ARCON001: The Black Book
The Black Book (so-called in reference to an earlier Zero State release) is the first media release from Array Consulting and the re-launched Zero State, Part 1 of which is to be published Saturday 30th June 2018.
Parts 2 and 3 will be released in late 2018 and Spring 2019 (respectively), free and exclusive to full Supporting Members of the Array (including all core Zero State members).
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.