Time can be understood in terms of both scale and complexity. These essays highlight the tensions between past and potential futures, as well as what such non-linear and multiple timelines can tell us about the presents in which they were conceived.
Heightened senses, prolonged lives, augmented reasoning—these are stuff of dreams. The essays in this section consider the agents, resources, and machines we reach for in our attempts to be more than human.
Processes of speculation underwrite both fictional and non-fictional accounts of futures. These essays illustrate how fictional and non-fictional narratives mutually inform each other and shape what gets to count as reliable knowledge.
Will the human race be able to continue life—on earth or elsewhere? Anxieties about survival fuel efforts to harness science, technology and medicine, and give urgency to accounts of human and non-human futures.
Ghosts, aliens, light particles—all are forms of liveliness that expand conceptions of agency beyond questions of biological life. These essays address both the process of embodiment and also how the vibrancy of matter matters for unorthodox interpretations of action and causation.
Stories of communication and contact are hallmarks of science fiction as well as history of science. These essays explore how information, organisms, and other objects circulate and are transformed in the process. Germs, practices, and even language may infect subjects of encounter, creating as well as foreclosing relational possibilities.