The Gentle Seduction

These stories by Marc Stiegler are about hope: hope that technology is not the destroyer of the human race, but will lead to a future we can hardly imagine. The transformation of humanity through nanotechnology has begun, and Marc Stiegler’s tales, most of which appeared in Analog Science Fiction Magazine, take us to a dangerous, wonder-filled future that may await us, ready or not. For Stiegler, technology is the “gentle seducer” that eases us from mere denizens of planet Earth to Masters of the Universe.

Cover Art by Corey Wolfe

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, July 1990

Printed in the United States of America

eISBN: 978-1-62579-349-2

Copyright 1990 by Marc Stiegler
"Too Loving a Touch" is copyright 1982.
"Petals of Rose" is copyright 1981.
"The Bully and the Crazy Boy" is copyright 1980.
"Evolution of Entropic Error" is copyright 1982.
"A Simple Case of Suicide" is copyright 1983.
"The Gentle Seduction" is copyright 1989.
"Hypermedia and the Singularity" is copyright 1989.

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

Electronic version by Baen Books