Edge Effects Imagines the Future
It’s 2020. The start of a new decade is a reason to look back at how we’ve looked forward and consider how contributors to Edge Effects have imagined the future. In the essays and conversations below, scholars and activists envision new ways of living together and acknowledge the past injustices that shape possible futures for life on this planet.
—Laura Perry, Managing Editor
Building a New Future
Whether modeling future forms of living or growing plants in space, these pieces explore the politics and practical realities of breaking new ground.
Biosphere 2: Why an Eccentric Ecological Experiment Still Matters 25 Years Later
Gardening in Outer Space: A Conversation with Simon Gilroy
Banking on Seeds for Our Future
What Does Quantum Computing Mean for Conservation?
Decolonizing Infrastructure in India and the US: A Conversation with Malini Ranganathan
Protecting Future Generations
Activists help us reject how things are done and imagine how the world might be otherwise. These interviews and essays give voice to these different futures and shed light on the histories of injustice.
We Are the Seventh Generation: A Conversation with Winona LaDuke
OK, Doomers! The Climate Generation Has Arrived
Food Justice Requires Land Justice: A Conversation with Savi Horne
Activism and Hope in Flint: Five Questions for Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Creating the Climate Voter: A Conversation with Tia Nelson
Imagining Other Futures
As someone once wrote, “write for the world you want, not the world you’ve got.” These pieces offer hope for better worlds and warnings about what’s to come.
Toxic Bodies and the Wetter, Better Future of “Mad Max: Fury Road”
A Pig Born a Commodity, Raised as a Friend in Neflix’s Okja
Indigenous Art as Creative Resistance: A Conversation with Dylan Miner
Imagining a Green New Deal Through Climate Fiction
The Best of End Times: A Conversation with Anna Tsing
Featured image: The Helix nebula, a planetary nebula similar to what the Sun will produce in 8 billion years. Image from Wikimedia Commons.