You see how some of your hearts just stopped when you saw the title? Then they proceeded to actually stop of disappointment when you saw that the thread was created by yours truly and not Wjfox? Well don't give up hope yet and keep reading as this idea is potentially something super involving for all of us.
So as some of you know i'm prone to make suggestions which are either implausible, impossible, or so absurd as to be ignored. In fact if I recall my first post was about gathering a group of scientists and prominent technologists in a spectacular symposium. I'm also the author of this thread speaking about making this community and website into potentially something much greater.
People were a bit more receptive back in the day before all this baggage i've since acquired on this site. Anyways enough about this history which no one very much cares about. Let's get on with the topic on hand.
A Futuretimeline Book! Now the official part is contingent on Wjfox's blessing but the actual book is not. So i'll attempt to flesh out the idea in a few key points so that people don't get lost, or bored as is more likely, in this sea of words.
- This book will be a book written, edited, and promulgated/promoted by the community writ large. I know we have some budding/actual writers in this forum who can write a chapter or two and next thing you know we have a small book!
- I suggest the topic of this book be the elaboration of a our near future as dictated by the predictions on the timeline. Maybe a couple of individual years and then to cover more time bloc decades and centuries into chapters. We don't necessarily have to adhere strictly to explaining each and every prediction but rather include some predictions to make an entertaining and amazing story.
- The book does not necessarily need to be a homogenous affair where each chapter is a consistent affair aligning with the previous chapters as each chapter should reflect the diversity of our community.
Anyways deciding the content and the style of the book is completely up to you guys not the author of this thread. Next we come to how we will make decisions and share information considering none of us will actually meet in real life (we might but i'll get to that later).
- I suggest we vote via the strawpoll website or some similar voting website which is accessible to all members of this community for any decision small or large.
- I propose that we share information via any one of those various services like google docs where all members of the community can look at the information/writing that another member is producing.
- Other members should be able to provide input but the authors of individual chapters should be given liberty to explore their own worlds while remaining focused on the concept of a futuretimeline.
- We should probably vote as to who will be the main author of the book with smaller individual contributions by several members possible. Of course what I am proposing is not a huge tome but rather a book that is small enough manageable but large enough to be engrossing.
We have some amazing members with the talent to make such a project a success. Just for specificities sake I can vouch for the talent and passion of members like Yuli Ban, Jakob, and Wjfox, among many others to write interesting and compelling chapters for a book about the future. There are also members with amazing talents in other areas which could enormously benefit a project like this. Ghostreaper or even someone like Evanimations could, I imagine, create an incredible front/back cover for such a book. This has to by definition be a community project.
Now let me briefly talk about finances. However let me stress that this book does not have to be something that becomes a huge success or something that requires thousands of dollars in financial capital because at the end of the day, while we should hope that we make something that is entertaining and compelling and hence financially successful, this project should be one about fun where the members of our community can show off their talents.
- We can either self publish or we can create a Kickstarter/Gofundme where the community and others can contribute so that we can have the book professionally edited and get it published with an actual publishing company. Depending on what sort of resources we accrue we could even advertise it to a degree.
- Now as for any proceeds I would recommend that we donate a full 80% of all profits, after all associated costs are taken care of, to an organization which we vote upon. The remaining 20% I suggest would go towards the participants and wjfox if he decided to allow us to make this book "official". If he allows us to make this book "official" or in other words associate the book with his website then I would suggest that he receive 10% and the other 10% to be distributed to the contributors of the book.
- What this means is that we have to have a certain quality threshold for submissions from members of the forum. If the forum finds something as simply not entertaining or sufficiently good for the book then the contributor will be denied admission. The potential for a small monetary gain should galvanize those participants to make excellent entertaining material.
- Although I again stress that the main motivation of this project should be fun and building up this amazing community of futurists.
There are so many aspects that need to be stamped out before we can start so I need all of your guys' input and criticism about this idea. Making a Futuretimeline book would etch an indelible mark on the world by a group of passionate, enthusiastic, and devoted futurists. Making it the "official" book would open up myriad opportunities for the site. So now I want to take the time to thank you guys for taking the time to read this and I hope we can make such a project blossom into fruition.