New Maps readers,
No snowshoeing to get this one to the post office, at least: the snow has receded, if only about a week ago. U.S. subscribers will be getting their copies of the spring New Maps within the next few days, and international subscribers a little bit later. If you aren’t subscribed, you can order your copy of the issue at our Order page.
The personal, the societal, and the global all collide in this issue’s stories, with views of the deindustrial future both sweeping and intimate. In a future England, the fight over precious tin shapes the destinies of nations and their leaders. On the Mediterranean, the tall ships sail again, but bring tricky new situations to traders in Beirut. Flash stories of common people tell of the meteoric rise of Joaquín I, Preziden of Texas — woven together with stories from the past two issues. A man low on hope struggles with a drug that promises pure happiness — but at what cost to him and his world? And the fragile balance at a home for cast-off people is threatened when conditions shift and an unexpected guest appears. This spring the Circuit Rider’s ride also comes to a finish, and columns for deindustrial tinkers and tailors round out a grand new issue.
The Letters section is quiet this season, no doubt thanks in part to the short span of time between the Winter issue and the deadline for responses to its letters. There are many interesting conversations still open from the Winter issue, however, and world events certainly haven’t been short of waypoints that mark the path to the deindustrial future — so I’m looking forward to a bustling Letters section this summer. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15.
And by the way
I mentioned a few months ago that an essay of mine along deindustrial themes was forthcoming in the Dark Mountain Project’s latest issue, Confluence. It wasn’t available yet then, but it’s out now. At the online launch I got to see a number of other great authors read some excellent pieces; if “uncivilized writing” sounds like your cup of chaga I fully recommend it.