Here’s a project I’m excited about. Laura Hudson is heading up a science fiction project over at the The Verge called “Better Worlds. ” It’s an anthology of ten science fiction stories. Half of them have been adapted as animations and the other half as audiobooks. All share one thing in common (something uncommon in the sci-fi genre) all are optimistic.
Hudson explains what she’s targeting: “The stories of Better Worlds are not intended to be conflict-free utopias or Pollyanna-ish paeans about how tech will solve everything; many are set in societies where people face challenges, sometimes life-threatening ones. But all of them imagine worlds where technology has made life better and not worse, and characters find a throughline of hope.”
The series launches January 14th.
Better Worlds is partly inspired by Stephenson’s fiction anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future as well as Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, a 2015 “visionary fiction” anthology that is written by a diverse array of social activists and edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown. Their premise was simple: whenever we imagine a more equitable, sustainable, or humane world, we are producing speculative fiction, and this creates a “vital space” that is essential to forward progress.