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June 2012 ISSUE

Energizing Futures: How SF Fuels Itself

Virtual worlds. Terraforming complexes. Star-spanning generation ships. Science fiction is chock-full of massive technological artifacts born of humankind’s desire to create, to explore. What do they all have in common? They all consume energy like black holes swallow stars. Computation, mechanization, acceleration. If the future’s getting faster, it’s certainly getting more energy intensive.
Even when SF [...]

September 2010 ISSUE

Paper Cradle

Our second piece of audio fiction for September is “Paper Cradle” written by Stephen Gaskell and read by Kate Baker.

 
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September 2010 ISSUE

Paper Cradle

Even though you would’ve despised the weapon, Papa, you would’ve appreciated the beauty of its creation.
First, beyond Mercury, a mote of starlight is ensnared. An archipelago of steel-blue optical cavities, strung out like a chain of sapphires around the wildfire neck of the sun, pumps the trapped light much like [...]