Posts Tagged: the future

Literature’s Future Is Interactive

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Tech evangelicals believe that static, non-visual storytelling like books must evolve and adapt to continue to attractive audiences in the future. Kill Screen takes a look at some of these new types of literary storytelling, like Madefire’s digital storytelling app that features animation technology, and Tapas Media, which builds games around chapters.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: 69 Love Songs

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Everywhere people are shoving things into the ground—time capsules not to be opened until the year 2100, the more optimistic postmarked for 3000—letters to the future in the language of the now. ...more

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Taking Comfort in Futurama

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I’m a comfort watcher... I retreat into the worlds I know well, with characters that are friends, with outcomes I already understand. ...more

Building a Better Bookstore

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The 21st century bookstore needs to adapt to new ways of doing business to stave off competition from the Internet. And simply getting customers into stores isn’t enough—keeping up requires adding new attractions like literary sommeliers and better in-store event spaces, concludes architect and designer Owain Roberts.

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Social Media Year, 2080

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In the spirit of Orwell, Saunders, and M.T. Anderson, see here for a glimpse at the future of social media: virtual reality dates, sensory augmentation, robots writing on humans in peer-reviewed journals.  

Sensory augmentations will make possible ever-deeper transports of desire, as we use technology to expand beyond our biological bodies, while machines increasingly anticipate all our needs.

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Looking Ahead

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The Awl has charted 2012 with far-reaching predictions that range from politics and media to cuisine. Check it out to discover which state will be sold to China, what bird will become America’s new superfood, and meet the “serial killer with a social media problem.”

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In the Art Rags

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Rollo Press is continuing the slowest book swap in the world.

The often-thrilling little outfit has been playing around lately with Linus Bill, a photographer who has taken to silkscreening because, he tells Interview, “Until I made those silkscreens, I was never satisfied with how my work looked as prints….With the silkscreens, you really work with color.

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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The books blogs always like to talk about the future, but this week was like some sort of official book blog crystal ball week, what with this new decade they tell me we’re in now and everything.

We’ve already linked to Richard Nash’s take on the next ten years, but the NBCC’s Critical Mass has lots of different perspectives.

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Science Fiction Predicts The Present

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“Science fiction writers don’t predict the future (except accidentally), but if they’re very good, they may manage to predict the present.

Mary Shelley wasn’t worried about reanimated corpses stalking Europe, but by casting a technological innovation in the starring role of Frankenstein, she was able to tap into present-day fears about technology overpowering its masters and the hubris of the inventor.

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