Carbide Tipped Pens Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-12-02
  • Publisher: Tor Books
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Seventeen hard science fiction tales by today's top authors

Hard science fiction is the literature of change, rigorously examining the impactóboth beneficial and dangerousóof science and technology on humanity, the future, and the cosmos. As science advances, expanding our knowledge of the universe, astounding new frontiers in storytelling open up as well.

In Carbide Tipped Pens, over a dozen of today's most creative imaginations explore these frontiers, carrying on the grand tradition of such legendary masters as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and John W. Campbell, while bringing hard science fiction into the 21st century by extrapolating from the latest scientific developments and discoveries. Ranging from ancient China to the outer reaches of the solar system, this outstanding collection of original stories, written by an international roster of authors, finds wonder, terror, and gripping human drama in topics as diverse as space exploration, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, climate change, alternate history, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, interplanetary war, and even the future of baseball.

From tattoos that treat allergies to hazardous missions to Mars and beyond, from the end of the world to the farthest limits of human invention, Carbide Tipped Pens turns startling new ideas into state-of-the art science fiction.

Includes stories by Ben Bova, Gregory Benford, Robert Reed, Aliette de Bodard, Jack McDevitt, Howard Hendrix, Daniel H. Wilson, and many others!

Author Biography

BEN BOVA is a six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog, and former editorial director of Omni. Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction. He lives in Florida.

ERIC CHOI is an aerospace engineer as well as an award-winning author and editor. He has worked on a number of space missions including the Phoenix Mars Lander and the Canadarm2 on the International Space Station.

Table of Contents


The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever

Daniel H. Wilson

theoretical physics

A Slow Unfurling of Truth

Aliette de Bodard

probability theory


Doug Beason

human mission to Mars

The Circle

Liu Cixin (translated by Ken Liu)

computer science

Old Timer's Game

Ben Bova

medical science

The Snows of Yesteryear

Jean-Louis Trudel

climate change

Skin Deep

Leah Petersen & Gabrielle Harbowy

medical science

Lady with Fox

Gregory Benford



Howard Hendrix


The Play's the Thing

Jack McDevitt

artificial intelligence

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Every Hill Ends with Sky

Robert Reed

extraterrestrial intelligence

She Just Looks that Way

Eric Choi


"SIREN of Titan

David DeGraff

space exploration and artificial intelligence


The Yoke of Inauspicious Stars

Kate Story

space colonization


Ambiguous Nature

Carl Frederick

search for extraterrestrial intelligence


The Mandelbrot Bet

Dirk Strasser

chaos theory, mathematics, and cosmology



Nancy Fulda



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