The current pandemic has undoubtedly been entirely the fault of humans, and for more reasons than one: First, our increasing encroachment into wildlife habitats brought us into contact with new viruses. Second, the disruption of ecosystems through climate change and the ecological apocalypse shifted the dynamics between viruses and hosts. And last, but not least, … Continue reading Progress Report: the global search for the Anti-Greed Vaccine
A Tale of Two Economies By now, some of us have began to realise that our economic system is responsible for the totality of the mess our planet is in: natural destruction, accelerating mass extinction, exploitation and inequality, and deterioration of physical and mental health. In fact, all of the above are necessary ingredients of … Continue reading The only way to reform Capitalism is to Kill it.
Our memory originally evolved as a survival tool. In its most biological definition, you may say that our memory has merely been there to help us learn from our past, so that we can recognize danger and avoid it in the future. Almost all species have some level of memory installed, for this purpose. But at … Continue reading About my new book, Photographic Heart
It was the century when Earth’s systems got a complete makeover. And the planet got an expiration date. It is a word that is still not recognised by the spelling thesaurus. Yet we have been living in the Anthropocene for many decades now: the geologic time period, according to the textbooks, when the planet is … Continue reading Media, Money, Machine: Tales of the Anthropocene System
Imagine if the world economy had suddenly fallen appart. Container ships would pile up at ports like driftwood in a clogged river. Factories would shut down in China and people would be sent home to watch cat videos on TikTok. Supermarkets would struggle to fill up shelves with items because moving food around the globe … Continue reading What Would A Total Collapse Look Like?
continued from previous With the grid still down, John’s wall mural was casting its own shadows, ripples and tropical storms around the candle-lit living room. He got up decisively from the only seat that he owned and took the plastic aquamarine bucket into the bathroom. Placing it under the bathtub faucet, he listened to the … Continue reading A New Earth – How do you end a book?
continued from previous Jason hanged his head between his hands in desperation. He was rubbing his eyes and face, exhausted from 11 consecutive hours of staring into the same screen. Every climate model that the AI platform had been exploring had failed to predict what the planet was going to do next. The data tools … Continue reading A New Earth – Connected (2)
continued from previous “We need to register as many blood sample volunteers as we can before the grid comes back up” John said, holding a clipboard with a sheet where the first 5 lines were already filled up. Olivia nodded back, adding “We don’t even know if the phenomenon is related to the Apocalypse Locus. … Continue reading A New Earth – Connected
continued from previous As the grid began to shut down across the city, Aspen felt a strange, unexplained calmness. It was the kind of calmness that one feels when two people in front of them suddenly stop shouting at each other: the silence becomes a magnifying glass for even the slightest noise, as the chaos … Continue reading A New Earth – The Waken
continued from previous David felt a passing chill of loneliness choke him as he looked down from the dizzying heights of his balcony, and into the darkening concrete abyss where the jasmine flower had disappeared. On the 43rd floor, you have stopped counting floors long ago. You’re trapped: far enough from the ground to feel … Continue reading A New Earth – The Abyss
continued from previous David could hear the deep fakes malfunction out on the square. The big screen where The Line was normally broadcasting the news was increasingly suffering more and more frequent episodes of some type of digital seizure: large areas of the image freezing up into pixelated squares, often turning into static, sometimes the … Continue reading A New Earth – Tower of Babel
continued from previous But The System was much stronger. It had a firm chokehold on society. In fact, society and The System had evolved together, like two parasites codependently toxic to each other. While The Children may have finally found a way to connect with each other in this endless dark maze of poison ivy, … Continue reading A New Earth – Die a Stupid Death
continued from previous Aspen had skipped Aberash’s sermon. She was all the way down at the other end of the beach by herself, in a similar lagoon, surrounded by the same glow. Holding her arms out, she placed them gently on the surface of the water, palms down. The plankton began swimming towards her hands. … Continue reading A New Earth – The Children
continued from previous It was already way past sunset down at the beach, and the rocks were beginning to merge with the bushes into one big dark blob against the cold, white sand. Aberash summoned the diverse group of Minimalists, Buddhists, Refugees, Earth Pagans and Techno-Hippies over the rocks and into the small lagoon that … Continue reading A New Earth – Prayer