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Best Futurism Books You Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Futurism books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Futurism: Cartoons from Tomorrow: A Futuristic Comic Collection (2019)

 Best Futurism Books You Should ReadCartoons from Tomorrow is a timely, clever collection of 125 single-panel cartoons that explore our ever-evolving relationship with technology and makes audacious predictions about our future.Enter Futurism, the 16M-strong community and media company that is obsessed with the future and everything that will get us there. Their mission? Preparing the people of today for the world of tomorrow. Based on one of Futurism’s most viral recurring features, this collection of cartoons parodies our wild imaginings and presents a unique and distinct vision of what’s in store for us –…
Author(s): Luke Kingma, Lou Patrick Mackay

2. Futurism: A Microhistory (Italian Perspectives) (2019)

 Best Futurism Books You Should ReadThis volume offers a unique and fresh perspective on Italian Futurism by approaching it, for the first time, through the lens of microstoria. In this ‘history from below’ of what is one of Europe’s most famous and important avant-garde movements, large-scale questions on the history of Futurism are explored by focusing on objects, practices and situations as diverse as The Church, Puppets, The Letterhead or Gymnastics. With contributions from fifteen renowned international scholars, the book offers an exciting, kaleidoscopic view of Futurism and its multiple artistic, political and societal…
Author(s): Sascha Bru, Luca Somigli, et al.

3. Black Quantum Futurism: Theory & Practice (Volume 1) (2015)

 Best Futurism Books You Should ReadBlack Quantum Futurism (#BQF) is a new approach to living and experiencing reality by way of the manipulation of space-time in order to see into possible futures, and/or collapse space-time into a desired future in order to bring about that future’s reality. This vision and practice derives its facets, tenets, and qualities from quantum physics, futurist traditions, and Black/African cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space. Inside of the space where these three traditions intersect exists a creative plane that allows for the ability of African-descended…
Author(s): Rasheedah Phillips

4. Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present (Third Edition) (World of Art) (2011)

 Best Futurism Books You Should Read“A clear and accurate history of . . . a continuous development of enormous consequence to the most adventurous twentieth-century art.”―Robert Rosenblum This pioneering book has now been expanded with a new chapter that brings it into the second decade of the twenty-first century, mapping the global rise of performance to the present day. RoseLee Goldberg explores contemporary artists’ approaches to politics, tradition, social engagement, and the art world itself, while evaluating the changing status of performance and its ever-increasing relevance to artists and audiences. Featuring recent work by leading…
Author(s): RoseLee Goldberg

5. The Black Imagination: Science Fiction, Futurism and the Speculative (Black Studies and Critical Thinking) (2011)

 Best Futurism Books You Should ReadThis critical collection covers a broad spectrum of works, both literary and cinematic, and issues from writers, directors, and artists who claim the science fiction, speculative fiction, and Afro-futurist genres. The anthology extends the discursive boundaries of science fiction by examining iconic writers like Octavia Butler, Walter Mosley, and Nalo Hopkinson through the lens of ecofeminist veganism, post-9/11 racial geopolitics, and the effect of the computer database on human voice and agency. Contributors expand what the field characterizes as speculative fiction by examining for the first time the vampire tropes present…
Author(s): Sandra Jackson, Julie E. Moody-Freeman

6. Steampunk: The Art of Retro-Futurism (2016)

 Best Futurism Books You Should ReadMore than just cogs, gears, and goggles, steampunk burst from the pages of science fiction and fantasy inspired by the likes of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells and rapidly grew into one of the most recognizable aesthetic movements of the 21st century. Steampunk: The Art of Retro-Futurism gathers work by the best artists, designers, and craftsmen in the field in a collection sure to fire the imagination of any fan. Its pages overflow with intricate sculpture work, digital and traditional art, and fashion that is at once decadent and utilitarian, perfect for an afternoon fixing your airship or an evening spent at a…
Author(s): Dopress Books

7. The Social Singularity: How decentralization will allow us to transcend politics, create global prosperity, and avoid the robot apocalypse (2018)

 Best Futurism Books You Should ReadThe world is rapidly decentralizing. In this decentralization manifesto, futurist Max Borders shows that humanity is already building systems that will “underthrow” great centers of power.Exploring the promise of a decentralized world, Borders says we will:- Reorganize to collaborate and compete with AI;- Operate within networks of superior collective intelligence;- Rediscover our humanity and embrace values for an age of connection.With lively prose, Borders takes us on a tour of modern pagan festivals, cities of the future, and radically new…
Author(s): Max Borders

8. Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative Technologies of Resistance (Difference Incorporated) (2016)

 Best Futurism Books You Should ReadWhen we think of literature and film about farm workers, The Grapes of Wrath may come to mind, but Farm Worker Futurism reveals that the historical role of technology, especially new media, has in fact had much more to do with depicting the lives of farm laborers—Mexican migrants in particular—in the United States. From the late 1940s, when Ernesto Galarza led a strike in the San Joaquin Valley, to the early 1990s, when the United Farm Workers (UFW) helped organize a fast in solidarity with janitors at Apple Computers in the Santa Clara Valley, this book explores the…
Author(s): Curtis Marez

9. Evolve or Die: Lessons for World-Class Innovation & Creativity (2018)

 Best Futurism Books You Should ReadAssuming you’re someone interested in learning and improving— and making a difference— this book was written with you in mind. Whether you’re at the top of the corporate pyramid, or somewhere nearer the base. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent coordinating the endless duties of the family, or an entrepreneur orchestrating a finite amount of time and resources – you’re working to make a difference. And yes, your work and what you do matters. The book contains a culmination of experiences, thoughts, and learning— much of it from world-class innovators and creators. Every single…
Author(s): Thomas C. Triumph

10. Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe (Guggenheim Museum, New York: Exhibition Catalogues) (2014)

 Best Futurism Books You Should Read352 pages with 328 illustrations Softcover, 8.5 × 11.5 inches Published to accompany the 2014 GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, this volume endeavors to convey the spirit of the movement in all its complexity and features essays by nearly thirty authors, honing in on specific artists, series, and moments. With over 300 
illustrations of works created throughout the duration of the movement-from its inception with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909 through its demise at the end of World War II-the exhibition catalogue encompasses…

11. The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century (2010)

 Best Futurism Books You Should Read.  The Next 100 Years is a fascinating, eye-opening and often shocking look at what lies ahead for the U.S. and the world from one of our most incisive futurists. In his thought-provoking new book, George Friedman, founder of STRATFOR—the preeminent private intelligence and forecasting firm—focuses on what he knows best, the future. Positing that civilization is at the dawn of a new era, he offers a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the twenty-first century all based on his own thorough analysis and research. For example,…
Author(s): George Friedman

Best Futurism Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some futurism books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Futurist Conditions: Imagining Time in Italian Futurism

Author(s): David S. Mather
ID: 2820079, Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, Year: 2020, Size: 30 Mb, Format: pdf

Political Aesthetics of ISIS and Italian Futurism

Author(s): Thorsten Botz-Bornstein
ID: 2546540, Publisher: Lexington Books, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Cubism and Futurism Spiritual Machines and the Cinematic Effect

Author(s): Elder, R. Bruce
ID: 2673546, Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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