Summary of Contents

Rebecca Bligh 

In 72, a piece of stone-cold sober psychedelia, Ben Osborn relates events occurring during the Wow! Signal, second by second, from both a mortal and a divine point of view.

Viniita Neet Moran’s Collage shows us an arcane, windswept, mechanized, post-Romantic landscape whose putative authors seem recently to have left the scene.

Pete Inkpen’s poem Ab+Ante describes the development and intentional spread of an empathy virus, begun at the the lectern and interwoven with the trajectory of its scientist-maker’s career.

Marta Poznanski’s poem Another Stanza – Future Man is an address: at first, it seems, to the eponymous archetype; next, an acknowledgement of the new epistemes to and of which “Future Man” is the encephalous-vs-acephalous subject (i.e., they kept only the head); then , in reprise, a eulogic address made as if to one man.

We Are Living the Sci-fi of Yesterdayin an interview with LITF, Ed Fornieles holds forth on the relative distributions of futurity in LA and London; the future of internet interactions, the importance of touch, and the natures of futurity and truth.

In  Future People (Perhaps) Paul Kindersley tentatively predicts a post-sexual post-humanity.

In RPG, Jaakko Pallasvuo reflects with an acid-fuelled afternoon’s melancholia, on various(ly) mediated proximities and distances; predicting the further gamification of intimacies, entanglements of IRL and URL.

In Play G Ad Minoliti installs highly sexed and affectionate beings of post-binary genders in abstract and arcadian centrefold spaces of artifice.

Llew Watkins gives us the first installment of Hinterland Shift, an intensely REAL, intensely present piece of fiction. Earth, dew, kisses; a book, even, all these have a hyper-quiddity about them; and then we are made present to a familial gathering at which such strange things are happening – just which present real is this exactly?

Joey Holder channels ConTEXT:  a Delphic rumour of AI/growth. Plant, code, soft and wetware, and all of the feels, in conducive environs. Assistance required.

Can we hack ourselves? What about simulate ourselves? In his Plurality of Worlds in Late-Capitalism, Jack Brennan takes on the computational oracular via Giordano Bruno, Renés Decartes, Alan Turing, the Club of Rome, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1974 TV film World on a Wire (Welt Am Draht).