34 THE FUTURE IS HISTORY
It's 2001; where are all the domed cities and hovercars? Yesterday's
tomorrows are way behind schedule. Actually, the problem isn't the
future, says one vanguard science-fiction writer. It's Futurists.
By Jack Womack
42 DESERT OF DREAMS
The future isn't what is used to be. Excavating the ruins of the future
at Arcosanti, Biosphere 2, a missile silo, and White Sands, New Mexico,
birthplace of the apocalypse.
By Tom Vanderbilt
56 PAGING DR. MOREAU
Jellyfish genes and mad-science dreams, that's what switched-on
dogs are made of. Eduardo Kac wants to create a real, live dog that
glows in the dark. To Kac, it's "transgenic art." To some, it's a crime
By Gordon Grice
24 MEME CULTURE
Heads are rolling in dot-com land, and the masses love it. Is it just our
Revenge on the Nerds, or something deeper?
By Andrew Ross
26 FRINGE RESEARCH
Visions of cyborgs danced in the author's head. He never dreamed he'd
end up host to a high-tech implant of his own.
By Gareth Branwyn
She may be the outgoing chair of the powerful ICANN, but Esther Dyson is
still the gray eminence of backroom cyberpolitics—the well-connected,
widely feared Queen of the Digerati.
By David Hudson
12 SPEED READING
Fast facts for the time-starved,
14 GADGETS & GIZMOS
The I.T. Girl: 3Com's Audrey.
By David Pescovitz
16 COMMODITY CHECK
With its sleek, Shamu curves, the ORCA Mini Suffer is taking a byte.
out of boomer and teenysomething markets.
By Mark Dery
Shrinking her head and cloning it are all in a day's work for Rona
By George Fifield
64 MIND'S EYE
The LUMP (Life Form with Unevolved Mutant Properties) is just one
of Patricia Piccinini's little bundles of joy, nurtured in her virtual
By Edward Colless
70 OBJECT LESSON
Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves is a garden of unearthly
delights, especially for typography junkies.
By Rick Poynor
74 RADIANT CITY
Preston Scott Cohen is fishing for new architectural forms in nature.
Catch of the Day? The bottom-feeding flatfish.
By Matthew DeBord
80 DEAD TREE
Diagnosing Maria Luisa Palumbo's Architectural Disorders.
By McKenzie Wark
Adjusting godspeed's Antennas to Heaven!
By Simon Reynolds
On the trail of Lars von Trier's The Element of Crime.
By Richard Kadrey
96 EXIT STRATEGY
Back to the future.
Photo by Bobby Neel Adams. Text by Mark Dery,