Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy and society.
Future Tense is the citizen’s guide to the future.
The partnership provides insightful, timely, and unexpected analysis at the intersection of technology and society through written commentary and live events in Washington, D.C. and beyond.
Future Tense Fiction
A series of original science fiction stories crafted by leading authors, exploring how science and technology will change our lives in the future. Each story is paired with a response essay by an expert in a related field.
- The Wait - By Andrea Chapela A story about disappearances, surveillance, and stultifying bureaucracy.
- Beauty Surge - By Laura Maylene Walter A story about plumbing, wastewater, and surveillance.
- Collateral Damage - By Justina IrelandA story about what happens when a robot goes to war.
- The Skeleton Crew - By Janelle Shane
- In the Land of Broken Things - By Josh Bales
- Congratulations on Your Loss - By Catherine Lacey
- The Trolley Solution - By Shiv Ramdas
- The Void - By Leigh Alexander
Best of Future Tense
Future Tense publishes commentary on Slate by researchers and scholars at Arizona State University, alongside many other writers and thinkers from the fields of journalism, public policy, science and technology, and more.
- Sharing My Husband’s Digital Afterlife - By Fernanda Santos
- We Are Not Ready to Deal With Gene-Edited Athletes - By WALTER G. JOHNSON, DIANA M. BOWMAN, LUCILLE M. TOURNAS, and ANDREW MAYNARD
- Rewatching Rollerball in 2019 - By Devoney Looser
- Why Are There So Many Weird Tech Patents? - By ROSE EVELETH
- Who Gets to Decide What Our Space Settlements Look Like? - By Lindy Elkins-Tanton and Jessy Kate Schingler
- Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dirt - By Jane C. Hu
- How Southern Baptists Are Grappling With Artificial Intelligence - By Ruth Graham
- Ethics Alone Can’t Fix Big Tech - By Daniel Susser