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Arc 1.4: Forever alone drone [Kindle Edition]

Frank Swain , Madeline Ashby , Jack Womack , Bruce Sterling , Liz Jensen , Robert Reed , Kim Stanley Robinson , Nancy Kress , Simon Ings , Sumit Paul-Choudhury
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Explore the technological wilderness across more than 160 pages of forward-thinking fact, fiction and opinion. Meet Smari McCarthy and the isolationists building a digital fortress in Iceland’s wilderness; heed the call of the wild with Kim Stanley Robinson and the ultraliters; and join Frank Swain as he trespasses his way across the once public spaces of our forbidden cities.

Urban paranoias and human possibilities throw off sparks in Forever Alone Drone’s bumper crop of stories. Jack Womack’s first short work in 17 years is set in his signature ultra-exploitative New York. Nancy Kress’s city feels more congenial, but proves no less forgiving of human folly. Robert Reed’s blasted and disfigured streets provide a bitterly ironic backdrop to a tale of the world’s salvation, while Liz Jensen’s nurse offers push-button closure to a city’s dying. Bruce Sterling builds a new urban experience out of mud and virtual reality, while new talent Romie Stott takes the anonymity of the singles bar pick-up to its logical, extreme, and surprisingly humane conclusion.

Also in Forever Alone Drone, American writer Madeline Ashby finds herself trapped inside a hostile America; Sumit Paul-Choudhury keeps to the shadows as he traces drone culture back to Voyager 2; and Simon Ings goes wandering Under Tomorrow’s Sky.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5659 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Reed Business Information Ltd.; 4 edition (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AKAQZT0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really interesting read 7 Jan. 2013
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This mag is something new. Its a mixture of factual and fiction with speculative articles. Well known and unknown authors write excellent short stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 9 Jan. 2013
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A great collection of though-provoking and entertaining essays & short stories on themes of future living. A magazine worth subscribing to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring Modernity 15 Jan. 2014
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I purchased Arc 1.4: Forever Alone Drone after I saw an advert for it in New Scientist. I was impressed by the quality and insightful nature of each piece, many of which led me to see an existing thing, idea, concept or futurist prediction that I was already aware of in a different way, providing an analysis or interpretation which I had never thought of before (and I often devote hours to thinking about the future, being 13 years old and thus likely to witness many futurist predictions in my lifetime). Many of them dealt with current trends, groups and projects which are closely related to technology or the future (e.g. drones, urbex (urban exploring), the creation of a digital fortress to preserve 'internet sovereignty'). Each piece, with a star rating out of 5 in brackets, follows:
- Showtime, Jon Turney (4) - an interesting look at futurism itself.
- Exchange, Robert Reed (5) - Alternate history which explores how, whilst still following Kurzweil curves, if the Cold War had gone differently, we might be following them in a very different way...
- #foreveralonedrone, Sumit Paul-Choudhury(5) - a particularly strong title piece, about drones - unsettling, immensely useful, good or bad, they are the future.
- Good To Go, Liz Jensen (4) - A very interesting story on mind access before death, based around the idea of dying happy but with a disturbing potential.
- Beyond The City Limits, Frank Swain (5) - Our city spaces are becoming ever more constricted, by cameras, razor wire, TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED signs. Is it any wonder, then, that there are a group of people who set out to explore the most forbidding bowels of the city?
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