In our world today there are monumental and exponential changes occurring. These changes are happening not just in the local, international, and global arenas, but even within ourselves. Looking at ourselves, our governments, our societies, humanity, and the world in general, many questions and concerns may come to mind. Let us explore these, and discuss our responsibilities and the necessary actions that will help guide us into our future. It is important to look beyond isolationism or globalization. There are many different contributing factors to our immediate surroundings, the cultures we live in, and the changing situations that all humanity shares. And there are also many different forms of cause and effect at work. We must examine all of humanity, from the various cultures and subcultures that exist to our individual selves. The purpose of this book is to have you ask a variety of engaging questions, both of yourself and about the world around you. I want to help you explore these deep questions so you can find answers that will ultimately help you survive the intense upheavals of today.
After publishing his bestselling novel The Transhumanist Wager in 2013, Zoltan Istvan began frequently writing essays about the future. A former journalist with National Geographic, Istvan’s essays spanned topics from the Singularity to cyborgism to radical longevity to futurist philosophy. He also wrote about politics as he made a surprisingly popular run for the US Presidency in 2016, touring the country aboard his coffin-shaped Immortality Bus, which The New York Times Magazine called “The great sarcophagus of the American highway…a metaphor of life itself.” Zoltan’s provocative campaign and radical tech-themed articles garnered him the title of the “Science Candidate” by his supporters. Many of his writings—published in Vice, Slate, Quartz, The Guardian, Gizmodo, TechCruch, Psychology Today, Salon, New Scientist, Business Insider, The Daily Dot, Maven, Cato Institute, The Daily Caller, Metro, International Business Times, Wired UK, The San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, and The New York Times—went viral on the internet, garnishing millions of reads and tens of thousands of comments. His articles—often seen as controversial, provocative, and secular—elevated him to worldwide recognition as one of the de facto leaders of the burgeoning transhumanism movement. Here are many of those watershed essays again, organized, edited, and occasionally readapted by the author in this comprehensive nonfiction work, The Theistcideist: A Transhumanist Explores Religion, Spiritualism, and Atheism—part of a forthcoming box set book collection of his work focusing on futurism, secularism, life extension, politics, philosophy, transhumanism and his early writings. Also included is one of Zoltan’s new essays, never published before. Enjoy reading about the future according to Zoltan Istvan.
? The Snake That Ate Its Own Tail – A Short Story From Dystopity ?
In the year 3220, a ruthless multi-global holding company called the Syndicate rules the known worlds through a series of proxy corporations. On the lush green planet of Tremaine, a group of corporate mercenaries have kidnapped the lovely princess Diahsees in an attempt to finally force their king into submission, allowing the Syndicate to finish taking control over every aspect of Tremanian life in total domination of the planet.
Micah Jovich, a veteran mercenary and brilliant computer scientist and programmer takes charge of the Transition, an interstellar battleship with the help of his trusty android and protector Debian. Micah and Debian along with the help of Diahsees give it their all to deliver the final finishing blow to the Syndicate and wrestle back independent control of Tremaine’s little corner of the quadrant. As if anything were ever that easy, the ruthless chief occupation officer of the Syndicate, Trilian Six, expertly captures Micah sending all their plans into a tailspin.
Debian and Diahsees are placed in a difficult situation and forced to use every single trick in the book to save Micah his creator and restore freedom to the citizens of Tremaine. The entire future of the galaxy rests in their hands as they desperately try to save Micah and restore balance to the quadrant.
About the Author
Adric Laser (born March 07, 1983) is an American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist, and columnist. He writes in several genres but is known best for his literary contributions in the science fiction genre. His full length novel Dystopity – The One-Eyed Man (2020) and the shorts associated with the series A Rebel Was Born (2020), The Snake That Ate Its Own Tail (2020) and Redrum on Reba (2020) made the franchise a huge success.
Laser was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Seattle Washington. Laser’s works have been influenced by classic literature, popular fantasy, and science fiction; he often uses tropes from genre fiction. His background working in the entertainment industry gave him a strong character-focused approach, which many say contributed to the realism in his published works. His fiction often features characters that are highly skilled while at the same time coming from very troubled backgrounds and are forced to make difficult choices, often with odds that affect the lives of many.
