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Virtual Futures’ author in residence Stephen Oram takes technology and humanity, mixes them up a bit and plays with their future.
The journey begins with a man escaping the trap of his health-monitoring, implant-adjusting mirror, with disastrous consequences, and ends with a tele-empathic romance in a world where skin that lacks physical human contact is designed to crack and flake.
Along the way meet the naughty part-sentient moss, uncover the agony of Christopher, who took out a loan for bionic limbs but couldn’t afford the repayments, and explore a cellar full of discarded, disaffected and dangerous Thrown Away Things.
This edition also includes reactions to the stories from experts in the field. No matter how wild these imaginings get, there’s always a thread of stark reality tugging at the bright promises of a technical utopian future; sometimes dark, sometimes light, but nearly always with a word of warning.
These 30 SciFi shorts will inspire, unnerve and entertain you.