Humanity defines itself by its journeys. Whether we’re crossing oceans, blasting off into space, migrating to distant unknown lands, or pursuing voyages of discovery within our own minds, we learn about who we are and who we want to become by traversing time, space and the imagination. In this volume, 11 young authors use science fiction storytelling to explore human futures shaped by excursions through space and time, and into the labyrinthine caverns of the human mind. These stories, paired with an essay from renowned planetary scientist and NewSpace pioneer Jim Bell about the thrilling near future of human activity and exploration in space, challenge us to think big and seek the futures we want, even if our journeys take us beyond the bounds of the possible.
This collection is part of Tomorrow Project USA, a collaboration between ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination, Intel, and the Society for Science & the Public that ignites creative, productive, science-based conversations about the future through books of original stories, essays, and artwork created by K-12 and college students. The collections are overseen by an editorial board of leading researchers, journalists, and scholars.