Arc’s unique mix of fact, opinion and fiction explores the possibilities for a species that can’t seem to stop tinkering with itself. P D Smith explores the city as pleasure palace. Holly Gramazio and Kyle Munkittrick each explore the friction points between civics and play, while science fiction writer Gord Sellar wonders why arguably the most forward-looking nation on earth shows no interest in futurology.
Taking a longer view, Anne Galloway & Sumit Paul-Choudhury wonder whether we’ll ever be able to talk to the animals; Regina Peldszus suggests ways of surviving the tedium of deep space; and Sonja Vesterholt & Simon Ings trace Prometheus’s horrific aliens back to the utopian designs of long-forgotten Soviet filmmaker Pavel Klushantsev.
In this issue’s stories - Paul McAuley’s The Man is apparently less than human, but embodies qualities his human companions seem to have forgotten. T.D. Edge, creates a polysentient world defined entirely by relationships. Jeff VanderMeer stretches human limits far beyond the ordinary. And Nick Harkaway’s mordant comedy Attenuation skewers our love of novelty and transformation.