Communications Breakdown: SF Stories about the Future of Connection

Communications Breakdown: SF Stories about the Future of Connection

by Jonathan Strahan (Editor)
Communications Breakdown: SF Stories about the Future of Connection

Communications Breakdown: SF Stories about the Future of Connection

by Jonathan Strahan (Editor)

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Overview

An exciting science fiction collection that looks at what future communication might look like and how our shifting relationships with technology could change this most human of capabilities.

In Communications Breakdown, award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan asks some of the world’s best science fiction writers to consider how the very idea of communication might change in the future. Rich terrain for speculation, this anthology brims with human stories about the future face of our age-old need to connect. As cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson said, “The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed.” So what happens when inequalities keep the future from everyone’s front door? Who is in control? These stories show humanity’s ability to construct the best possible worlds while also battling our potential to inflict unlimited harm.

Communications Breakdown features contributions from Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Famer Cory Doctorow, the winner of the Times of India AutHer Award Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Hugo Award winner Ian McDonald, as well as an interview with digital privacy activist Chris Gilliard by author and journalist Tim Maughan. Breaking down how we think about communication, Communications Breakdown calls readers to look at how vulnerable our modes of communication—and indeed, we ourselves—are.

Contributors
Elizabeth Bear, S.B. Divya, Cory Doctorow, Chris Gilliard, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Ken Macleod, Tim Maughan, Ian McDonald, Anil Menon, Premee Mohamed, and Shiv Ramdas. Artwork by Ashley Mackenzie

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262546461
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/31/2023
Series: Twelve Tomorrows
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 594,290
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Strahan is the editor of Tomorrow’s Parties: Life in the Anthropocene (MIT Press). He is also the reviews editor for Locus, a consulting editor for Tor.com, and cohost and producer of the Hugo-winning Coode Street Podcast.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION vii
Jonathan Strahan
1 HERE INSTEAD OF THERE 1
Elizabeth Bear
2 MORAL HAZARD 23
Cory Doctorow
3 SIGH NO MORE 41
Ian McDonald
4 LESS THAN 61
Lavanya Lakshminarayan
5 WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY? 81
Chris Gilliard interviewed by Tim Maughan
6 THE EXCOMMUNICATES 91
Ken MacLeod
7 NOISE CANCELLATION 105
S.B. Divya
8 MY CITY IS NOT A PROBLEM 123
Tim Maughan
9 CUTTLEFISH 133
Anil Menon
10 COMPANY MAN 155
Shiv Ramdas
11 AT EVERY DOOR A GHOST 181
Premee Mohamed
 ARTWORK: ASHLEY MACKENZIE 201
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 203
CONTRIBUTORS 205
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