We may or may not find an extraterrestrial civilization in your lifetime — but that doesn't mean we won't encounter a different sort of consciousness. Robots could soon be the strangers in our midst, and science fiction has prepared us. What's the best story for understanding how robots might think?
When you're well-defended, there is time to put aside the sword and blaster for the pleasures of agrarian life. That is how the tiered Cold Fort, built from a bio-tower at the center of a forbidding ring of waterfalls, became the green city of Mist. Its fruits and shaded walkways were as legendary as its warriors.