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Encouraged through the real-life breakthroughs coated within the pages of MIT expertise assessment, well known writers Brian W. Aldiss, David Brin, and Greg Egan subscribe to the most well liked rising authors from world wide to examine the way forward for the net, biotechnology, computing, and extra. This assortment gains 12 all-new tales, an specific interview with technological know-how fiction legend Neal Stephenson, and a full-color gallery of paintings by way of technology Fiction corridor of Famer Richard Powers.

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