Future from Nature
Are aliens really not interested in us at all? Is there a significant health benefit from drinking your own urine? Is loading your personality into a computer the best way to survive the death of the body? Is the death of the body really necessary? Here are a very large number of very small fictions on the subject of the future and what it might be like. The authors include scientists, journalists, and many of the most famous science fiction of the world."Future 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. These pieces were originally published in the great science journal "Nature" between 1999 and 2006, as one-page features that proved very popular with readers. This is a unique book, of interest to any reader who might like to speculate about the future.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 137.16 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
- 28 Oct 2008
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
"The stories are just the right length for those brief interludes with which life abounds. They come from a highly respectable science journal (Hey, "Nature "published the Watson & Crick paper that spelled out the structure of DNA and won a Nobel Prize).Therefore, QED, this SF is highly respectable too! It won't a hurt a bit that the stories are good as well.""--Analog""Worthwhile for anyone. A satisfying selection...occasionally quite profound. This book does just what we hope for.""--Locus" (Rich Horton)"Giant leaps into the future in delectably palatable tiny packages.""--Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
About Henry Gee
Henry Gee is a Senior Editor, Biological Sciences of "Nature," and the author of "The Science of Middle Earth"; "Jacob's Ladder" "The History of the Human Genome," and "In Search of Deep Time: Beyond the Fossil Record to a New History of Life."