An Aura of Familiarity: Visions from the Coming Age of Networked Matter.
The Institute for the Future
commissioned six science fiction writers to create short stories for their Age of Networked Matter
research project. "We asked our collaborators to envision a world where humans have unprecedented control of matter at all scales, and to share with us a glimpse of daily life in that world. It was a process meant to make the future tangible."
Three of the stories have appeared so far. [more inside]
In this time of corrupt politics, police brutality, media dereliction, and increasingly vicious culture wars, there's perhaps no graphic novel more relevant today than the brilliant and blackly funny Transmetropolitan
Created by Warren Ellis back in 1997 and inspired by prescient sci fi novel Bug Jack Barron
, the series covers the work of gonzo journalist
, vulgar misanthrope, and all-around magnificent bastard Spider Jerusalem
in a sprawling futuristic vision of New York
so chaotically advanced that humans splice genes with alien refugees, matter decompilers are as common as microwaves, and a new religion is invented every hour.
As a callous Nixonian thug nicknamed The Beast
prepares for his re-election to the presidency, a primary battle heats up between a virulent racist and a charismatic senator whose rictus grin
masks some disturbing realities. When Jerusalem delves into the machinations of the race
, he breaks into a web of conspiracies that threaten the future of the country -- a problem only he, his "filthy assistants,"
and the power of intrepid journalism
More: Read the first issue
) - browse images
from the new artbook
- Tor's read-along blog
) - Jerusalem's touching report on cryogenic "Revivals"
- dozens of original sketches
and sample pages
, the Warren Ellis forum, remodels Superman #1
, 2000AD Prog 1
, Amazing Adult Fantasy #15
, Young Romance #1
, Zap Comix #1
, Wonder Woman #1
and New Worlds #223
. More remodel fun
. Note that the good stuff tends to be towards the middle of a thread, where the artists have had time to get going and before things tail off.
Warren Ellis on the grim future of science fiction magazines
. Some of the previous posts
he mentions, and response
to one from Cory Doctorow (unsuprising short summary: Blogs!). Jason Stoddard on 5 small things
and 5 big things
Science Fiction can do to improve its image.