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Laser’s experience as a teacher of English and History to secondary students in Southeast Asia gave him a profound opportunity to better understand the motivations of a more youthful generation. As such, this is why his writing is so appealing to younger generations. He has written three books on creative writing and is a prominent member of the Furry Writers Guild, a group dedicated to promoting quality writing in anthropomorphic fiction and informing, elevating and supporting its creators.
He’d been to Mars, but who hadn’t? He’d also been to the orbital stations around Jupiter, and once, even to distant Neptune. But as he lay dying, he couldn’t help but think that perhaps there was more to life. Had he really achieved everything he had wanted to? Had his life been worthwhile?
With just 15 minutes to live, he recaps some of his life’s adventures, and realizes that perhaps there are things he missed out on along the way.
A short story set in the 22nd Century, about life and death and making sure that we have no regrets when it comes to the end.
Time is a fickle thing. Is the future as fixed as the past?
Cassie and Helen are twins spawned from a bolt of lightning that struck their mother while she was pregnant, as if from Zeus himself, or so their mother told them.
Like millions of other twin’s they share a special bond.
However, their bond is unlike any other, for Cassie remembers the future while Helen experiences the present. A fact the girls and their mother have kept secret from the world.
As Cassie and Helen head off to college their lives are about to be irrevocably changed forever.
Britain one hundred and twenty years from now, where society is divided into two groups: The Birchpeople, who are largely uneducated workers, and the Larchpeople, who run the country.
Angered by the Larchpeople’s repression of his people, Marcus Langan, a Birchman, heads a rebel army. Afraid of his power, the Government sends Maxine Dowling, from the Larch Enclave, to spy on him. Loathing then turns to love, simultaneous with peace turning to bloody revolution.
In the aftermath, Marcus faces the betrayal of his own kind, as well as the revelation of a secret which Maxine had tried to keep from him.
In a utopian future, these adolescents are the stars of the show. They just don’t know it.
Dane is a cautious, yet curious boy. He has been transferred from the playground to The Hall, where music is the only focus. He soon learns to appreciate the art and master the instruments.
Roc has been put in The Arena. Being extremely energetic and highly competitive, he’s perfectly suited for the sports room. But, as a 10-year old competing with boys and girls several years his senior, he has to adapt to his new environment very quickly.
Lia always knew she didn’t fit in with the smaller children in the playground. In The Park she has found comfort in the group of like-minded misfits. Her days are filled with skateboarding and flow riding. But a traumatic incident in The Park alters the lives of the entire group for years to come.
In the beginning Hale found The Level acceptable. Playing video games kept her occupied, and there seemed to be an endless pool of entertainment. But after a while she wanted more. Constantly failing to engage the group members in activities or conversations related to anything other than video games, she falls into a depression difficult to snap out of.
Britt’s time in The Park had come to an end. She was transferred to The Lounge, where young adults from the adolescent scenes come together to party. Sexuality all of a sudden comes into focus, and Britt is struggling with hers. It’s a different game, where not everyone is your friend.
Ana finds all of it very fascinating, and she has a different perspective of things. Very different. She’ll end up risking her future to save them all.
Are their lives interconnected somehow? And who can answer the question they all have on their mind ‘What happens when we disappear?’
The young privileged son Carter Sanders, who grew up on the human colony Utopia Beta, is drafted for military service. Together with new comrades, he learns to be a soldier in the following two years.
In the military base Osilon he learns close combat, the handling of weapons, new technologies and strategic basics.
Utopia is a militarily organized and corporate planet at war with another species. Between huge skyscrapers, muddy mines and the slums of the lower cities, the reality is completely different from what Carter knows.
During his training, he has to deal with hostilities, friendship, and love and learns more about himself. Mean instructors, difficult lessons, dangerous training missions, and an unexpected battle turn the thoughtful young man into a deadly fighter whose name becomes a legend even before his training ends.
This is the first book of the Omni Legends EN series.
As the old world burned, the elite departed to colonise space in search of a new home. Most of the human species perished on earth’s surface, but a protected few remained. Many generations passed without question, but now suspicions are starting to rise. Follow the story of Maz and her best friend Hap, as a chance encounter with a stranger lures them into a mission to decide the future of humankind.