Many of Steven Millhauser's best stories are wonders of historical futurism. He is interested in the road not taken, in what might have been, whether it's a frighteningly interactive form of painting ("A Precursor of the Cinema") or a bodysuit that simulates any tactile experience ("The Wizard of West Orange"). If you like steampunk or sci-fi, if you like Christopher Nolan or Rian Johnson--really, if you like PopSci--you owe it to yourself to check out Millhauser.
By Martha Harbison
Posted 06.06.2012 at 1:44 pm 3 Comments
Web editor Paul Adams ruined my morning by walking over to my desk to inform me that Ray Bradbury had died at age 91. The news was unpleasant, but I appreciated the face-to-face exchange rather than getting an email. Bradbury, a writer oft-gripped by the talons of nostalgia who disliked modern technology such as computers, deserved a meatspace delivery of the news of his demise.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.