Futures from Nature

Here are 100 very short stories on the subject of the future and what it might be like The authors include scientists, journalists, and many of the most famous SF writers in the world Futures from Nature includes everything from satires and vignettes to compressed stories and fictional book reviews, science articles, and journalism, in eight hundred word modules All ofHere are 100 very short stories on the subject of the future and what it might be like The authors include scientists, journalists, and many of the most famous SF writers in the world Futures from Nature includes everything from satires and vignettes to compressed stories and fictional book reviews, science articles, and journalism, in eight hundred word modules All of them are entertaining and as a group they are a startling repository of ideas and attitudes about the future Appearing in book form fo the first time, these one hundred pieces were originally published in the great science journal, Nature, between 1999 and 2006, as one page features That proved very popular with the readers of the journal This is a unique book, by scientists and writers, of interest to any reader who might like to speculate about the future With stories from Arthur C Clarke Bruce Sterling Charles Stross Cory Doctorow Greg Bear Gregory Benford Oliver Morton Ian Macleod Rudy Rucker Greg Egan Stephan Baxter Barrington J Bayley Brian Stableford Frederik Pohl Vernor Vinge Nancy Kress, Michael Moorcock, Vonda N McIntyr Kim Stanley Robinson John M Ford and eighty .
Futures from Nature Here are very short stories on the subject of the future and what it might be like The authors include scientists journalists and many of the most famous SF writers in the world Futures from Nat

  • Title: Futures from Nature
  • Author: Henry Gee David G. Hartwell
  • ISBN: 9780765318053
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. We don't see many stories this short, and it makes for some intriguing exercises in presenting a single concept from a possible future. They don't all work, but of course you won't like/dislike the same ones I did, so you'll have to read them all. Don't like one? Not to worry, you'll be past it in a minute and on to something completely different. Many Big Names are represented here, but I didn't see a correlation between fame and success of story here.

    2. This is really a wonderful collection. It's a set of flash fiction tales all about science and nature. As you might suspect with flash fictions, many of them are not so much stories as they are imaginative anecdotes. Yet, there are so many fresh ideas here that I've been taking note after note for my own writing. This collection made me think more than any other SF work I've read in years.

    3. I don't know what is happening to modern science fiction, but if this is an example, I don't like it.This book is full of stories with little or no plot, poor characters and, in my opinion, poorly written.

    4. The journal Nature certainly didn't invent the form of the short-short science fiction story, but they have done a lot to shape it recently, publishing one such story a week for most of the past decade. This book is a collection of 100 of these stories, each just 2-3 pages long.The very abbreviated length of these stories obviously imposes some limitations. There's no time for character development, and little room for plot. So most of these stories are simple vignettes, fleshing out the cultura [...]

    5. - “Cognitive Ability and the Light Bulb” by Brian Aldiss- “Don’t Imitate” by Gilles Amon- “Check Elastic Before Jumping” by Neal Asher- “Twenty2″ by Nate Balding- “Under Martian Ice” by Stephen Baxter- “RAM SHIFT PHASE 2″ by Greg Bear- “A Life with a Semisent” by Gregory Benford- “Damned If You Don’t” by Lucy Bergman- “The Punishment Fits the Crime” by David Berreby- “Toy Planes” by Tobias S. Buckell- “A Concrete Example” by J. Casti, J.-P. Boon, C [...]

    6. A terrific collection of short (like a couple of pages) speculative fictions (read 'sci-fi-fi) that were fun to read and short enough to get through quickly on my commute. Quite a spectacular group of authors, this would qualify as highly recommended from me to anyone who doesn't read much as the stories are so accessible and interesting.

    7. Mixed bag--some of them were very good, some funny. There's one written like a book review (of a book by a robot author, by a robot reviewer), commercials, SETI finding alien communications that are spam, etc. Of the ones written in traditional story styles (most of them), some are rather dry, some are touching, some I didn't quite get.

    8. A very good collection of short-short stories originally published in "Nature" magazine. Both professional SF writers and scientists are represented across a wide spectrum of ages. Most stories are of excellent quality, and the variety of themes and styles is a joy to behold. Recommended.

    9. This is an all-time favorite. I read it time and again (must have read it at least three times back to back, then I bought a Kindle edition). Not only great stories, but also an inspiration to every hard sf / flash or very short fiction writer.

    10. A mixed bag. You would think the stories by professional writers would be much better than those by scientists, but that's not always the case. Often fun, sometimes obvious, but probably not many with any staying power.

    11. I loved these very short stories that speculate about the future. Some are bleak, some hopeful, and many are humorous. I marked quite a few to go back and read again. Good for when you do your reading for pleasure in short snatches.

    12. ultimately, this was fine. there were some good short stories and some that made my eyes glaze overeg bear's story made me chuckle out loud, which i rarely do. and i enjoyed henry gee's introduction story. there were others that i enjoyed as well, but i don't have the book in front of me.

    13. I use to read these stories when I worked in the lab and a lot of them have stayed with me- a lot of science fiction ought to be done this way- too much of what is out there is a good idea surrounded by less exciting stuff

    14. I wasn't crazy about these stories. They were overly intellectual and overwrought. They were just trying too hard to be clever and didn't flow (except maybe one or two). They generally felt more like an exercise in storytelling than actual storytelling.

    15. I loved this "speculative" collection of stories. Futurist. I love it! Any recommendations of more books like this?

    16. Maybe 3.5 stars. Not all the stories worked, but it was a very excellent concept and amusing anthology, as writers both famous and not wrote short pieces envisioning our future.

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