Issue 74: The Future
This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: ‘At the time, no one knew what was coming.’
– Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
General Submissions: January 16 – Feb 1
Contest: January 16 – March 15
In the future, we live in harmony with machines, or we battle machines, or there are no machines and we are extinct. In the future, we travel in flying cars, or through Hyperloops, or in private spaceships to Mars. The future is not what we expected, or it is, unfortunately, exactly what we expected.
“The future,” expressed in the singular, implies a shared future. But how might the future fracture across race, class, gender, and place? Tell us about our infinite futures.
The future implies a past. What did we do to deserve our future? Will we be ready?
People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn’t believe in that. Tomorrow wasn’t getting ready for them. It didn’t even know they were there.
― Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Do we want to be?
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
For Issue 74, we seek work that considers the future, that shows us what our future could be or might have been or was supposed to be.
Image source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/france-in-the-year-2000-1899-1910/