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Published Sept. 9, 2014 by William Morrow.


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Hieroglyph-Inspired by New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson, an anthology of stories, set in the near future that reignites the iconic and optimistic visions of the golden age of science fiction. A 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 boldly 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.

Contents: Foreword (Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future) • essay by Lawrence M. Krauss Preface: Innovation Starvation (Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future) • essay by Neal Stephenson Introduction: A Blueprint for Better Dreams • essay by Kathryn Cramer and Ed Finn Atmosphaera Incognita (2013) / novelette by Neal …

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The stories in this book do a fair-to-excellent job of their stated goal: to envision futures in which science and technology have improved the world, instead of destroying it. It's Project Hieroglyph's view that dystopian fiction has become distressingly common and unthinking, and that science fiction is abdicating one of its goals: to inspire beneficial innovation.

As a voracious SF reader in my youth, I have a lot of sympathy for that goal, and for that reading of the problems of modern SF. There are thoughtful, uplifting stories about how we could stand up and grapple with issues that seem unassailable now: global warming, mass extinctions, the tightening of global surveillance, etc. Lee Konstantinou's raggedy band of drone-hacking techno-pagans in "Johnny Appledrone vs. the FAA" is a good example, although the story is too short to offer more than a quick sketch of the characters and their solutions. I'd love …

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