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Future Perfect Tense

Future Perfect Tense

Published January 20, 2011

We contacted a bunch of our most beloved local authors and asked them to write short short stories for us with, on the ‘Iceland and the next decade’. Their mission, should they accept it, was to consider: “what’s in store for our island?” then examine their feelings about that imagined future and deliver them in prose form using no more than 1200 words.
We are stunned that so many of our favorites wound up participating, and doublestunned with the stories they turned in.  While they are surprisingly (and disappointingly) low on futuristic cyberpunk sci-fi scenarios and cyborgs, we believe that they offer a clear window into our collective hopes and fears at the moment; solemn meditations on a future that’s very unclear (even unnerving). They are also all very entertaining and clever.  Reserve some time, read on and enjoy!

May Oral Gnarr Annualise? by Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl
Ten Short New Year’s Speeches Into the Future: by Kristín Eiríksdóttir
The Falling Man by Óttar Martin Norðfjörð
2031 by Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir
The Gates by Haukur Már Helgason


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