Seventeen hard science fiction tales by today’s top authors
Hard science fiction is the
literature of change, rigorously examining the impact—both beneficial
and dangerous—of science and technology on humanity, the future, and the
cosmos. As science advances, expanding our knowledge of the universe,
astounding new frontiers in storytelling open up as well.
In Carbide Tipped Pens,
over a dozen of today’s most creative imaginations explore these
frontiers, carrying on the grand tradition of such legendary masters as
Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and John W. Campbell, while bringing
hard science fiction into the 21st century by extrapolating from the
latest scientific developments and discoveries. Ranging from ancient
China to the outer reaches of the solar system, this outstanding
collection of original stories, written by an international roster of
authors, finds wonder, terror, and gripping human drama in topics as
diverse as space exploration, artificial intelligence, biotechnology,
climate change, alternate history, the search for extraterrestrial
intelligence, interplanetary war, and even the future of baseball.
From tattoos that treat allergies
to hazardous missions to Mars and beyond, from the end of the world to
the farthest limits of human invention, Carbide Tipped Pens turns startling new ideas into state-of-the art science fiction.
Includes stories by Ben Bova,
Gregory Benford, Robert Reed, Aliette de Bodard, Jack McDevitt, Howard
Hendrix, Daniel H. Wilson, and many others!