Bold exploration of our future utopias and dystopias through a science fiction lens.
'It is easier to imagine the end of the world,' the theorist Fredric Jameson has remarked, 'than to imagine the end of capitalism.'
Jacobin editor Peter Frase argues that technological advancements and environmental threats will inevitably push our society beyond capitalism, and Four Futures imagines just how this might look. Extrapolating possible futures from current changes the world is now experience, and drawing upon speculative fictions to illustrate how these futures might look, Four Futures examines communism, rentism, socialism and exterminism-or in other words, the socialisms we may reach if a resurgent Left is successful, and the barbarisms we may be consigned to if those movements fail.
About the Author
PETER FRASE is an editor at Jacobin magazine, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and has written for In These Times and Al Jazeera. He lives in New York City.
An engaging thought experiment on the intersection of technology and the environment. Indeed, as we ponder the interplay between digital abundance and physical scarcity, the digital industrialist solutions of most thinkers in this space pale in comparison to Frase s more open-minded, less deterministic understanding of the future unfolding before us. Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed and Present Shock
A remarkably clear-eyed view of the futures we re facing, bringing humor and intelligence to the lab of speculative fiction to create four smart and sharply lit early warning signals. Warren Ellis, author of Gun Machine and Transmetropolitan
Are the robots eating our jobs? Will technology set us free? These questions aren t new, but Frase s approach to answering them is refreshingly inventive. Four Futures is a thought-provoking work of political speculation. This incisive little book offers the vital reminder that nothing is set in stone or silicon and that in order to fight for a better world we first need to be able to imagine it. Astra Taylor, author of The People s Platform"