[ arstechnica.com ]Read some seriously strange time travel stories from sci-fi’s modern masters

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Read some seriously strange time travel stories from sci-fi’s modern masters

David Demaret

A flight from Tokyo to San Francisco jumps though time and lands 20 years in the future. That’s the short version of a writing prompt taken up by 22 of today’s most exciting science fiction writers, each of whom contributed stories about the flight’s temporally dislocated passengers to an anthology called Seat 14C. Now you can read the book for free online, and I guarantee you’ll be engrossed.

You’ll find original stories by Hugh Howey, Nancy Kress, Chen Qiufan, Bruce Sterling, Charles Yu, Charlie Jane Anders, Margaret Atwood, Madeline Ashby, Gregory Benford, Daniel Wilson, Eileen Gunn, and more. Each author interpreted the prompt in his or her own way, resulting in a fascinating selection of very different kinds of stories. Twenty-two incredible artists illustrated the stories, and we have a selection of their work in the gallery above. Some of these tales are about weird new technologies, some are about social changes, and others are about the tragedy of being marooned in an unknown future.

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