The Saga of Vassal Squeezeshot is a fiction
that may be coming true for all of us.
In prose and some verse, illustrated
with art, photography, and video,
it envisions a technology that
may turn our lives inside out.
The technology, mosquito-sized
drones, will become commonplace.
All of us—individuals, businesses,
governments, etc.—will send them
wherever we want, and see and
hear what’s there. And any of us
will be able to tune in to anyone
else’s; they broadcast everywhere.
Prelude, the Saga’s introductory volume,
describes the coming of the tiny drones,
and, with the rest of the Saga, explores the
consequences. Our senses of ourselves, our
society, our civilization, and our world will
be transformed. Our privacy, secrecy,
intimacy, security, family life, community,
government, commerce, jobs, education,
entertainment, and our culture as a
whole will change dramatically.
Will something like that really happen?
Is it inevitable? Desirable? If it happens, how
will we respond? Can we adapt to it? Will we
gain from it, or lose, or both? One reader
has called it a “humane transformative
technology.” Might that prove true?
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A minute of audio about those questions:
Read Prelude here and/or listen to its first pages here:
Short takes from
the eternal present
. . . to come, maybe