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Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology

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Publisher Comments:

When the Singularity arrives and computers possess superhuman intelligence, will there be an ecstatic merging of machine and mind—or an instantaneous techno-apocalypse? Will there be the enslavement of humanity or “the Rapture of the Nerds”? The post-human future is here in its wildest science-fictional imaginings and intriguing scientific speculations.

This far-reaching anthology traces the path of the Singularity, an era when advances in technology will totally transform human reality. It travels to the alien far-future of H. G. Wells (Mind at the End of Its Tether), to the almost human near-future of Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near), from Elizabeth Bears fusion of woman, machine, God, and shark (“The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe”), to Isaac Asimovs evolution of ineffable logic (“The Last Question”). As intelligence both figuratively (and possibly literally) explodes, science-fiction authors and futurists have dared to peek over the edge of the event horizon. Join them there.

Review:

"At least as far back as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, humans have demonstrated a fascination with the entities that will replace us, just as we replaced earlier hominids. This motif runs through science fiction and its progenitors and is continued in Kelly and Kessel's new anthology, which includes 19 stories and essays that draw on sources new (as in Hannu Rajaniemi's 'The Server and the Dragon' and Charles Stross' 'Nightfall') and old (as in Isaac Asimov's 'The Last Question' and an excerpt from Olaf Stapledon's Odd John). Vernor Vinge's influential 1993 essay on 'the Singularity,' the 'creation by technology of entities with greater-than-human intelligence,' is prominently featured and speculates that this event will occur between 2005 and 2030. This theory was once described by Charles Stross as 'this enormous turd that Vernor Vinge crapped into the punchbowl of sf writing,' while others consider it to be a source of inspiration. Regardless, in the skilled hands of Kelly and Kessel (the duo behind The Secret History of Science Fiction), even the most inane ideas are treated respectfully and discussed sincerely, which allows for an anthology full of compelling and controversial stories. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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 Bears fusion of woman, machine, God, and shark and Isaac Asimovs 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781616960704
Author:
Kelly, James Patrick
Publisher:
Tachyon Publications
Author:
Vinge, Vernor
Author:
Kessel, John
Author:
Kurzweil, Ray
Author:
Stross, Charles
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Short Stories
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
431
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At least as far back as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, humans have demonstrated a fascination with the entities that will replace us, just as we replaced earlier hominids. This motif runs through science fiction and its progenitors and is continued in Kelly and Kessel's new anthology, which includes 19 stories and essays that draw on sources new (as in Hannu Rajaniemi's 'The Server and the Dragon' and Charles Stross' 'Nightfall') and old (as in Isaac Asimov's 'The Last Question' and an excerpt from Olaf Stapledon's Odd John). Vernor Vinge's influential 1993 essay on 'the Singularity,' the 'creation by technology of entities with greater-than-human intelligence,' is prominently featured and speculates that this event will occur between 2005 and 2030. This theory was once described by Charles Stross as 'this enormous turd that Vernor Vinge crapped into the punchbowl of sf writing,' while others consider it to be a source of inspiration. Regardless, in the skilled hands of Kelly and Kessel (the duo behind The Secret History of Science Fiction), even the most inane ideas are treated respectfully and discussed sincerely, which allows for an anthology full of compelling and controversial stories. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 Bears fusion of woman, machine, God, and shark and Isaac Asimovs 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.
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