The Black Book
AKA ‘Social Futurism and the Zero State’
The Black Book is a combination of novel, game, art object, and social-political document. Primarily written and edited by Dr. M. Amon Twyman, it is the story of the unfolding 21st Century, and of a pivotal time in human history. That pivotal moment is a kind of Singularity, in which various accelerating trends (some good, some bad) converge in a brief period of massive, radical change. Here I am not using the word “Singularity” to refer only to directly technological change (such as development of Artificial Intelligence), but to all exponential change evident in the world today. Much – if not all – of that has been caused by technology, yes, but is now woven into the very fabric of our societies and world. Hard times, and strange times are coming.
The Black Book tells the stories of the founders of the Zero State, and as such is deeply personalized to the people who receive copies, and is the basis of the ZS Alternate Reality Game. It is both a record of events, and a way to establish the founding mythos of a better future, to inspire others.