A conversation about art that visualizes the future, creative expression in moments of crisis, and how art can be a path into fictional worlds.
An anthology of mind-bending science fiction short stories by some of the top authors in the field, drawn from our Future Tense Fiction project. How will living with scientific upheaval and technological transformation change the world–and us? Forthcoming in October from Unnamed Press >>
Our first collection of solar futures, The Weight of Light, puts comparative design at the heart of the solar project. What if we build big? What if we build small? What if we build solar in cities? What if we build solar in rural hinterlands? These and a host of other design variables (the full list includes scale, geography, aesthetics, abundance, ownership, governance, storage, supply chains, and waste) informed a tour of diverse futures in captivating stories by Cat Rambo, Corey S. Pressman, Andrew Dana Hudson, and Brenda Cooper, compelling artwork, and reflective essays by leading photovoltaics researchers from the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies Engineering Research Center and the School for the Future of Innovation and Society. Just how different might solar-powered futures be?
Named one of the top art books of 2019 by The New York Times Today, weather extremes brought about by climate change pose relentless cognitive and imaginative challenges. Beyond news media, what are the cultural registers of this phenomenon? How can artistic and literary engagements with […]
Why should we go to space? To learn more about the universe and our place in it? To extract resources and conduct commerce? To demonstrate national primacy and technological prowess? To live and thrive in radically different kinds of human communities? Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities takes on the challenge of imagining new stories at the intersection of public and private—narratives that use the economic and social history of exploration, as well as current technical and scientific research, to inform scenarios for the future of the “new space” era.
Edited by Megan Halpern, Joey Eschrich, and Jathan Sadowski Two hundred years after its publication, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus continues to speak to modern concerns about science, technology, and society. The story of Victor Frankenstein and his creature has become a cultural touchstone […]
What kinds of gripping confrontations and adventures might unfold in near space, above the clouds?