A machine that creates gourmet meals-on-the-go in exchange for credits is still just a vending machine.
In the 23rd century, humans live in a Paleoterrific utopia, reunited with old (cloned) friends like the mammoth. Panpsychism—a consciousness that pervades matter–is the new science. We’re about to learn what exactly that means.
Don Sakers is the author of the Scattered Worlds Mosaic series. He’s explored the thoughts of sapient trees, brought Carmen Miranda’s ghost to Space Station 3, and beaten the “Cold Equations” scenario. His book review column appears in Analog.