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A journalistic journey through time: Every issue tells the history of a new topic, from the past into the future.
A journalistic journey through time: Every issue tells the history of a new topic, from the past into the future.
A journalistic journey through time: Every issue tells the history of a new topic, from the past into the future.
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The Future Chronicles #1 Internet – A Time Travel Magazine

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Update: 40k Stretch Goal

If we manage to get €40,000, we will take The Future Chronicles to the next level: We will build a platform where all of you will be able to share your own vision of the future with the world.

Every Kickstarter backer will get one of the first author accounts on the platform and will be able to write his own The Future Chronicles style articles. These will then become the foundation of further issues of the magazine.

The Campaign

These days it feels like the future is in a rush: Our climate changes, natural resources are coming to an end and new forms of media change our most fundamental concepts of communication.

But the faster everything around us changes, the more important it becomes to maintain the overview. So pack your stuff and travel with us into the future! 

The Concept

The Future Chronicles is a publication, made for the digital age. Every issue deals with a topic of social change. Every article covers a milestone in history and takes place in the respective time.

To build up the basic knowledge on our subject, we always start our journey in the past. Then, article by article, we travel into the future.

To bring everything together we created a design language that connects all the different places in time: A unique visual style, carefully selected typography and the creative spirit of a different artist for every article.

The First Issue

The first issue tells the history of 21st century’s most disruptive technology: the internet. Traveling through twenty articles from 1962 to 2096, you’ll experience the incredible transformation from a technophobe to a virtual society.

Machines become more intelligent than humanity, privacy ends in a free flow of information and centres of power dissolve in the emergence of decentralized structures.

Technology is shrinking, until it vanishes in the human body. Mankind overcomes natural selection by evolving into machines, until our whole world finally gets replaced by virtual reality.

Let's make it happen!

We want the Future Chronicles to be an independent publication. It’s sole purpose should be to inform, inspire and please you, our readers. That’s why we decided to try a completely ad-free approach, which most people in the publishing industry wouldn’t consider feasible at all.

But they don’t have supporters like you. By crowdsourcing €30.000, we will be able to cover our final production costs: Printing costs, app development, distribution, reward manufacturing and at least our fundamental staff costs in the production time.

The Rewards

There are some great artefacts, that we collected on our travels so far and we would be pleased to share them with you. Further we definitely want you to be well equipped for the journey we are inviting you to go along with us. Therefore we also provide you with the best tools you will need to dive into the time stream.

The Future Chronicles as an ebook, app and print edition
The Future Chronicles as an ebook, app and print edition
The Collector's Edition: numbered, signed and sealed.
The Collector's Edition: numbered, signed and sealed.
A postcard from the future and some time machine stickers
A postcard from the future and some time machine stickers
A vintage 23" x 33" (A1) poster of the first issue
A vintage 23" x 33" (A1) poster of the first issue
The Time Traveler’s Notebook: handmade paper, bound in genuine alien leather
The Time Traveler’s Notebook: handmade paper, bound in genuine alien leather
The Time Travel Bag: embroidered canvas with leather buckle
The Time Travel Bag: embroidered canvas with leather buckle
An original illustration of your future cyborg-self by our art director Daniel
An original illustration of your future cyborg-self by our art director Daniel

The Crew

Behind the magazine is a collective of professional time travelers: Young open-minded editors and artists from various creative fields face the challenges of our time and embark on a common journey of discovery.

The Future Chronicles is a project by hyperraum, a Berlin based network agency that focuses on developing products, brands and content for the world of tomorrow. We initiated the project with the aim of inspiring more people to participate on the change.

Risks and challenges

As we all know, time travel could potentially cause errors in the space-time continuum.
We are not liable for errors in the space-time continuum caused by you on our journey.

We may get stuck in the future.
We are not liable for you getting stuck in the future.

Okay, seriously: We made a big effort to prepare for this campaign the best we could. Nonetheless we can’t plan for all possible eventualities. So there is the risk of us falling behind schedule, if something happens we didn’t foresee.

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    Pledge €1 or more About $1.12

    THE WALLPAPER
    Get our kickstarter-exclusive time-machine wallpaper collection
    + access to our intelligence service that will inform you on everything that happens.

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    THE EBOOK
    Get all above (wallpaper)
    + a text only DRM-free epub for all you letter junkies out there.
    (available in english and german)

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    THE APP
    Get all above (wallpaper, ebook)
    + the interactive app that turns your tablet into a time machine.

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    PRINT EDITION
    Get all above (wallpaper, ebook, app)
    + a print edition for all of you that still own a bookshelf and love the page-turning experience.

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    SIGNED COLLECTOR'S EDITION
    Get all above (wallpaper, ebook, app)
    + a signed collector’s edition – with sealed cover and kickstarter only personal bookplate.

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    SIGNED COLLECTOR'S PACKAGE
    Get all above (wallpaper, ebook, app, signed collector’s edition)
    + a signed vintage 23" x 33" (A1) poster of the first edition
    + a postcard from the future
    + 3 time machine stickers

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    Pledge €100 or more About $112

    TIME TRAVEL STARTER KIT
    Get the signed collector's package
    + your own time traveler’s notebook – handmade paper, bound in genuine alien leather.

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    Pledge €135 or more About $151

    TIME TRAVEL SURVIVAL KIT
    Get the time travel starter kit
    + man, you’ve packed a whole lot of stuff… Take one of our personal time travel bags to keep your things together!

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    Pledge €150 or more About $167

    ENTER THE ANNALS
    Get the survival kit
    + enter the annals of The Future Chronicles with your name on the supporters list inside the first edition.

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    Pledge €250 or more About $279

    YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY
    Get the survival kit
    + get listed as a level II supporter inside the first edition
    + a one-hour personal time-travel with us via skype.

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    Pledge €500 or more About $558

    YOUR FUTURE SELF
    Get the survival kit
    + get listed as a level III supporter inside the first edition
    + an original illustration of your future cyborg-self to hang up at your wall of ancestors.

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    Pledge €750 or more About $837

    BE PART OF THE FUTURE CHRONICLES
    Get the survival kit
    + listed as a level IV supporter inside the first edition
    + become part of The Future Chronicles with a character named after you.

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    Pledge €1,000 or more About $1,116

    ISSUE #2 WORKSHOP
    Get the survival kit
    + listed as a level V supporter inside the first edition
    + be part of the team by setting the timeline with us of our second issue (Nov. 14th/15th, 2015) in Berlin or via skype.

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    Pledge €2,500 or more About $2,790

    TALK & WORKSHOP
    Get the survival kit
    + listed as a level VI supporter inside the first edition
    + we will visit your company and give an 1h talk and host a 2h workshop for your employees (excl. expenses).

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    THE PATRON
    Get the survival kit
    + 20 extra copies of the print edition
    + become the patron of The Future Chronicles with an opening letter inside the first edition.

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