The editors of Issues in Science and Technology (IST) believe that science fiction (SF) can help to bring key challenges and dilemmas in science and technology to an influential readership in new and compelling ways. Scientists, engineers, researchers, and policymakers often only see small pieces of an issue. SF writers can imagine entire worlds. By fully thinking through how today’s critical issues will play out, science fiction inspires, cautions, and guides those shaping our future.
- Eagle, by Gregory Benford
New technologies can change the world—so who should decide how to use them?
Originally published in the Spring 2014 issue.
- Pythia of Science, by Josh Trapani
One of the winners of our science fiction contest.
Originally published in the Spring 2015 issue.
- Heirs of the Body, by Claudia Casser
Medical technology continues to open new possibilities, and this science fiction story explores some of the legal and ethical decisions that could confront us.
Originally published in the Summer 2015 issue.
- Mapo Tofu with Spicy Cucumber Side, by Chris Merchant
Science fiction from the very near future.
Originally published in the Fall 2015 issue.
- The Fictional Age, by Kelle Dhein
A scifi future that wants to forget its history.
Originally published in the Winter 2016 issue.