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Sharing My Husband’s Digital Afterlife

By Fernanda Santos
Two and a half years after he died, I gave his iPhone to our daughter.


The Last of the Goggled Barskys

By Joey Siara
A new short story about trying to short-circuit dependence on technology.


Imagining Worlds—and Seeing Them Come True

July 21, 2020 | 4:00 pm (EDT)

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Join Future Tense for a conversation with best-selling authors Veronica Roth (the Divergent series and the Carve the Mark duology) and Peter Warren Singer (Burn-In, Wired for War) on the role of speculative fiction in the real world.

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