A few additions I’ve heard about lately, on the recent optimistic literary science-fiction front, which follow my earlier post on the topic:
* The Tomorrow Project: Conversations About the Future is sponsored by computer company Intel. Their 2012 anthology Imagining the Future and Building It is free in PDF…
“There is a way for us to change the future for the better. We can change the future by changing the story we tell ourselves about the future that we are going to live in. If we want to imagine a better future and then build it then we need to change the story we are telling ourselves about the future we want to live in.”
* MIT has its ongoing Design Fiction project and collections…
“Sparking imagination and discussion about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of new technologies through design and storytelling.”
* Nature Futures 2 (2014) reprints 100 examples of the ‘Futures’ column in Nature, the famous scientific journal, in which sci-fi authors give their very short fictional take on an aspect of the future.
* There’s also Jeff Rayman’s anthology When It Changed: ‘real science’ science fiction (British title: When It Changed: science into fiction, an anthology), as an attempt to infuse current science back into SF. To do this, real scientists were paired with imaginative writers. The book went to a second edition.
* Gregory Benford’s Starship Century has a dreadfully naff cover design, but if you’re not put off then you’ll find an…
“anthology of science and science fiction is based on findings and discussions of the 100-Year Starship Symposium held in 2011 … a 100 year project to create a starship”.
* Finally, kids who read books might enjoy a copy of the excellent ‘young adult’ novelisation of Disney’s fine optimistic SF movie Tomorrowland. This manages to avoid some of the studio compromises and product-placements that the big screen version was forced into. Despite being branded as a ‘Junior Novel’, it’s not for little kids and is fine for the 10 to 15 age group.