[From the dust jacket:] "Seventeen hard science fiction stories by today's top authors. Hard science fiction is the literature of change, rigorously examining the impact--both beneficial and dangerous--of science and technology on humanity, the future, and the cosmos. As science advances, expanding our knowledge of the universe, astounding new frontiers in storytelling open up as well. In Carbide Tipped Pens, more than a dozen of today's most creative imaginations explore these frontiers, carrying on the grand tradition of such legendary masters as Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and John W. Campbell, while bringing hard science fiction into the twenty-first century by extrapolating from the latest scientific developments and discoveries. Ranging from ancient China to the outer reaches of the solar system, this outstanding collection of stories, written by an international roster of authors, finds wonder, terror, and gripping human drama in topics as diverse as space exploration, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, climate change, alternate history, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, interplanetary war, and even the future of baseball. From tattoos that treat allergies to hazardous missions to Mars and beyond, from the end of the world to the furthest limits of human invention, Carbide Tipped Pens turns startling new ideas into state-of-the-art science fiction. Includes stories by Doug Beason, Gregory Benford, Aliette de Bodard, Ben Bova, Eric Choi, David DeGraff, Carl Frederick, Nancy Fulda, Howard Hendrix, Liu Cixin (translated by Ken Liu), Jack McDevitt, Leah Petersen & Gabrielle Harbowy, Robert Reed, Kate Story, Dirk Strasser, Jean-Louis Trudel, and Daniel H. Wilson!"
An all-new anthology of Chinese culture-inspired science fiction This unique collection of science fiction tales demonstrates the diversity of the Chinese experience around the world, merging China's rich heritage with new traditions, offering North American readers an opportunity to discover these exciting writers.
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