Slow Catastrophes, Uncertain Revivals

Edited by Michele Speitz and Joey Eschrich

This collection of research-based stories about the future is proudly published by Project Hieroglyph, founded by Neal Stephenson and headquartered at Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination.

The stories were created by students in “Slow Catastrophes, Speculative Futures, Science & Imagination: Rewriting and Rethinking Sustainability,” a course designed and taught by Dr. Michele Speitz at Furman University in South Carolina. The course and the stories were inspired by Project Hieroglyph, and particularly by our first anthology, Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (HarperCollins, 2014), which the students read and discussed throughout the course.

We hope that this volume serves as an invitation to educators everywhere: bring us your big ideas! We look forward to collaborating with you on bringing Hieroglyph, and the ideas and aspirations that power it, to learners from all walks of life.