50-year career. He won the Hugo Award for Best Artist in 1965 and a Caldecott Medal for children’s book illustration in 1988.

Bruce Sterling

"199 The Various Mansions of the Universe"

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.

Peter Swirski

"At Home in the Cosmos"

Listed in Canadian Who’s Who, Peter Swirski is an authority on contemporary literary culture, including popular culture and digital culture. He is also recognized as the world’s leading critic on Stanislaw Lem. He has written 14 acclaimed books, including the best-selling From Lowbrow to Nobrow; Ars Americana, Ars Politica; and From Literature to Biterature: Lem, Turing, Darwin.

"I only collect two things in this world:

memories and [MIT Technology Review’s]

annual Science Fiction issue."

Q+A: Gene Wolfe

A Special Twelve Tomorrows Feature

Gene Wolfe was born in New York City in 1931 and spent his early childhood in Peoria, Illinois. After serving in Vietnam, he attended the University of Houston and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. While working as an engineer and editor, he astonished the world of science fiction with his first mature work, the novella The Fifth Head of Cerberus, a meditation on post-colonialism.

Since then, his books have encouraged critical superlatives. Ursula Le Guin calls him “our Melville,” and Michael Swanwick says he “is the single greatest writer in the English language alive today.” That reputation is based on 30 novels, including a mainstream volume, Peace (1975), and many short story collections and chapbooks, but mostly upon his masterpiece, the tetralogy The Book of the New Sun (1980–1983).

MIT Technology Review editor Jason Pontin had the opportunity to sit with Wolfe recently. The insightful transcript is featured in Twelve Tomorrows, and available today as a special preview.

Read the interview here »

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