” “…Adrian Hon conjures a detailed and arresting vision of a late 21st century world where technology has helped us advance so far it’s hard to say what it means any more to be human.” – Start the Week, BBC Radio 4
“What are the 100 objects that future historians will pick to define our 21st century? A javelin thrown by an ‘enhanced’ Paralympian, far further than any normal human? Virtual reality interrogation equipment used by police forces? The world’s most expensive glass of water, mined from the moons of Mars? Or desire modification drugs that fuel a brand new religion?
“A History of the Future in 100 Objects describes a hundred slices of the future of everything, spanning politics, technology, art, religion, and entertainment. Some of the objects are described by future historians; others through found materials, short stories, or dialogues. All come from a very real future.
“Imagine the Future
“If you were transported to 2063, you’d see such incredible objects and technology and cultural changes that you could scarcely imagine today — and you’d also see so much that would be familiar to you, from the clothes people wear to the stories they tell each other.
“But that’s not what happens in real life. Instead, we experience the passage of time second by second, and the shock of the new quickly fades into familiarity and indifference. It’s only by taking a snapshot in time and comparing it with the past that we can see quite how the world changes.
“That’s what this book does: it takes a hundred snapshots across a century, each one examining a single object from a single time in detail. Who made it, where it came from, what it means, and how it transforms the world.
“These are stories of a possible future, stories of life and death and love and war and science and faith and exploration and despair and hope. It’s about what it means to be human in a century where humanity has never mattered more. And, like all science fiction, it’s about the hopes and fears we have today.
“About the Author
“Adrian Hon is CEO at Six to Start, an award-winning games company responsible for the co-creation of “Zombies, Run!”, a running game and audio adventure used by over 600,000 people worldwide. Adrian was previously a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, Director of Play at Mind Candy where he was lead designer of Perplex City (an international alternate reality game treasure hunt), and technology writer for The Telegraph.
“He’s had work displayed at MOMA and the Design Museum; conducted research in a Mars simulation in the Utah desert; worked with Disney Imagineering, Death Cab for Cutie, the British Museum, the BBC, and The Economist; and spoken at the TED conference in Monterey, California.
“Follow Adrian on Twitter at @adrianhon and visit his website at http://mssv.net. For press and media enquiries, please email email@example.com.