Hieroglyph - Ed Finn, Kathryn Cramer. A collection of distinctively positive sci-fi stories authored by major sci-fi writers.
Better Worlds - The Verge. Animated sci-fi video stories focused on positive futures.
Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang. A beautifully written collection of surrealist, wonder-inducing sci-fi stories, especially the story “Understand”.
The Last Question - Isaac Asimov. A hopeful novella about solving the final problem we must face.
The Gentle Seduction - Marc Stiegler. On love and identity across time.
The Finale of the Ultra Multi Mega Crossover - Eliezer Yudkowsky. A rationalist sci-fi novel focusing on the very far-future.
The Foundation Series - Isaac Asimov. Asimov’s seven book-strong sci-fi collection.
Accelerando - Charles Stross. On post-singularitarian life shaped by AI and molecular nanotechnology.
The Culture Series - Ian Banks. A seven book-strong series. “The Player of Games” is especially good.
Eight Unusual Science Fiction Plots - Paul Christiano. Summarizes interesting sci-fi story devices.
Sci-fi Stories that Imagine a Future Africa - Nnedi Okorafor. One of Afrofuturism’s most popular authors discusses the genre.
The Great Mambo Chicken And The Transhuman Condition - Ed Regis. Early sci-fi book on artificial life, space engineering, and mind-uploading.