Thrilling Wonder Stories, an event organised by Liam Young [Tomorrows Thoughts Today], Geoff Manaugh [BldgBlog] and in association with the Architectural Association took place in both New York and London on October 28th.
I haven’t gotten a chance to sit down and watch all of the videos but the ‘Monsters of Rock’ final panel with Julian Bleecker, Kevin Slavin and Bruce Sterling is especially worth a watch (skip to 1/2 in the video) where they discuss ‘stories without authors’, radioactive horse sausage, luggage wheels and everything in between.
We have always regaled ourselves with speculative stories of a day yet to come. In these polemic visions we furnish the fictional spaces of tomorrow with objects and ideas that at the same time chronicle the contradictions, inconsistencies, flaws and frailties of the everyday. Slipping suggestively between the real and the imagined these narratives offer a distanced view from which to survey the consequences of various social, environmental and technological scenarios.
Wonder Stories chronicles such tales in a sci fi storytelling jam with musical interludes, live demonstrations and illustrious speakers from the fields of science, art and technology presenting their visions of the near future. Join our ensemble of mad scientists, literary astronauts, design mystics, graphic cowboys, mavericks, visionaries and luminaries for an evening of wondrous possibilities and dark cautionary tales.