Winter 2024 Issue Available to Order (At Last)

March 11, 2024

New Maps readers,

It may not much feel like it, but it’s still winter today, and the Winter 2024 issue is now officially released. If you’re a subscriber, you may have already gotten your copy; if not, it’s on its way. If you’re not subscribed, you can get this issue by heading over to the order page.

What’s inside? This time around we have some stories of people who took the unconventional choice — because that’s what you have to do to successfully adapt in a time of upheaval. With the jetsetting for worldwide sports leagues infeasible, an unlikely man invents an unlikely alternative. A man who, in a changed economy, has lost his wife and is set to lose his home, considers a surprising offer for making ends meet. As heat pushes migrants north, a Dene elder and an upstart try to buy time to figure out how to keep their village from being overrun. When fire destroys a precious industrial-age relic of mathematics, a professor looks for the best way forward, and finds a path he never sought. An appreciator of history takes their own small, peculiar jab at entropy. A community in a lifetimes-long feud struggles to find its way after a bad turn. A boy with a hideous wart looks for help from forces a bit outside the usual material plane.

These stories are joined with letters and new columns from David England on the symbol of the machine and Justin Patrick Moore on letter-writing. I’d like to take a moment here to spotlight Moore, who has a new book coming out this summer — his first.

Readers of Justin’s longtime column Cheap Thrills will recognize lots of his themes — the book is about how the quest to create a machine that can speak like a human led to so much of what defined what the 20th century was like: from shortwave radio to electronic music and beyond. These are technologies that, many of them, bid fair to stay with us into the denidustrial future, guaranteeing the future won’t be exactly like the past in some important ways, and understanding their origins and how they were created from the alchemy of simple ideas and obsessive attention is a key to understanding what their future might be. Plus, it just sounds like a lot of fun to read about the pioneers of blips and bloops — they certainly took the unconventional path, and it led to some very special places. If you’re intrigued, the book is available for preorder now — every preorder helps the book gain rating and find its audience, so consider helping Moore; if you do, your name goes in the book as a backer. The preorder deadline is March 14, so if you want it, get on it!

“From telegraphy to the airwaves, by way of Hedy Lamarr and Doctor Who, listening to Hal 9000 sing to us whilst a Clockwork Orange unravels the past and present, Moore spirits us on an expansive trip across the twentieth century of sonic discovery. The joys of electrical discovery are unravelled page by page.”
— Robin Rimbaud a.k.a. Scanner

One last update: I recently switched suppliers for envelopes for orders in the U.S. (Uline kept jacking up prices, and since their rather basic quarterly political screeds were getting embarrassing too, I started looking elsewhere.) The new envelopes are all-recycled. They also don’t have the padding that the old ones did; I decided that had probably never been necessary, but please let me know if you see any shipping damage.

Happy reading,

Nathanael Bonnell