- xxvi, 532 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Additional Authors
- Cramer, Kathryn,Finn, Ed,
- Contents: Foreward / Lawrence M. Krauss -- Preface, Innovation starvation / Neal Stephenson -- Introduction, a blueprint for better dreams / Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer -- Atmosphæra incognita / Neal Stephenson -- Girl in wave, wave in girl / Kathleen Ann Goonan -- By the time we get to Arizona / Madeline Ashby -- Man who sold the moon / Cory Doctorow -- Johnny Appledrone vs. the FAA / Lee Konstantinou -- Degrees of freedom / Karl Schroeder -- Two scenarios for the future of solar energy / Annalee Newitz -- Hotel in Antarctica / Geoffrey A. Landis -- Periapis / James L. Cambias -- Man who sold the stars / Gregory Benford -- Entanglement / Vandana Singh -- Elephant angels / Brenda Cooper -- Covenant / Elizabeth Bear -- Quantum telepathy / Rudy Rucker -- Transition generation / David Brin -- Day it all ended / Charlie Jane Anders -- Tall tower / Bruce Sterling. -- Science and science fiction, an interview with Paul Davies.Includes bibliographical references.Summary: Born of an initiative at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, this remarkable collection unites a diverse group of celebrated authors, prominent scientists, and creative visionaries--among them Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Charlie Jane Anders, David Brin, and Neal Stephenson--who contributed works of "techno-optimism" that challenge us to imagine fully, think broadly, and do Big Stuff. Inside this volume you will find marvels of imagination and possibility, including a steel tower so tall that the stratosphere is just an elevator ride away, a drone-powered Internet, crowdfunded robots descending on the moon, cities that work like a single cell of algae powered entirely by the sun, and much more.