Tommy Lee Edwards Brings Life To Sci-Fi Futurist Extravaganza, Strata

Posted by April 11, 2016 Comment

Strata is a multi-media experience directed and illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards, with music and sound design by I Speak Machine (Tara Busch and Maf Lewis).

Tommy Lee Edwards says “Tara Busch had written a gorgeous song that inspired me to write a story. My writing inspired Tara and Maf Lewis to elaborate on the story’s characters and create more music, which drove me to start visualising our rapidly building world.  Lex, Penguin Random House, and Editions At Play joined the fun, and eventually an entire universe began to unfold. STRATA is a project built by inspiration, mutual respect, and a yearning for creativity. The topical and imaginative fiction from our contributing authors is an incredibly immersive experience, while the accompanying prophetic scientific essays push our world into a new level of interactivity. STRATA is the ultimate in collaboration, and I’m excited about spreading the inspiration.”

StrataCoverTelling science fiction short stories alongside accompanying essays that reveal another layer of science that underpins the world of Strata.

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Readers can toggle between ‘fiction’ and ‘science’ modes to discover a dystopian class war and explore the future, with writers including Misha Glenny, Laurie Penny and Maggie Koerth-Baker.

The year is 2116. Eugenics experiments have failed to curb the city’s dense population, which drowns in the perpetual shadows cast by a layer of giant towers scraping the stratosphere miles above. Further below an ancient and mysterious world crumbles…

What will the future hold for petty thieves, high-society chefs and dispossessed young women?

Law Enforcement – Misha Glenny –What does law enforcement look like in the age of automation and a widening divide between rich and poor? Policing will become as much about managing data as physical presence and brute force.

Greybox – James Smythe – Charlie doesn’t know what goes on in Jimmy’s head, she just looks after him. Jimmy is trapped inside ‘greybox’, a cruel and unusual form of imprisonment. It’s part of her own criminal sentence, to look after her partner in his vegetative state, but Charlie is getting desperate.

Synthetic Neurobiology – Lewis Dartnell – We already use drugs to enhance our neurobiology, like caffeine and Adderall, but these drugs can only get more sophisticated as research and developments continue to be made in this lucrative field.

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A Hush Descends – Laurie Penny – Rosie is worried. Supplies of Hush, the drug she relies on to get through the day, are drying out. Scraping a living on a lower level, she needs to find a fix soon, or else her mysterious friend will start to appear again.

Food production – Paul McMahon – What does the future hold for food production in a world that is over populated and over-farmed? How will we grow enough food and combat climate change? Paul looks at some technological and social changes that might take place.

A Handful of Rubies– EJ Swift – Vardimon is one of the world’s leading food experts, but he can no longer taste the delicacies he is judging every day. Reaching the limit of his aging body, he must make the difficult decision to transplant his consciousness into a new form – but will his secretary have other ideas?

Infectious Diseases – Maggie Koerth-Baker – Disease control isn’t straightforward, especially when climate change, poverty, war and racial issues intersect. Maggie looks at how the resources gap between rich and poor will continue to affect the spread of disease.

Affection – Lavie Tidhar – Anat lives on the top levels, in the rarefied atmosphere of her wealthy home, where she communicates only via screens with her little brother and her parents. One day she dares a stealthy trip down to the lower levels, risking infection in an encounter with a shop girl from a forbidden world.

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Available at strata.world and through the Google Play Books store, STRATA is the first step into a new science fiction world that has been developed by Google’s Creative Lab in Australia and Editions At Play as part of a publishing programme of books that live in the browser and make the most of the dynamic qualities of the web.

 

Law Enforcement – Misha Glenny –What does law enforcement look like in the age of automation and a widening divide between rich and poor? Policing will become as much about managing data as physical presence and brute force.

Greybox – James Smythe – Charlie doesn’t know what goes on in Jimmy’s head, she just looks after him. Jimmy is trapped inside ‘greybox’, a cruel and unusual form of imprisonment. It’s part of her own criminal sentence, to look after her partner in his vegetative state, but Charlie is getting desperate.

Synthetic Neurobiology – Lewis Dartnell – We already use drugs to enhance our neurobiology, like caffeine and Adderall, but these drugs can only get more sophisticated as research and developments continue to be made in this lucrative field.

A Hush Descends – Laurie Penny – Rosie is worried. Supplies of Hush, the drug she relies on to get through the day, are drying out. Scraping a living on a lower level, she needs to find a fix soon, or else her mysterious friend will start to appear again.

Food production – Paul McMahon – What does the future hold for food production in a world that is over populated and over-farmed? How will we grow enough food and combat climate change? Paul looks at some technological and social changes that might take place.

A Handful of Rubies– EJ Swift – Vardimon is one of the world’s leading food experts, but he can no longer taste the delicacies he is judging every day. Reaching the limit of his aging body, he must make the difficult decision to transplant his consciousness into a new form – but will his secretary have other ideas?

Infectious Diseases – Maggie Koerth-Baker – Disease control isn’t straightforward, especially when climate change, poverty, war and racial issues intersect. Maggie looks at how the resources gap between rich and poor will continue to affect the spread of disease.

Affection – Lavie Tidhar – Anat lives on the top levels, in the rarefied atmosphere of her wealthy home, where she communicates only via screens with her little brother and her parents. One day she dares a stealthy trip down to the lower levels, risking infection in an encounter with a shop girl from a forbidden world.

 

(Last Updated April 11, 2016 12:53 pm )

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