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Beta-Life
Beta-Life

Beta-Life

Short Stories from an A-Life Future

Edited by Prof. Martyn Amos, Edited by Ra Page

FICTION

224 Pages, 5 x 7.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.00)

Publication Date: September 2014

ISBN 9781905583652

Rights: US & CA

Comma Press (Sep 2014)

Price: $16.95
 
 

Overview

Computers are changing. Soon, the days of silicon-based logic-gate computing will seem like a quaint and distant memory from a charmingly clunky past. Likewise, robots—once designed by mere mortals—will be soon be devised solely by the ultimate designing agency, evolution (with the help of computer modeling of natural selection). Meanwhile, A-Life (artificial life) and mathematical biomimicry—algorithm-based virtual models that map the collective intelligence of nature onto manmade systems—will become as big as genetics is right now. What this future will look like, exactly, is beyond even the scientists. But this book attempts to start the process of imagining it, by pairing researchers at the cutting edge of A-Life and Unconventional Computing with some of the most exciting writers working in English.

Author Biography

Prof. Martyn Amos was awarded the world's first PhD in DNA computing; he is currently a senior lecturer in computing and mathematics at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Ra Page is the editor of The City Life Book of Manchester Short Stories and the founder and managing editor of Comma Press. He has edited several anthologies published by Comma, including Lemistry: A Celebration of the Work of Stanislaw Lem and Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science. He has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman, and the Times, and was the recipient of a Jerwood Foundation Bursary. Between 2000 - 2003 he was deputy editor of City Life and a director of the Manchester Poetry Festival.