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100 writers - including Neal Asher, Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Benford, Tobias Buckell, Brenda Cooper, Kathryn Cramer, David Langford, Tanith Lee, Ken Liu, Nick Mamatas, Norman Spinrad, Ian Stewart, Rachel Swirsky, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Ian Watson - offer their take on what the future will look like in Nature Futures 2, an anthology of sci-fi short stories from the award-winning Futures column in the science journal Nature.
About the author
Colin Sullivan and Henry Gee
Henry Gee was born in 1962 and received his education at the Universities of Leeds and Cambridge. He joined the staff of Nature in 1987 as a news reporter on what is now arguably the longest three-month contract in the annals of that august magazine. Among many other things he devised the Futures section in Nature in 1999 and oversaw the first Futures anthology in 2008 before handing over the reins to the present editor, Colin Sullivan, in 2012. Under his watch, Futures gained Nature the award of best SF publisher from the European Science Fiction Society in 2005. Outside Nature, he is the author of several books of non-fiction, the latest of which is The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution; several short stories; a widely acclaimed hard-SF trilogy (The Sigil); a gothic novel with detectives in it (By The Sea) and a work of criticism (The Science of Middle-earth). His blog 'The End Of The Pier Show' continues to delight its three regular readers. Aside from writing, his recreations include beachcombing, playing hard rock organ, supporting Norwich City FC and falling asleep. He lives in Cromer, Norfolk, England, with his family and numerous pets. Colin Sullivan split his time between King's College London and the London School of Economics when he studied chemistry and the philosophy of science. Having spent a number of years working for the Society of Chemical Industry on its magazine Chemistry & Industry, he joined Nature in 2000 as Chief Subeditor. It was in that capacity that he first got introduced to Futures, for which he did production duties under Henry Gee from 2005 until taking over the reins in 2012. When not wrestling with the placement of hyphens, he has a tendency to stare at Roman ruins - especially those of Pompeii and Herculaneum - and to pore over genealogical records (and yes, he did find the obilgatory tenuous connection to nobility). He lives just outside north London in a town that lays claim to once being the British Hollywood.