Toronto 2033 is a shared-world science fiction anthology edited by the incomparable and multi-talented Jim Munroe (previously), where authors like Zainab Amadahy, Madeline Ashby, Al Donato, Kristyn Dunnion, Elyse Friedman, Paul Hong, Elan Mastai, Mari Ramsawakh, Karl Schroeder and Peter Watts were challenged to imagine a future for the city.
The book's sponsored by Spacing magazine, and it launches on December 6th at Toronto's punk science fiction bar, See-Scape.
In the meantime, you can read Elyse Friedman's story, We Have Everything They Have Nothing (they'll be releasing another story from the book every month for ten months).
The motto of Toronto, known to few, is “Diversity Our Strength”.
These days, that’s a contentious statement. In the twenty years since the
motto was chosen, diversity has become a highly-charged buzzword, with
conservatives claiming that diversity actually makes us weak.
Science, however, teaches us differently. Science shows us the danger of
monocultures. Sure, a certain strain of coffee might be the easiest to
grow, with the highest yield and the most popular flavour. But it might
have a particular vulnerability to a disease another strain is more
resistant to. Putting all our eggs in one basket, to coin a phrase, is a
terrible idea... because no one knows the future.
Here collected for you are ten peeks into the future of Toronto, from ten
writers chosen for their talent and because they reflect Toronto’s mix of
cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives.
Earlier this year, we all met for a design session. Inspired by briefings
in environmental science, municipal politics, and futurism from Spacing’s
braintrust we spent an afternoon deciding on some events that would shape
Toronto 2033, some common threads. And despite few of the writers knowing
each other, and the different perspectives everyone brought to the table,
we hammered out some key elements of our shared world within a few hours.
Veteran reviewer/interviewer Rick Kleffel (previously) has just posted a long podcast interview (MP3) with Neal Stephenson, discussing his latest novel, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell ("a science fiction novel with a fantasy novel stuck inside of it").
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