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Visions of the Future Paperback – October 16, 2015
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This book solves the dilemma. Wikipedia acknowledges well over 2,000 authors and the list of science fiction titles is in the thousands also. When I walk down isles of science fiction in Barnes & Noble I’m overwhelmed. I wanted an easier and more effective way to explore the genre. Visions of the Future is like a guide to the multiple types of science fiction and provides a taste of the best of the best author’s writing style. This book streamlines the search process leading you to authors who best fits your taste.
Rick L. Sacramento, CA
Catherine Asaro's "Light and Shadow" and Brenda Cooper's "My Father's Singularity" were also favorites of mine. I especially liked how Asaro included five pages of notes at the end of her story explaining how Riemann surfaces worked and how they could be used for faster than light travel.
The luminaries who did nonfiction at the end of the book were quite educational. It was neat to hear from people such as Ray Kurzweil and Martin Rees. (Martin is Astronomer Royal for the United Kingdom.)
I was intrigued and pleased with the variety of stories and the possible outcomes given by the authors. Everyone will like something in the book, I liked a great deal.
Unfortunately, the poor stories suffer from echo-chamber ideas - 'global warming' rears its boogey-man head quite often, religion is bad (not murderous religions, mind you, just ones that are safe to criticize), capitalists are evil, etc etc. I knew I was down the rabbit hole when one story even started with a 'trigger warning' that 'both the religious and atheists may be offended by this story.' Eh, whatever - I was more offended that the author thinks that the Tea Party is 'made up of people who don't think they should have to pay taxes.'
In the back are a handful of non-fiction essays which are all apparently available elsewhere, so it looks like this is the 'filler section'