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— by Ian Steadman: “Cyberpunk” has been the go-to imagery of the future for a startlingly long time—Bruce Bethke’s short story which became the namesake of the genre is 35 years old, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was released in 1982. We need some newer words for what’s coming next.

So I punted a question out on Twitter, asking the fans, authors and futurists I know to share what they saw going on in speculative writing around the world and (often) outside the Anglosphere. These visions are, ultimately, reflections of where people believe the world is headed now, and cyberpunk is not the only vision the world has to offer—indeed, it was never the only one.

Which microgenres are bubbling up, and which trends and themes best describe how creators are imagining the future? Here are nine suggestions…

June 8, 2019