Flash forward : an illustrated guide to possible (and not so possible) tomorrows

by Eveleth, Rose, 1987-

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An exploration of potential tomorrows from the host of the massively popular and critically acclaimed podcast Flash Forward

Flash Forward: An Illustrated Guide to Possible (And Not So Possible) Tomorrows takes readers on a journey from speculative fiction to speculative "fact." Producer and host of the podcast Flash Forward , Rose Eveleth poses provocative questions about our future, which are brought to life by 12 of the most imaginative comics and graphic artists at work, including Matt Lubchanksy, Sophie Goldstein, Ben Passmore, and Box Brown. Each artist chooses a subject close to their heart--Ignatz Award nominee Julia Gfrörer, for instance, will imagine a future in which robots make art--and presents their chosen future in their own style. Drawing on her interviews with experts in various fields of study, Eveleth will then report on what is complete fantasy and what is only just out of reach in insightful essays following the comics. This book introduces compelling visions of the future and vividly explores the human consequences of developing technologies. Flash Forward reveals how complicated, messy, incredible, frightening, and strange our future might be.

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS INCLUDE: Matt Lubchansky, Sophie Goldstein, Zach Weinersmith, Box Brown, Maki Naro, John Jennings, Julia Gfrörer, Chris Jones, Blue Delliquanti, Amelia Onorato, Kate Sheridan, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Ziyed Ayoub, Ben Passmore

Welcome to Tomorrowville / Ben Passmore ; How smart should a city really be?
Portrait of the artist as an algorithm / Julia Gfrörer ; Can a computer make art?
Piraceuticals / John Jennings ; What if you had to turn to pirates for medicine?
Animal magnetism / Sophia Foster-Dimino ; How many rights do animals deserve?
Don't lie to me / Box Brown ; Do we really want to know when everybody is lying?
Moon court / Maki Naro ; How do you solve a crime in space?
Unreel / Chris Jones and Zach Weinersmith ; What if fake news wins?
Ghostbot / Kate Sheridan ; If you could live as a robot, would you?
Bye-bye binary Ziyed Y. Ayoub and Blue Deliquanti ; What if gender was more like hair color?
Under the sea / Amelia Onorato ; Can we live in and on the ocean?
Never lay me down to sleep / Matt Lubchanksy ; What happens when we conquer rest?
Popnonymous / Sophie Goldstein ; Will our future pop icons be avatars?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Flash Forward combines comics with essays--many based on the podcast of the same name--to discuss futures both plausible and impossible, spurring readers to imagine what may be and to act in ways that will help shape what will be. Themes for the depicted futures include worlds where fake news wins, where smart cities are incredibly accessible--and dangerous--and where life-saving-drug pirates hide out among trees that interfere with electricity. Each comic is followed by pages of text delving into the questions brought up by the possible future and providing sources for anyone who wants to delve deeper down a particular rabbit hole. This being a work of many artists, its style changes from story to story, but each contributor is well matched to their tale, whether focusing on a contrast between sterility and freedom, painting the harshness of barren dystopian landscapes, or indulging in absurd expressions or costumes to lighten the mood of a frightening idea. Those who delight in potentially awful what-if scenarios will find a lot to love and chew on."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Science fiction and philosophy entangle as Flash Forward podcaster Eveleth and a rotating cast of artists explore the ways technology could change humanity for the better, worse, or somewhere in between. A dozen thought-experiment scenarios are presented doubly as short illustrated fiction and followed by Eveleth's reflections on the ramifications of the imagined change. Some are recognizable what-if tropes, like "Never Lay Me Down to Sleep" by Matt Lubchansky, in which a drug allows people to function without rest. The Blade Runner--styled future-noir "Piraceuticals" by John Jennings imagines guerrilla biohackers stealing code from price-gouging Big Pharma in Robin Hood fashion. In Kate Sheridan's "Ghostbot," technology allows humans to (somewhat) live on after their death, which Eveleth frames generously: "The way we process death is both personal and cultural." As science fiction, the pieces are overly familiar, and more effective when embracing their positioning as talking points, such as in Sophia Foster-Dimino's "Animal Magnetism," which spins an absurd dialogue between animal rights extremists into a thoughtful debate on the morality of pet ownership. Eveleth's bright tone provides ample food for thought, and fellow futurists will appreciate this buffet of prognostications. Agent: Gary Morris, David Black Agency. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Future, The.
Future, The -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :2021
Other Titles Flash forward (Podcast)
Contributors Lubchansky, Matt, author, artist.
Goldstein, Sophie, author, artist.
Passmore, Ben, author, artist.
Gfrörer, Julia, author, artist.
Jennings, John, 1970- author, artist.
Foster-Dimino, Sophia, author, artist.
Brown, Box, author, artist.
Naro, Maki, 1981- author, artist.
Jones, Christopher, 1969- author, artist.
Weinersmith, Zach, 1982- author, artist.
Sheridan, Kate, author, artist.
Ayoub, Ziyed Y., author, artist.
Deliquanti, Blue, author, artist.
Onorato, Amelia, author, artist.
Language English
Notes Essays and comics.
Description 271 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 269-270).
ISBN 9781419745478
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