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Into the Ruins is a new deindustrial science fiction quarterly focused on publishing speculative fiction that explores a future defined by natural limits, energy and resource depletion, industrial decline, climate change, and other consequences stemming from the reckless and shortsighted exploitation of our planet, and to imagine the ways that humans will adapt, survive, live, die, and thrive within this future. Simply put, we are looking to publish the best in deindustrial, post-industrial, and post-peak science fiction.
Here at Into the Ruins, we recognize that hard limits, natural cycles, and the laws of physics sketch the outlines of our future. Scientific knowledge, human ingenuity, and technology also help shape the coming decades and centuries, but they aren’t the sole or dominant determinants of the future we face. The scientific process that has helped us define the basic laws of physics and ecology does not exempt us from those unyielding laws. Human ingenuity—often impressive in both inspiring and horrifying ways—is not infinite, and it will not allow us to transcend natural limits or survive independent of this planetary home we are inextricably tied to. And while we understand the importance of human technology, we don’t expect it to look in the future the way science fiction has so commonly imagined. Human technology is simply the suite of tools that humans use in their lives; it spans far beyond the narrow range of computers and electronic devices we so often equate with that term. This constrained definition of technology will not prove the centerpiece of tools used by humans in a future of decline and depletion, nor will it prove effective or adaptive.
Therefore, we believe we need different visions and stories than science fiction has typically given us over the last two centuries. Our goal is to imagine a future right here at home, on Earth—not out in the stars. It’s to imagine a future rooted in ecosystems, not separate and destructive of them. It’s to trace out a future in which we find ways to deal with and adapt to the consequences of our actions, not transcend them.
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