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Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better…

Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future

by Ed Finn (Editor), Kathryn Cramer (Editor)

Other authors: Charlie Jane Anders (Contributor), Madeline Ashby (Contributor), Elizabeth Bear (Contributor), Gregory Benford (Contributor), James L. Cambias (Contributor)12 more, Brenda Cooper (Contributor), Cory Doctorow (Contributor), Kathleen Ann Goonan (Contributor), Lee Konstantinou (Contributor), Lawrence M. Krauss (Foreword), Geoffrey Landis (Contributor), Annalee Newitz (Contributor), Rudy Rucker (Contributor), Karl Schroeder (Contributor), Vandana Singh (Contributor), Neal Stephenson (Contributor), Bruce Sterling (Contributor)

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Foreward by Lawrence M. Krauss
Preface: Innovation Starvation by Neal Stephenson
Introduction: A Blueprint for Better Dreams by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer
Atmosphæra Incognita by Neal Stephenson
Girl in Wave: Wave in Girl by Kathleen Ann Goonan
By the Time We Get to Arizona by Madeline Ashby
Man Who Sold the Moon by Cory Doctorow
Johnny Appledrone vs. the FAA by Lee Konstantinou
Degrees of Freedom by Karl Schroeder
Two Scenarios for the Future of Solar Energy by Annalee Newitz
Hotel in Antarctica by Geoffrey A. Landis
Periapis by James L. Cambias
Man Who Sold the Stars by Gregory Benford
Entanglement by Vandana Singh
Elephant Angels by Brenda Cooper
Covenant by Elizabeth Bear
Quantum Telepathy by Rudy Rucker
Transition Generation by David Brin
Day It All Ended by Charlie Jane Anders
Tall Tower by Bruce Sterling.
Science and Science Fiction: An Interview with Paul Davies.
  sheherazahde | Apr 25, 2015 |
An unusually interesting concept anthology, Hieroglyph grew out of an idea of Neil Stephenson's about the smallness of our current technical endeavors. To put it another way,why write a better app when the stars are calling? Most of these stories are good science fiction reads in themselves, and most are intriguing treatments of big ideas, some of them using current technologies and some of them encouraging development of existing technologies. ( )
  nmele | Mar 10, 2015 |
I guess like any anthology this one is hit-and-miss.

Neal Stephenson's story was a disappointment (roughly distilled in his answer at the Seattle stop on the book tour to a question from the crowd "Who will take over the role the government used to play in making this sort of Big Thing happen?": "Benevolent Billionaires"), Cory Doctorow's was optimistic and wonderful even if it seemed almost a caricature of his own style, and Bruce Sterling's story to cap the collection was dark and surprisingly funny. ( )
  ternary | Feb 14, 2015 |
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Cramer, KathrynEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Anders, Charlie JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ashby, MadelineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bear, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benford, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cambias, James L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooper, BrendaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doctorow, CoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goonan, Kathleen AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Konstantinou, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krauss, Lawrence M.Forewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Landis, GeoffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Newitz, AnnaleeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rucker, RudyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schroeder, KarlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062204696, Hardcover)

Inspired by New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson, an anthology of stories, set in the near future, from some of today’s leading writers, thinkers, and visionaries that reignites the iconic and optimistic visions of the golden age of science fiction.

In his 2011 article “Innovation Starvation,” Neal Stephenson argued that we—the society whose earlier scientists and engineers witnessed the airplane, the automobile, nuclear energy, the computer, and space exploration—must reignite our ambitions to think boldly and do Big Stuff. He also advanced the Hieroglyph Theory which illuminates the power of science fiction to inspire the inventive imagination: “Good SF supplies a plausible, fully thought-out picture of an alternate reality in which some sort of compelling innovation has taken place.”

In 2012, Arizona State University established the Center for Science and the Imagination to bring together writers, artists, and creative thinkers with scientists, engineers, and technologists to cultivate and expand on “moon shot ideas” that inspire the imagination and catalyze real-world innovations.

Now comes this remarkable anthology uniting twenty of today’s leading thinkers, writers, and visionaries—among them Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Sterling, and Neal Stephenson—to contribute works of “techno-optimism” that challenge us to dream and do Big Stuff. Engaging, mind-bending, provocative, and imaginative, Hieroglyph offers a forward-thinking approach to the intersection of art and technology that has the power to change our world. 

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