Read the first story from the passenger in seat 1A - Gregory Benford. I look forward to reading more.
I have only started to scan the stories, and I find it quite entertaining to see all the visions of the 2037 future. So far from what I have read, and from the tittles of the stories I have not yet read, I get the impression that all the writers are optimistic. For example, nothing that I have seen so far deals with 20 years of (1) not much happening to slow global warming, (2) reduced political interest in maintaining infrastructure, and (3) increasing movement towards secession dividing large political groups into segments. Also, so far I have seen nothing like the San Fransisco setting of "Blade Runner".
There's a science fiction writing contest going on right now called Seat14C sponsored by the XPrize folks and Japan's ANA Airlines.
It's to be an anthology collection of stories by some famous sci fi authors and with one slot reserved for an aspiring author all starting with the same premise of a flight from Tokyo to SFO that is transported 20 years into the future. They want you to imagine what the future will be like once you get off the plane.
Details of the competition are at the website: www.seat14C.com
Here's an online WIRED article about it as well:
The winner will be announced in two more days. Jedishrfu and I have both submitted stories. It would be pretty awesome if one of us won.
Yes that would be awesome.
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