Science Fiction’s Role in Saving Our Future

by Rachel Baker on September 4, 2014

A group of science fiction writers got together with some scientist and talked about creating a much more optimistic future than what the trend has been in science fiction. The result of these conversations are the short stories in Project Hieroglyph which will be released on September 9th.

Project Hieroglyph: Fighting society’s dystopian future.

Acclaimed science-fiction writer Neal Stephenson saw this bleak trend in his own work, but didn’t give it much thought until he attended a conference on the future a couple years ago.

At the time, Stephenson said that science fiction guides innovation because young readers later grow up to be scientists and engineers.

But fellow attendee Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University (ASU), “took a more sort of provocative stance, that science fiction actually needed to supply ideas that scientists and engineers could actually implement”, Stephenson says.

“[He] basically told me that I needed to get off my duff and start writing science fiction in a more constructive and optimistic vein.”

That conversation spawned a new endeavour called Project Hieroglyph, which seeks to bring science fiction writers and scientists together to learn from, and influence, each other – and in turn, the future.

Renowned writers such as Bruce Sterling and Cory Doctorow were tasked with working with scientists to imagine optimistic, technically-grounded science fiction stories depicting futures achievable within the next 50 years.

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