Nestled away in the second half of the Cyberpunk 2020 rulebook is a timeline of the future, starting in 1990 and spanning the following 30 years. Made up of a list of major events and developments, at its heart is the story of the collapse of the United States of America. Needing a way to throw the games’ players into a full-fledged dystopia in just three short decades, Pondsmith drew up an absolute worst-case scenario shit list of what could possibly go wrong. At the time, it felt both scarily plausible and a work of dystopian fantasy; looking back at it now, it feels not just eerily prescient but at times almost tame. Read more (One Zero)
Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it’s a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe.Lex Luthor, Superman 1978
The good news is that funding for such projects isn’t hard to come by. The bad news is that the predictions regarding sea level rise have only become more dire in recent years.