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Announcing The Tomorrow Project’s Journeys through Time and Space anthology

October 8, 2015 in Hieroglyph

“Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it.”
-Doctor Emmett L. Brown, Back to the Future Part III

Cover of the Tomorrow Project's Journeys through Time and Space anthology, featuring an artist's rendering of a black hole.I was nearing my thirteenth birthday when I heard that line — a call to action from a character that embodied scientific curiosity, exploration, and DIY. Unfortunately for me, the year was 1989, so rather than take to the Internet to find a community of thinkers and makers to help workshop my ideas, I contented myself by reading about other people’s imagined futures. Thankfully, for those of us who pined for access to a hackerspace or the fellowship of like-minded enthusiasts, these dreams are realized for a new generation courtesy of The Tomorrow Project.

For the past five years, The Tomorrow Project has empowered today’s youth to visualize and collaborate on the future they want to live in through both storytelling and prototyping. Using grounded science as a starting point, Tomorrow Project participants are encouraged to tease out ideas, designs, implications, and worst-case scenarios to envision the world that they’ll soon inherit. Hundreds of these exercises from fifteen countries and thirty-six U.S. states were submitted as short stories to the project’s The Future – Powered By Fiction contest and have been published in quarterly anthologies throughout the past year.

As a partner in this effort, we are excited to announce the publication of the fourth and final collection of tales from the competition, Journeys through Time and Space.

In this volume, eleven young people from Nepal, Singapore, and the U.S. share their dispatches from the future, expressing the primal human desire for exploration powered by the technologies of tomorrow. Their stories are fresh, exciting, and brimming with possibility. We invite you to read them all here and share the Tomorrow Project with the students and educators in your life. The anthology is free to read, download, and share.

Visit the Tomorrow Project website to read and share Journeys through Time and Space and the other three “Future – Powered by Fiction” anthologies, along with a bunch of other volumes of science fiction and fact.

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The Future: Powered by Fiction, a SF anthology from ASU and Intel

September 12, 2014 in Hieroglyph

The Future Powered by Fiction Front CoverIt turns out that Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future wasn’t the only science fiction anthology published by ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination this month! On Friday, September 5 we published The Future: Powered by Fiction in partnership with Intel’s Tomorrow Project and the Society for Science & the Public.

The anthology, which is free to read and share, features ten compelling visions of the future crafted by winners of a short story competition open to young adults ages 13-25 from all over the world. The short stories featured in the anthology were written by authors from eight different U.S. states, as well as Canada and Hong Kong.

The Future: Powered by Fiction was co-edited by Project Hieroglyph’s Ed Finn and G. Pascal Zachary, a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, and features contributions from Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson and Bryan Walsh, a senior editor and environmental writer for TIME magazine.

You can download the anthology here, or learn more at the Tomorrow Project website. And stay tuned: Intel and the Center for Science and the Imagination will partner on three more anthologies to be released throughout 2014 and 2015, showcasing other outstanding science fiction futures from around the world!

Joey Eschrich is the editor and program manager at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. He earned his bachelor's degree in Film and Media Studies in 2008 and his master's degree in Gender Studies in 2011, both from ASU.