"Rather than predict the future, we thought we'd bring you there."
"Predicting what the world is going to be like in 25 years has a lot more to do with science fiction than science. So we figured, who better to help us visualize this special, flip issue of the future than Bruce Sterling? He wrote such classic novels as Heavy Weather and Islands in the Net, as well as the recently published Zeitgeist. Sterling is one of the founding fathers of the cyberpunk movement, a literary trend that reinvigorated science-fiction writing in the mid- 1980s.
Our idea for this special section was simple: instead of collecting the usual essays from futurists about how life will be 25 years from now, we wanted to take our readers there, as if it really were January 2026."
Go to the 2026 year issue of Time Digital