A workshop of 12 illustrated short stories. Indulge yourself with unpredictable adventures in time and space, written in different styles and sub-genres, from time travel to post-apocalyptic. Dive into the future on the wings of those who dare to forecast it or simply imagine what is to come.
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Why do people like to imagine incredible things? Why do we always dream for something out of the ordinary, even when life disappoints us or when nature strikes unpredictably? Why do we spend most of our lives fantasizing much greater things than Santa Claus or Tooth Fairies, allowing our dreams to evolve into philosophical, cultural, technological or science-fictional visions for a better world--one more united and more prosperous, perhaps?
As Einstein put it, "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." But ... why? Are we some sort of "dreaming machines" and "truth seekers," who cannot exist without one or the other? Is there a visionary in every one of us, lying dormant in the core of our inner being? Are we in fact explorers of ourselves and of every possibility around us, no matter how ridiculous it may sound to some?
Imagination, of course, is deeply rooted into our civilization. It helps us plan everything in life, as well as design, invent, utilize, and create strange things like art, literature, music, movies--creations that we neither eat nor wear. Without imagination, our modern society feels bored, lonely, vulnerable, primitive, and even unhealthy, not to mention lost. Lack of imagination, in fact, is a lack of hope. It is a serious inability to foresee the greatness of life; not only of our human existence, but of this vast, 99.9% unexplored realm, called Cosmos.
Blocked in daily thoughts, many have forgotten that not so long ago, when they were children, they used to look up at the starry night, wishing upon a star for something great and mysterious to happen. Yet again, there are those of us who have preserved their childish dream, unwilling to surrender it before diurnal anxiety and whatever daily problems we are piled up with. We all go to their great depository of imagination, when we suffer such intellectual blows, and dive into their books, movies, or music as into another universe. It makes us feel important and alive again.
The motto of our second international anthology for short science fiction is survival. Survival from anything you can imagine: our bad choices, our sometimes angry planet, or whatever dangers may lurk beyond the veil of stars.
Here I offer you twelve jury-selected stories, covering a rich variety of sci-fi sub-genres, from comedy to post-apocalyptic. They represent the best of our online community of professionals, freelancers, and sci-fi fans. Dive into their universes and enrich your worldview with something special.
September 27, 2010
A 1983 Art School graduate and 1987 National Theater Academy postgraduate, Bob Bello is an independent writer/producer of sci-fi radio drama and teleplays for young adults (PG-13). Most of his stories are now novelized as standalone episodes (some with sequels) and published in the STARCALL anthology series. Network with him at Facebook.com/timeship
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