Release Date: 28/10/13
Publisher: NewCon Press
With the impending crises of climate change, scarcity of water, dwindling energy reserves and spiraling global populations, the effective management of our land and the food it produces has never been more relevant. Established in 1938 by a small group of far-seeing and enthusiastic engineers and agriculturalists, the Institution of Agricultural Engineers provides a professional nexus for the scientists, technologists, engineers, and managers working in the many and varied forms of land-based industry. In 2013, to mark their 75th anniversary, the IAgrE have commissioned a book that looks forward at what the future might hold. To help them achieve this, they approached NewCon Press. Looking Landwards attracted submissions from within the UK, from the USA, Australia, mainland Europe, Africa, and Asia; from professional writers and would-be writers, from scientists and engineers who are actively involved in dealing with the book's themes to people who have simply been inspired by them. Looking Landwards features the very best of these stories. Twenty-three works of science fiction and speculation that dare to look to the future and examine what lies ahead for farming, for agricultural engineering and for all of us.
I love short stories and in a world where people have a hard time making ends meet, it’s a great way when you get the chance for a compendium to try new authors that you may not have had the readies to spare for previously. Here within this wonderfully creative book by Ian, is a whole set of tales from a whole range of talent within the industry.
Its got some cracking stories within from top notch authors like Jetse De Vries, Adrian Tchaikovsky and also Kim Lakin-Smith but also allowed me to try authors that are new to me such as Storm Constantine, Den Patrick (who whilst I’ve read his Fighting Manuals I haven’t read his fiction) as well as new author Jonnie Bryant who all presented stories that were great to not only dip into during journey time but left the reader asking questions. All round a cracking book and one that I had a lot of fun reading. Great stuff.