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Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next 50 Years

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Visionary author Bruce Sterling views the future like no other writer. In his first nonfiction book since his classic The Hacker Crackdown, Sterling describes the world our children might be living in over the next fifty years and what to expect next in culture, geopolitics, and business.

Time calls Bruce Sterling ?one of America?s best-known science fiction writers and perhaps the sharpest observer of our media-choked culture working today in any genre.? Tomorrow Now is, as Sterling wryly describes it, ?an ambitious, sprawling effort in thundering futurist punditry, in the pulsing vein of the futurists I?ve read and admired over the years: H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Alvin Toffler; Lewis Mumford, Reyner Banham, Peter Drucker, and Michael Dertouzos. This book asks the future two questions: What does it mean? and How does it feel? ?

Taking a cue from one of William Shakespeare?s greatest soliloquies, Sterling devotes one chapter to each of the seven stages of humanity: birth, school, love, war, politics, business, and old age. As our children progress through Sterling?s Shakespearean life cycle, they will encounter new products; new weapons; new crimes; new moral conundrums, such as cloning and genetic alteration; and new political movements, which will augur the way wars of the future will be fought.

Here are some of the author?s predictions:

  • Human clone babies will grow into the bitterest and surliest adolescents ever
  • Microbes will be more important than the family farm
  • Consumer items will look more and more like cuddly, squeezable pets
  • Tomorrow?s kids will learn more from randomly clicking the Internet than they ever will from their textbooks
  • Enemy governments will be nice to you and will badly want your tourist money, but global outlaws will scheme to kill you, loudly and publicly, on their Jihad TVs
  • The future of politics is blandness punctuated with insanity. The future of activism belongs to a sophisticated, urbane global network that can make money?the Disney World version of Al Qaeda
Tomorrow Now will change the way you think about the future and our place in it.

Review:

?Nobody knows better than Bruce Sterling how thin the membrane between science fiction and real life has become, a state he correctly depicts as both thrilling and terrifying in this frisky, literate, clear-eyed sketch of the next half-century. Like all of the most interesting futurists, Sterling isn?t just talking about machines and biochemistry: what he really cares about are the interstices of technology with culture and human history.? Kurt Andersen, author of Turn of the Century

About the Author

Bruce Sterling is the author of nine novels, three of which were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. The Difference Engine, co-written with William Gibson, was a national bestseller. He has also published three short-story collections and one nonfiction book, The Hacker Crackdown. He edited the anthology Mirrorshades and has written for many magazines, including Newsweek, Fortune, Harper?s, Details, Whole Earth Review, and Wired, where he has been a contributing writer since its conception. In 1999, he won the Hugo Award in the short-story category. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812969764
Author:
Sterling, Bruce
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Future Studies
Subject:
Twenty-first century
Subject:
Social prediction
Subject:
General Technology
Subject:
Sociology-Future Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
108-167
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.8 in 0.8 lb

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