Center for Science and the Imagination

Cover for the edited volume "Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A Collection of Space Futures," depicting the inside of a futuristic space station.

Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities

A Collection of Space Futures

Edited by Joey Eschrich and Ed Finn

Why should we go to space? To learn more about the universe and our place in it? To extract resources and conduct commerce? To demonstrate national primacy and technological prowess? To…

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Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds

Mary Shelley

Edited by Jason Scott Robert, Ed Finn and David H. Guston

Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" has endured in the popular imagination for two hundred years. Begun as a ghost story by an intellectually and socially precocious eighteen-year-old author…

The book cover for What Algorithms Want, showing a distorted image of a city skyline in black and white.

What Algorithms Want

Imagination in the Age of Computing

Ed Finn

We depend on—we believe in—algorithms to help us get a ride, choose which book to buy, execute a mathematical proof. It’s as if we think of code as a magic spell, an incantation to…

Cover of Slow Catastrophes, Uncertain Revivals edited by Michele Speitz and Joey Eschrich

Slow Catastrophes, Uncertain Revivals

Stories Inspired by Project Hieroglyph

Edited by Michele Speitz and Joey Eschrich

"Slow Catastrophes, Uncertain Revivals" is a collection of research-based stories about the future, proudly published by Project Hieroglyph. The book features stories created by students…

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Journeys Through Time and Space

Edited by G. Pascal Zachary and Ed Finn

Humanity defines itself by its journeys. Whether we’re crossing oceans, blasting off into space, migrating to distant unknown lands, or pursuing voyages of discovery within our own minds…

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Stories and Visions for a Better Future

Edited by Kathryn Cramer and Ed Finn

Inspired by New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson, this anthology of stories set in the near future, from some of today’s leading writers, thinkers, and visionaries,…

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Stories in the Stratosphere

Edited by Michael G. Bennett, Joey Eschrich and Ed Finn

This collection of science fiction stories, art, and speculative timelines explores the near future of the stratosphere. From "Star Trek" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" to "The Martian,"…

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Everything Change

An Anthology of Climate Fiction

Edited by Meredith Martinez, Manjana Milkoreit and Joey Eschrich

This collection of gripping stories explores a range of possible futures for Earth and humanity transformed by climate change. Featuring contributions from renowned science fiction…

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Dark Futures

Edited by G. Pascal Zachary and Ed Finn

One person’s utopia is another’s dystopia, but both perspectives have one thing in common—hope for humanity is taken away when all the questions are answered for us. Science fiction is…

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The Future—Powered by Fiction

Edited by G. Pascal Zachary and Ed Finn

Take a whirlwind tour of tomorrow through the minds of 10 young authors as they paint compelling pictures of what could happen over the next several decades through short science fiction…