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December 2014
Arizona State University

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Dark Futures

Edited by: 
Ed Finn
G. Pascal Zachary

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 the language we use to talk about the future and its endless possibilities, including those that we desire and those that we fear. This collection of science fiction short stories takes us into those dark futures so that we can have a conversation about how to avoid them. Featuring an essay by science fiction author and technology entrepreneur Ramez Naam and an interview with legendary science fiction novelist Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy, "Green Earth," and "2312."

This collection is part of Tomorrow Project USA, a collaboration between ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination, Intel, and the Society for Science & the Public that ignites creative, productive, science-based conversations about the future through books of original stories, essays, and artwork created by K-12 and college students. The collections are overseen by an editorial board of leading researchers, journalists, and scholars.


Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at ASU and an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English.

G. Pascal Zachary is a professor of practice at ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the author of several books, including "The Diversity Advantage: Multicultural Identity in the New World Economy."