Science Fiction Day

Every year on January 2nd, the date of birth for legendary science fiction author Isaac Asimov, Science Fiction day is celebrated by sci-fi enthusiasts worldwide. In belated celebration, here’s a list of some of our and our distribution partners’ recent sci-fi-related titles.

 

Robotics Through Science Fiction: Artificial Intelligence Explained Through Six Classic Robot Short Stories edited by Robin R. Murphy

This collection edited by roboticist Robin R. Murphy features six classic science fiction stories with commentary from Murphy explaining principles of artificial intelligence. Stories by Philip K. Dick, Vernor Vinge, Brian Aldiss, and Isaac Asimov are included.

 

 

 

The Vestigial Heart: A Novel of the Robot Age by Carme Torras

In The Vestigial Heart Celia is awakened from her cryogenically induced sleep to a future where human emotions are extinct and robots are used by humans to navigate their daily lives. Torras, a prominent roboticist weaves together a tale of human emotion and ethical questions about AI and robots. 

 

 

 

 

Twelve Tomorrows edited by Wayne Roush

This collection of stories on topics ranging from AI to virtual currencies by established writers and rising stars of science fiction offers visions of potential futures. The contributors include: Elizabeth Bear, SL Huang, Clifford V. Johnson (author of The Dialogues), J. M. Ledgard, Liu Cixin, Ken Liu, Paul McAuley, Nnedi Okorafor, Malka Older, Sarah Pinsker, and Alastair Reynolds. Launched in 2011 by MIT Technology Review, the Twelve Tomorrows series explores the future implications of emerging technologies through the lens of fiction.

 

Economic Science Fictions edited by Will Davies

Are science fiction and economics as disciplines incompatible? Economics deals with data to measure and predict economic activity, while science fiction envisions a future through creative writing. This book from our partner Goldsmiths Press digs into both and concludes that not only are they compatible, but we can learn about society and the future from a synthesis of both.