July 30th, 2008


Engineers' Dreams by George Dyson

How does one come to a new understanding? A standard essay or paper makes a discursive argument, decorated with analogies, to persuade the reader to arrive at the new insight. The same thing can be accomplished — perhaps more agreeably, perhaps more persuasively — with a piece of fiction that shows what would drive a character to come to the new understanding. Tell us a story!

This George Dyson gem couldn't find a publisher in a fiction venue because it's too technical, and technical publications (including Wired) won't run it because it's fiction. Shame on them. Edge to the rescue.