Future Boston: The History of a City 1990-2100

TitleFuture Boston: The History of a City 1990-2100
Year for Search1994
AuthorsSmith, David Alexander (b. 1953), Smith, Sarah [Winthrop](b. 1937), Jablokov, Alexander (b. 1956), Landis, Geoffrey A[lan](b. 1955), Burrowes, Jon, Popkes, Steven [Earl](b. 1952), and Nelson, Resa (b. 1956)
Secondary AuthorsSmith, David Alexander ed.(b. 1953)
Date Published1994
PublisherTor
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsFemale author, Male author, US author
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A shared future history anthology related to Smith’s 1993 In the Cube, which was written during the collaboration on this volume. The basic premise is that Boston is sinking and that as it sinks some of it will simply disappear under water and that the remaining sections will struggle for survival and come into conflict with each other. To complicate matters a wide variety of different aliens arrive in Boston and become part of everyday life. One of those aliens is testing humans for admission into the interstellar world. Humanity apparently passes the test and at the end Boston reunites and establishes itself as a separate country. The volume is composed of numerous stories and vignettes, a few previously published, maps of Boston in 1772, 1990, 2014, 2030, 2050, and 2061, and an “Afterword: How It Came to Be” (376-82) by David Smith. The contents are Smith, “ ‘Boston Will Sink, Claims MIT Prof’ ” (9-10); Sarah [Winthrop] Smith (b. 1947), “Seeing the Edge” (12-29); Alexander Jablokov (b. 1956), “Nomads” (30-52); Geoffrey A[lan] Landis (b. 1955), “Projects” (53-70) rpt. from Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine [the copyright page incorrectly says Analog] 14.6 (157) (June 1990): 104-17; David Smith, “Dying in Hull” (71-87) rpt. from Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 12.11 (136) (November 1988): 62-66, 68-75; and in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection. Ed. Gardner [Raymond] Dozois (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989), 497-508 with an Editor’s note on 496; and in Isaac Asimov’s Earth. Ed. Gardner [Raymond] Dozois and Sheila Williams (New York: Ace Books, 1992), 19-34. Jon Burrowes, “The Elephant-Ass Thing” (89-108); Steven [Earl] Popkes (b. 1952), “The Parade” (109-21); Jablokov, “Seating Arrangement” (122-32); Burrowes, “The Uprising” (133-36); Resa Nelson (b. 1956) and Sarah Smith, “Fennario” (137-52); Landis, “Topology of the Loophole” (153-56); Popkes, “Not for Broadcast” (157-62); David Smith, “When the Phneri Fell” (163-66) rpt. from Figment, no. 1 (October 1989): 23-24; which was rpt. Figment, no. 15 (Fall 1993): 27-28; Popkes and David Smith, “Playing Chess with the Bishop” (168-73); Jablokov, “Letter to the Editor” (174-75); David Smith, “Who Is Venture Capital?” (176-77); Jablokov, “IPOB Dining Hall Procedures,” (178-80); Popkes, “So You Want to Meet the Bishop” (181-85); Landis, “Camomile and Crimson; or, The Tale of the Brahmin’s Wife” (186-98) originally published as “The Tale of the Brahmin’s Wife.” Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact 110.5 (April 1990): 135-43; Popkes, “The Test” (198-222); Jablokov, “The Place of No Shadows” (223-46) rpt. from Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 14.11& 12 (162& 163) (November 1990): 170-86; Jablokov, “The Lady of Port Moresby Incident” (248-49); Sarah Smith, “Three Boston Artists” (250-66) rpt. from Aboriginal Science Fiction 4.4 (22) (July-August 1990): 2, 59-63 with illus on 3 and 58; Jablokov, “Focal Plane” (267-86); Sarah Smith, “Ye Citizens of Boston” (287-328); Jablokov, “The Adoption” (330-51) rpt. from Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 15.12& 13 (177& 178) (November 1991): 200-15; Jablokov, “WereWhereWear” (352-53); and David Smith, “Sail Away” (354-75).

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1994 Smith, David Alexander, ed. (b. 1953). Future Boston: The History of a City 1990-2100. New York: Tor. PSt

A shared future history anthology related to Smith’s 1993 In the Cube, which was written during the collaboration on this volume. The basic premise is that Boston is sinking and that as it sinks some of it will simply disappear under water and that the remaining sections will struggle for survival and come into conflict with each other. To complicate matters a wide variety of different aliens arrive in Boston and become part of everyday life. One of those aliens is testing humans for admission into the interstellar world. Humanity apparently passes the test and at the end Boston reunites and establishes itself as a separate country. The volume is composed of numerous stories and vignettes, a few previously published, maps of Boston in 1772, 1990, 2014, 2030, 2050, and 2061, and an “Afterword: How It Came to Be” (376-82) by David Smith. The contents are Smith, “‘Boston Will Sink, Claims MIT Prof’” (9-10); Sarah [Winthrop] Smith (b. 1947), “Seeing the Edge” (12-29); Alexander Jablokov (b. 1956), “Nomads” (30-52); Geoffrey A[lan] Landis (b. 1955), “Projects” (53-70) rpt. from Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine [the copyright page incorrectly says Analog] 14.6 (157) (June 1990): 104-17; David Smith, “Dying in Hull” (71-87) rpt. from Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 12.11 (136) (November 1988): 62-66, 68-75; and in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection. Ed. Gardner [Raymond] Dozois (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989), 497-508 with an Editor’s note on 496; and in Isaac Asimov’s Earth. Ed. Gardner [Raymond] Dozois and Sheila Williams (New York: Ace Books, 1992), 19-34. Jon Burrowes, “The Elephant-Ass Thing” (89-108); Steven [Earl] Popkes (b. 1952), “The Parade” (109-21); Jablokov, “Seating Arrangement” (122-32); Burrowes, “The Uprising” (133-36); Resa Nelson (b. 1956) and Sarah Smith, “Fennario” (137-52); Landis, “Topology of the Loophole” (153-56); Popkes, “Not for Broadcast” (157-62); David Smith, “When the Phneri Fell” (163-66) rpt. from Figment, no. 1 (October 1989): 23-34; which was rpt. Figment, no. 15 (Fall 1993): 27-28; Popkes and David Smith, “Playing Chess with the Bishop” (168-73); Jablokov, “Letter to the Editor” (174-75); David Smith, “Who Is Venture Capital?” (176-77); Jablokov, “IPOB Dining Hall Procedures,” (178-80); Popkes, “So You Want to Meet the Bishop” (181-85); Landis, “Camomile and Crimson; or, The Tale of the Brahmin’s Wife” (186-98) originally published as “The Tale of the Brahmin’s Wife.” Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact 110.5 (April 1990): 135-43; Popkes, “The Test” (198-222); Jablokov, “The Place of No Shadows” (223-46) rpt. from Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 14.11&12 (162&163) (November 1990): 170-86; Jablokov, “The Lady of Port Moresby Incident” (248-49); Sarah Smith, “Three Boston Artists” (250-66) rpt. from Aboriginal Science Fiction 4.4 (22) (July-August 1990): 2, 59-63 with illus on 3 and 58; Jablokov, “Focal Plane” (267-86); Sarah Smith, “Ye Citizens of Boston” (287-328); Jablokov, “The Adoption” (330-51) rpt. from Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 15.12&13 (177&178) (November 1991): 200-15; Jablokov, “WereWhereWear” (352-53); and David Smith, “Sail Away” (354-75).