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An exploration of potential tomorrows from the host of the massively popular and critically acclaimed podcast Flash Forward

Flash Forward: An Illustrated Guide to Possible (And Not So Possible) Tomorrows takes readers on a journey from speculative fiction to speculative “fact.” Producer and host of the podcast Flash Forward, Rose Eveleth poses provocative questions about our future, which are brought to life by 12 of the most imaginative comics and graphic artists at work, including Matt Lubchanksy, Sophie Goldstein, Ben Passmore, and Box Brown. Each artist chooses a subject close to their heart—Ignatz Award nominee Julia Gfrörer, for instance, will imagine a future in which robots make art—and presents their chosen future in their own style. Drawing on her interviews with experts in various fields of study, Eveleth will then report on what is complete fantasy and what is only just out of reach in insightful essays following the comics. This book introduces compelling visions of the future and vividly explores the human consequences of developing technologies. Flash Forward reveals how complicated, messy, incredible, frightening, and strange our future might be.


✨ TUESDAY April 27th Sophie Goldstein and I are talking about the Flash Forward book online in partnership with Magic City Books in Tulsa with contributors Blue Delliquanti and Amelia Onorato. (You don’t have to pre-register technically but it helps!) 

✨ THURSDAY April 29th Matt Lubchansky and I are talking about the book with contributors Maki Naro and Julia Gfrörer online with Astoria Bookshop. (You don’t have to pre-register technically but it helps!)

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Flash Forward has leapt from podcast to page, and it’s a brain-expanding joy to read. Packed with bizarre future scenarios that are often all too plausible, this book is a lesson in how to prepare for tomorrow by opening your mind. Funny, wise, and seriously weird, Flash Forward is a must-have for anyone who hopes to change the future.

— Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous and Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age

Flash Forward is an essential work of imagination and journalism, as only Rose Eveleth could have created. Eye-opening and thought-provoking, it’s a powerful reminder, at this crucial moment in time, that the future is still ours to envision, through neither naïve optimism nor cynical nihilism, but instead a respect for history and a commitment to justice.

— Ed Yong, award winning Atlantic journalist and author of I Contain Multitudes

“I’ve always been a fan of Rose Eveleth’s podcast, but this marriage of ideas, ethics and imagery is next level!  Every chapter is it’s own universe, and moving from one to the next is the best kind of visual and intellectual whiplash.  Flash Forward is the book we need right now, a lesson in how to imagine and then create a more just future.”

— Jad Abumrad, Creator & Cohost of Radiolab

Rose Eveleth and her dream team of comics collaborators have produced a kaleidoscope of science fiction that defied my expectations. Forget neat utopias or predictable dystopias; the scenarios in this book are knotty, subtle, surprising, and frequently hilarious. I loved visiting these futures.

Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and Sourdough