Independent comic cover for Fly Swatter 3. Science fiction variety comic that brings together many collaborators for a collection of short scifi comics, with futurism, violence, and a little sexyness.
title page for fly swatter 3
history of the future cover
Excess. Energy needs were desperate. The Earth was choking. To wean humanity off of
fossil power, a mixture of alternative sources and methods was used: solar cells, recaptured exhaust, magnetosphere tethers, reflectants in the atmosphere ,efficiency, plain reduction, etc
climate realignment. Warmed underwater currents melted a huge frozen sea of methane in the Pacific Ocean, setting off multiple , compounding positive feedback effects. Between 2032 and 2044, the Earth heated much faster than predicted. Drought, famine, disease, flooding,
extreme weather, and an annihilated infrastructure created an accidental worldwide holocaust. A billion people dead from negligence.
cascade. Most governments were able to maintain power, with pre-existing plans for suppressing upheaval. After the initial brunt of climate realignment, secondary effects set in… Released radiation. chemical storms. polluted drinking water. Blight. parasite boom. crime.
Chronicling biodiversity. With mass extinction accelerating, scientists descended upon the coral reefs and the rain forests (especially the amazon)to gather specimens of the remaining biodiversity. Communities of biologists formed throughout Central and South America,
discovering new species, medicines, and drugs.
red tape. While technological implementation slowed, innovation exploded. Although stable, the rich world was overburdened by bureaucracy. Traditional moralities, incumbent corporations and social structures fell far behind the rate of change of the underlying society and technology.
thought cocktail. A diverse culture of philosophical and scientific thought was brewing
in South America. The existing nonchalance, diverse lifestyles, humble heritage, grit, and the influx of scientists mixed to create the greatest minds of the century.
Disenchantment. The culture of the rich world started to lose it’s luster. Dissonance grew between liberal ideologies , hyperawareness of information, and changing lifestyles. A consumerist culture of taste and virtual societies left people with a lack of tangibility, and depression.
Emigration. Travel was getting cheaper. Most of the service industry became telecommuteable. South America became the place to be. Low rents. vibrant culture. important fresh water from the Amazon basin. Immigration surged.
Designer Bodies. Lead by the outpooring of biological research after the Climate Realignment, genomic engineering defined an era. Humans could be created with real superiority, and
be aesthetically designed. This had social, sexual, existential, and class consequences that would reverberate throughout the century. South America was a wild west for genetic experimentation, contributing to its economic rise. Much of the technology was also directed at other species, to rebuild biodiversity, combat the many plagues, and generally gain control over the ecosystem.
education. Information technology affected the brains of each new generation in
different ways. New symbolic languages were created in Virtual and augmented reality. Progressive schools in Central America, and later through South America, leaned into this trend for education, and largely abandoned old mediums of written language and video. New, faster, irreverent, analytical minds were seeded.
standard of living. With all the change in the world, South America still experienced extreme poverty. Disorganized and polluted, most people did not benefit from their rebounding economies.
syphon. The US government and corporate interests turned away from the Eastern Hemisphere and focused on South America during this period, becoming more important than local governments in most cases. The region’s economy boomed, and complex algorithms in the stock exchange and institutional relationships funneled wealth to the U.S. and its allies.
the xingu dam affair. Tensions reached a head during the completion of the Xingu Dam, in
Brazil. It was the largest Dam on Earth, partially designed to terraform the Amazon. When the populace realized that ownership of the Dam was being transferred to Tyson Power, a Euro-American entity, riots erupted.
uprising. Everyday people, drug cartels and the Information/entertainment industry joined forces to seize elements of the military. They quickly gained control of the Brazilian puppet state. Neighboring nations followed with their own insurgencies.
WAR. An onslaught of US military force descended on South America to re-establish the
existing order, aided financially by the European Union and Russia. A South American coalition formed to request Allies, answered by China and India.
THE LAST ROCKERS. War raged, escalating into the largest armed conflict since WWII. Unmanned vehicles, A.I. guided strategy, and new ballistics dominated the battlefield. This was to be the last conflict in which human soldiers would have any significance, eliminating the role of the War Hero.
SOCIETAL EXPERIMENTS. Peru and Brazil achieved victory in 2052. US and EU troops were slowly forced out of the rest of the continent through the decade. Out of the instability and rich ideological landscape were born brand new government systems: Technocracy, Conditional Direct Democracy, Fully Transparent Bureaucracies, Syndicalism (realised), Imported Officials, Representative Corporatocrazy, Government Rotation, Demographic Respectivism, Subscription Policracy, Transitional Monopolies, Experimentalist Confederations, and more
PERU. Peru established a new society from the ground up with 3 distinct governments and institutional networks: Labor, Capitol, and Military. Each was designed with a Separation of Interests so that any Angle, or two angles, could be disabled by just one of the angles.
new energy. And then, the energy scarcity problem was decisively solved by Brazilian
scientists. Designed microbes and nanobots were put into a giant chamber to create a super metabolism that could generate fuel and materials. These habitats were manipulated using magnetic fields, and a hot plasma could be burned in the center, producing power. This provided a
solution to expensive materials manufacturing, and the production and storage of energy.
technolabor. Robotics and computers had reached a point where they could replace
almost all labor. This caused unemployment crises around the world, increasing the importance of flexibility in society and the redistribution of wealth.
satellite wars. Meanwhile, the most costly wars of all time were waged over telecommunications. They were conducted entirely by business, entirely by AI craft, and almost entirely above the stratosphere, with no direct human casualties.
the new tribes. mass World Culture had been connecting and recycling since the 1960s, and the instantaneous availability of this history created a cultural singularity. Subcultures permutated where they were allowed, and tribalism intensified. Generally, outlooks and
lifestyles became more extreme as individuals struggled to establish their identity. New institutions and innovations came from new cultures, but also tribal skirmishes exacerbated violence from organized crime.
passion. The discoveries in biology led to new drugs and other mind altering experiences. The instability of the Climate Realignment had created powerful criminal societies in South
America, then aroused by a drug boon. The economic boom of the era was accompanied by extreme civil violence.
versus order. Chaos was becoming uncontrollable. Governments reacted with heavy
suppression. At this time, all human experience was recorded and surveillable, so all crimes could be witnessed, with the help of computer processing.
unarmed freedom. Peru had a novel compromise: an experimental policy to remove the
economic incentives of black market organization, ease public discontent from hegemony, and make enforcement practical. The policy abolished all law but made posession of guns (and similar weapons) illegal, punishable by death. It was rolled out in the capital, Lima, in 2079. 98% percent of firearms that qualified for restriction were smelted or exported.
demi-gods. Crime syndicates broke up into smaller factions and merged with tribal elements. Colorful warzones divided the streets of Lima. Justice was improvised, blow by blow. Lawless genetic engineering and new materials sciences made demigods of men.
trends. Income inequalities quickly evened out. Violence skyrocketed, but expulsion of guns and advanced medicine made altercations rarely fatal. Without laws, radical businesses models supercharged competition.
physical imagination. The whole world watched as Lima became a wilderness of carnal melodrama. Live feeds of the day to day experiences of the heroes of Lima became a massive entertainment industry. The last print publication was an illustrated magazine depicting their most interesting tales: Fly swatter