Futures and fiction from the makers of New Scientist.

We're incredible. The lot of of us. The species. We've been throwing the wildest party this planet has ever seen, and right now we're at our most prosperous, most peaceable, most affluent, most healthy.

True, our resources are dwindling, and our ...
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Arc 1.3: Afterparty Overdrive

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Futures and fiction from the makers of New Scientist.

We're incredible. The lot of of us. The species. We've been throwing the wildest party this planet has ever seen, and right now we're at our most prosperous, most peaceable, most affluent, most healthy.

True, our resources are dwindling, and our life-support systems are strained almost beyond repair. But not every party ends in tears, and the writers for this issue of Arc are determined to party past the current hangover.

Welcome, then, to Arc's afterparty: Neal Stephenson brings us to our feet; Broadway producer David Binder takes us to the new festival; Justin Pickard and Simon Ings find rough pleasure in the streets; Sumit Paul-Choudhury gets us onto the guest list for the singularity disco; and Christina Agapakis shows off her garden of biohacked delights.

And this issue's original fiction edges us even closer to the future. open-source celebrities run amok in Lavie Tidhar's Changing Faces; smash-and-grab shoppers run amock in Tim Maughan's Limited Edition. David Gullen's tale of second-place spacefarers, All Your Futures, wryly celebrates humanity's Outward Urge, while Nan Craig's Scrapmetal drops a cyborg killing machine into Port Talbot.

Each quarter, Arc explores the future through cutting-edge science fiction and forward-looking essays by some of the world’s most celebrated authors, alongside columns by thinkers and practitioners from the worlds of books, design, gaming, film and more.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015642629
  • Publisher: New Scientist
  • Publication date: 9/24/2012
  • Series: Arc Volume 1, #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,328,621
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

CHRISTINA AGAPAKIS is a synthetic biologist, educator and Scientific American blogger exploring the role of ecology, evolution and design in biological engineering.
SAMUEL ARBESMAN is a senior scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.
NAN CRAIG grew up in south Wales and now lives in London. She is working on her debut novel, Déja, about a woman whose memories predict the future.
DAVID GULLEN trained as a plant biologist and worked as a van driver, armourer, Kelly Girl, costumier and IT contractor. His first novel is out through Clarion Publishing early in 2013.
SIMON INGS edits Arc. His latest novel is Dead Water, set mostly among the tramp lines and pirate syndicates of the Indian Ocean.
TIM MAUGHAN is the author of Paintwork, a collection of three short stories dealing with art, celebrity and globalisation in a very near future.
SUMIT PAUL-CHOUDHURY edits New Scientist by day, acts as editor-in-chief of Arc by moonlight and wins mild acclaim for his fiction by night.
JUSTIN PICKARD is a writer, futurist, and an associate at London-based design company Superflux.
PAUL GRAHAM RAVEN is a research assistant specialising in infrastructural futures with the University of Sheffield’s Pennine Water Group. Neal Stephenson writes fiction about mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency and history of science.
LAVIE TIDHAR has been nominated for the BSFA, British Fantasy, Campbell, Sidewise, World Fantasy and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial awards. He is the author of Osama.
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