Sea of Tranquility

Emily St John Mandel’s sixth novel Sea of Tranquility playfully and indulgently bends time travel, metaphysics and grief. The science fiction novel juggles an ambitious amount: a young man in 1912 exiled to the Canadian forest, an author trapped in a pandemic-ravaged Earth, moon colonies, paranormal investigations, the 25th century and even references to Mandel’s previous works. Both meta and mind-bending, Sea of Tranquility examines the end of …

How Design Can Respond to Environmental Crises

Between increasing natural disasters, rising sea levels and melting ice caps, a climate change-induced apocalypse seems very real and us humans—with our endless capacity for production and consumption—are responsible. But does creating always harm the planet or are there ways that creative design can foster the human instinct to produce without harming the planet? Can we foster commensalism (a symbiotic relationship between species in which no harm …

CH Gift Guide: Apocalyptic Presents

Prepare for the end of the world as we know it

Regardless of whether those genius Mayans are correct and next week sees an apocalypse take place, it’s not a bad idea to make sure you and your loved ones are well prepared for any level of disaster. Here are 12 presents from the Cool Hunting Gift Guide that span the range from utility to entertainment. Eton’s FRX3 Hand Turbine When the power is finally out …