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Now a year old, Into the Ruins is a different kind of science fiction magazine. Rather than the tired tropes of space operas, aliens, and interstellar travel, we offer science fiction stories for the real world. These are tales set in the near and far future that deal with the sort of future we are likely to actually get, rather than the shiny, high-tech fantasies too often peddled by science fiction.
These are tales set in a world dealing with climate change, energy and resource depletion, environmental and ecological destruction, political chaos, economic dysfunction, and all the other challenges we are making for ourselves day in and day out.
These are stories that recognize that the most compelling aspects of our future are far more likely to be disruptive political figures and movements, economic recessions and depressions, dramatically fluctuating energy prices, scarcity of fossil fuels, extreme weather events, rising seas, collapsing infrastructure, ecological dysfunction, food shortages, class warfare, and other such events; not travels to distant planets and far-off stars, not contact with alien lifeforms, and not even techno-dystopias.
These are stories that recognize just how compelling the human drama of such futures can be—and what lessons these troubled futures can teach us about the hard times ahead of us all.
These are stories that understand the natural world we are all a part of will far more determine the backdrop of our future lives than the techno-utopian fantasies of Silicon Valley executives, the power mad desires of establishment politicians, or the economic death grip of global corporations.
These are science fiction stories for the real world. New, fresh, and imaginative in ways the dominant culture tells us not to be. This is its own new frontier: not deep travels into space, but explorations set right here on earth. This is the emerging sub-genre of deindustrial science fiction, and we want to share it with you.
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