Triple Canopy, Speculations (“The future is ______”)
“This book is meant as a finding aid,” Sarah Resnick writes in the introduction to Speculations (“The future is ______”), a brilliant arrangement of “speculations” on our social and political futures by 60 of our most alert minds. (The list of thinkers includes Kim Stanley Robinson, Astra Taylor, and Gopal Balakrishnan.) Drones, bioengineering, hedge funds, the limits of attention, the uses of art and literature — the range and quality of the writing makes the reader nervous with hope. A guide to the contradictions of the present, yes. And maybe a flash on art’s horizon.