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Arc 1.1: The Future Always Wins

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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.

Arc 1.1: The Future Always Wins includes new fiction from Margaret Atwood, Stephen
Kindle Edition, 135 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by Reed Business Information Ltd
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M.G. Mason
I must say that it is a slick and professional production that you would expect to see from New Scientist.

It opens with a brief introduction to each of the contributors with summaries of their most memorable works and poses the question “what next?” to settle us in and give a hint of what to expect from their relevant pieces. Some are humorous, the responses are a mix of optimism, pessimism and humour that sets the tone for their individual work.

The first piece after the forward by Bruce Sterlin
Jamie Gaughran-Perez
About half the pieces were great, the rest were eh. But that's a high enough average for me to give the next issue a go.

The fiction was much better than the non-fiction. The former tended to be crisp and mature, the latter tended to feel like underfunded feature pieces or chapters that were edited out of a larger work.
Really cool publication, I'm definitely buying the rest. The non-fiction, such as China's teutheriffic tour of a squid lab, generally outshines the fiction, but you can tell from the contributors' names it's all top-flight material.
Andy Tischaefer
Collection, and I think the 3 stars pretty much cover most of the stuff in it. More comments some other time.
Tac Anderson
I love this quarterly. It is by far my favorite publication out there.
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