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“Futures of the Past” is an issue about how past generations have reckoned their collective futures. But it’s also about how the razor’s edge of the present comes up against the haziness of futurity, and what happens when that hazy future becomes inscribed, remembered, and—eventually—forgotten. We’re interested here in the work that the future does in shaping history—as a utopian dream, a set of collective anxieties, or simply as a story that we tell about where we come from and where we hope to end up.

Chapter 1: Bad Predictions

Chapter 2: Futures Past

To be published August 5, 2014

Chapter 3: The Politics of the Future

To be published September 2, 2014

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The Appendix is a quarterly journal of experimental and narrative history, soliciting articles from historians, writers, and artists committed to good storytelling, with an eye for the strange and a suspicion of both jargon and traditional narratives.

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Prophecy of Benjamin,
The Anti-Christ

A transcribed prophecy by "Benjamin the Anti-Christ," recorded in 1860s San Francisco, promising the destruction of California, a New Jerusalem in Arizona, and "brain paralisis" [sic]. The end of the world was not nigh, thankfully.

Originally Appeared in… The End? Volume 1. Issue 1. December 2012

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