Welcome to the Fractopian Future
Fractopian Fiction tells human-condition stories that happen to take place in a near-future world, extrapolating from current trends and technological developments to create realistic images of what life in the developed nations might be like just a few generations down the road. Its worldview is ontologically conservative, involving neither the singularity nor the apocalypse. It represents neither a utopia nor a dystopia, but may include aspects of both.
The word "Fractopia" - (roughly speaking, a "fractured or uneven place") - refers to both the socio-economic stratification and the polyglot mixture of cultural and virtual realities present in such a world. A Fractopian setting includes a wide range of social classes, subcultures and milieus; it is a multi-layered world in which people move, often side by side, through very different real and virtual realities.
In 2017, a team of authors* began collaborating to envision a “Smart City” of the first world 100 years in the future, examining the results of projected modern trends such as ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, biotech, anti-aging and green technologies - alongside corporate governance and social upheaval. Under the curation of writer/editor Tod Foley, their works were interwoven to define a sub-genre that came to be called "Fractopian Fiction" -- a cross between social science fiction and speculative literature of the human condition.
* The original team consisted of Niko Carcosa, Antony Copeland, Tod Davies, Tod Foley, DeAnna Knippling, Shawn Koch, Shariann Lewitt, Adrian McCauley, Brent Newhall, and Tiffany Reynolds.
The stories and concepts created by these authors were set against the backdrop of a fictional setting called "Union City" (colloquially known as "UbiquiCity"): a place where the most wealthy and powerful districts possess all the latest in smart fog-based technology, where every building, device and control system is connected via the Internet Of Things, and all city services operate under the watchful eye of "CitySystem" - a massive distributed AI network governing the use and distribution of resources.
Fractopian Fiction aims to be part entertainment and part prognostication, blurring the line between "genre" and "literature", with key elements drawn from current trends and nascent advances in technology and societal organization.
The Fractopian sub-genre now branches out beyond the confines of UbiquiCity and opens itself to the world, inviting readers, writers, and roleplayers to participate in the creation and publication of written, spoken, and visual works.
The Fractopia podcast explores the facts of tomorrow through the fiction of today, examining current trends and developments in order to create realistic visions of our potential tomorrow. Readers and writers of near-future science fiction will find much to think about in our topical episodes and exclusive interviews.
Come join us in the Fractopian Future.