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Arc 1.1: The Future Always Wins [Kindle Edition]

Paul Graham Raven , China Miéville , Alastair Reynolds , Hannu Rajaniemi , M.John Harrison , Stephen Baxter , Margaret Atwood , Sumit Paul-Choudhury , Simon Ings , Bruce Sterling
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Book Description

Arc, a new publication from the makers of New Scientist, 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.

In this issue:

THE OBJECT OF POSTERITY'S SCORN, by Bruce Sterling
Visionaries, prophets and seers are common to all mankind. But only societies with science can breed futurists.

A JOURNEY TO AMASIA, by Stephen Baxter
"A plausible memory flow. They had made versions of her live and die over and over, until they were happy with the simulation."

ALIEN EVASION, by China Miéville
"The octopus understands that the point of invisibility is to fail. A just-glimpsed beast-shaped burr - now that catches the breath."

BEARLIFT, by Margaret Atwood
"Mountains are very large and high rocks. No, those are not mountains, those are buildings, way over there..."

BREAKING THE FALL, by Paul Graham Raven
A new breed of survivalist is preparing for the imminent collapse of Western civilisation.

IN AUTOTELIA, by M. John Harrison
"By the time we reach the main square, most of us are, if not exactly marching, then shambling in time to the music."

SIR JOHN SCHORNE'S DEVIL, by Simon Ings
The shipping container has ushered in a more ordered world - but at what cost?

WHAT HPAPNES FI IT ATCLLUY WROKS? by Sumit Paul-Choudhury
In Shane Carruth's time-travel film Primer, throwing out cause and effect still has consequences.

TOPSIGHT, by Hannu Rajaniemi
"The night before Kuovi was supoposed to fly home, the four of them went to bring back Bibi's soul."

MAKING THE FUTURE, by Justin Mullins
When one of the world's biggest technology firms wants to know what to build next, it turns to science fiction.

THREE SURPRISING THEORIES ABOUT SCIENCE FICTION, by Adam Roberts

THREE WAYS TO PLAY THE FUTURE, by Leigh Alexander

THREE SORTIES ON DREAMLAND, by Simon Pummell

THE WATER THIEF, by Alastair Reynolds
"The boy wants my eye again. I'm not sure why he covets it so badly."


Product Details

  • File Size: 605 KB
  • Print Length: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Reed Business Information Ltd.; 1 edition (February 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079X5E2U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Engaging Science/Sci-fi magazine May 8, 2012
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More than a speculative magazine, Arc explores the very process of how we imagine our sciences and our futures. The magazine shies just clear of completely relativizing science and science fiction--and succeeds in producing a truly engaging, and often tongue-in-check, kind of creativity that I find incredibly thought provoking. This magazine deals with fact, fiction, and the worlds between where we do most of our thinking (and probably living, too). Surprising, engaging, and exciting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe. October 30, 2012
By Timbo
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I'm not sure what I was expecting. I enjoyed most of the short stories, could not understand the need for moody black and white photography ( on my kindle ) within the articles, and found said articles worthy but dull. However, I might just subscribe, because it must get better, that's if the future is even going to be a contender.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun there collection of stories and ideas March 29, 2013
By Lars
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Short stories, and /or discussions of what might come.
Several are real good, some are not so. But nonetheless something that leaves you to think about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag May 8, 2014
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Some great stories interposed with those aimed at different interest groups. The first Arc has not lured me into a subscription. Too many books, too little time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars August 13, 2014
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Really good and original material
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