Genetic publishing, holograms and underwater cities each appear in the 18 stories and 18 illustrations that accompany them. The stories were edited by sci-fi author Ann VanderMeer and come from authors around the world. An author, Lauren Beukes, even wrote his story, "His seal skin coat" in Antarctica.
This anthology was sponsored by the XPrize Foundation, a group that organizes large-scale competitions to advance technology in a variety of areas including: space exploration, robotics, artificial intelligenceamong many others. Their last prize gave more $ 7 million for working teams on the challenges related to the autonomous exploration of the ocean.
The 18 writers – all women – were inspired to imagine a future in which today's innovations have had a positive impact and have changed the relationship of humanity to the ocean.
"This does not mean that all the stories must be Polynanna's utopian plots," says Eric Desatnik, XPrize Communications Manager. "But this is certainly meant to inspire and extend people's imagination as to how we could interact with our ocean in the future"
The stories cover augmented reality, floating cities, gene editing and underwater habitats, among many other science fiction topics.
"The reason we are engaged in this ocean science sci-fi anthology is to remind people of how amazing the ocean is, but how unknown and unexplored it is," said Desatnik, who said contributed to the creation of the anthology. . I hope these stories will inspire people to look back at the oceans as a place of discovery and exploration, especially as they continue to experience environmental changes due to the pollution and climate change.
"There is a lot of work to be done to transform our oceans and return to a healthy trajectory, and the simple step of reminding people of the majesty of our ocean and how essential it is for us to begin by exploring and understanding our ocean. – I just think it's absolutely necessary before we can tackle all these other problems, "Desatnik said.