Presenting the posthuman future in its wildest science-fictional imaginings and intriguing speculations, this far-reaching anthology of fiction and nonfiction traces the path of the Singularity, an era when advances in technology totally transform human reality. The featured stories and essays travel from the alien far-future of H. G. Wells and the almost-human, near future of Ray Kurzweil to Elizabeth Bear’s fusion of woman, machine, God, and shark and Isaac Asimov’s evolution of ineffable logic. Daring to peek over the edge of the event horizon as intelligence both figuratively and literally explodes, this collection also includes pieces by Nick Bostrom, Cory Doctorow, Robert Reed, Justina Robson, Charles Stross, Vernor Vinge, and more.
About the Author
James Patrick Kelly is the author of Burn, Strange but Not a Stranger, and Wildlife; a columnist for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine; and the winner of two Hugo Awards. He lives in Nottingham, New Hampshire. John Kessel is a winner of the Nebula, Sturgeon, Tiptree, and Locus Awards and the author of Corrupting Dr. Nice, Good News from Outer Space, and Meeting in Infinity. He is the coeditor with James Patrick Kelly of Feeling Very Strange, Kafkaesque, Rewired, and The Secret History of Science Fiction. His work has appeared in Foundation, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New York Review of Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Age, and he teaches science fiction, fantasy, and fiction writing at North Carolina State University. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.