Author: floraschnall

The Frozen Father of Modern Transhumanism

Transhumanism, the pursuit of using science and technology to transcend our biological limitations, is gaining momentum both as a philosophy and as a political movement. This is largely thanks to high profile evangelists such as Ray Kurzweil, Hans Moravec, and Martine Rothblatt; corporate endeavors like Google’s life extension project Calico; and various grassroots projects like […]

The Future Takes Forever: Becoming FM-2030

On September 4, 1972, the novelist and futurist Fereidoun M. Esfandiary published an editorial on the op-ed page of The New York Times concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict. Titled “A Plague on Both Your Tribes,” it announced that the situation had become a “monumental bore”: that the leadership had failed, and the antagonists, “acting like adolescents, […]

Revolutions Predicted by FM-2030

As I read the daily papers, and listen to the media I am reminded of FM’s predictions in Upwingers and Telespheres where he wrote- “The stronger mass communications within a country the stronger the people the more vulnerable the government” and Eventually …all dictatorial regimes will have disappeared. They will have receded into history along […]

FM-2030’s Papers Archived at New York Public Library

The F.M. Esfandiary / FM-2030 papers, spanning 1943-2000, include correspondence, writings, notebooks, book reviews, press releases, clippings, appointment calendars, photographs, and sound recordings documenting the professional career and personal life of the Iranian-American author, lecturer and social visionary F. M. Estandiary, later known as FM-2030. Correspondence includes incoming personal correspondence, 1943-1999, n.d., reflecting his family […]