With articles and travelogues, short stories and speculations, Arc’s publications address the future, prepare for it, and even dare to predict it.
This is going to be quite a ride. We don’t know where we’re going, and we don’t know how we’ll get there. There are no maps, the brakes don’t work, the driver’s blind and the doors have no handles. No matter how detailed our plans, they will always be confounded. No matter what we expect, we will always be wrong. The future holds all the jokers. The future always wins.
On the other hand, we have plenty of fuel: our visions, ideas, dreams and speculations come from the very best in the business. Godfather of cyberpunk-turned-design guru Bruce Sterling turns the futurology business inside out, Paul Graham Raven performs ghost-dances with the collapsonomics crowd, Simon Ings chases the devil through the global shipping container system, and Sumit Paul-Choudhury embraces a world (almost) without consequences. Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter set a high bar for Arc’s fiction - one ably cleared by Margaret Atwood and Hannu Rajaniemi; then the incorrigible M. John Harrison, steals the bar and makes some sort of nest with it.
Also in The future always wins: Adam Roberts finds the stillness at the centre of science fiction’s storm; Simon Pummell curates a new kind of dreamtime; and Leigh Alexander applauds as her favourite games take to the Cloud.
EDITORIAL: Welcome to the future
Simon Ings and Sumit Paul-Choudhury
FORWARD: The object of posterity’s scorn (+)
SHORT STORY: A Journey to Amasia (+)
UNRELIABLE NARRATOR: Alien Evasion (+)
SHORT STORY: Bearlift (+)
PRESENT TENSE: Breaking the fall (+)
Paul Graham Raven
SHORT STORY: In Autotelia (+)
M. John Harrison
UNEVENLY DISTRIBUTED: Sir John Schorne’s Devil (+)
PRIOR ART: What hpapnes fi it atclluy wroks?
SHORT STORY: Topsight (+)
THE TOMORROW PROJECT: Making The Future
TEXTS: Three Surprising Theories About Science Fiction (+)
GAMES: Three Ways To Play The Future (+)
SPACES: Three Sorties On Dreamland (+)
SHORT STORY: The Water Thief (+)