Wars Of Future Past

Kelsey D. Atherton
Fortnightly newsletters about war, robots, and other bad futures
Created 12 Jul 2020
  • The Age of Empires Theory of History
    20 Dec 2021 • 11 min read • 3 0
    Edited by Althea May Atherton When I was in middle school, my favorite autonomous war machine was the Briton Longbowmen. I’d train them in groups of 20, right-click the attack order, and then watch as...
  • Hounds Of The Uncanny Valley Of Death
    12 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 2 0
    Edited by Althea May Atherton A month before the Quadrupedal Uncrewed Ground Vehicle (Q-UGV) by Ghost Robotics rocketed into public consciousness with a gun on its back, it could be seen on YouTube tr...
  • Colin Powell and the Discourse of Empire
    25 Oct 2021 • 14 min read • 6 0
    A version of this was first published at Jacobin on October 19, 2021. This edition was edited by Althea May Atherton. Colin Powell, soldier, statesman, and lifelong public servant to the imperatives o...
  • Twilight Grotesques, Aftermath Innocents
    24 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 6 1
    Edited by Althea May Atherton Before there was the fog of war, the fog of war was there. The fog descended the first time a group of humans picked up arms and planned violence against their neighbors,...
  • Creating The Visual Canon Of America’s Longest War
    31 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 5 0
    Edited by Althea May Atherton The War on Afghanistan has a canonical last image. The photograph, “Last American Soldier leaves Afghanistan,” was taken on August 31st in Kabul, and uploaded at 7:48 pm ...
  • From The Verge To Verdun
    11 Aug 2021 • 13 min read • 6 0
    Edited by Althea May Atherton Most every evening, for the past few weeks, I’ve wound down from the day by throwing myself into a muddy pit and struggling to survive for a few minutes, in a unified str...
  • The Deuce, the BUFF, the Constitution, the Bayonet
    26 Jul 2021 • 10 min read • 2 0
    Edited by Althea May Atherton In June 1946, the US Army Air Forces issued the first contract for what would go on to become the B-52 Stratofortress. The venerable bomber, which was cutting-edge when i...
  • Welcome to the Discontents Discord
    22 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read
    We’re Now on Discord with the Discontents Collective! As some of you may know, Wars of Future Past is part of the Discontents media collective, a group of lefty Substacks and websites that’s trying to...
  • Incendiary Balloons, Iron Domiciles
    22 Jun 2021 • 13 min read • 1 0
    I first learned about incendiary balloons in Albuquerque, at the International Balloon Museum. There, the story focused on the Fu-Go balloon attack, hydrogen balloons launched into the jet stream in 1...
  • The Long Undeath Of Forever War Heroes
    12 May 2021 • 14 min read • 1 0
    In the absence of all else, time is a force that gives war meaning. On April 14, the Biden administration turned to the sanctity of calendars and round numbers to bless a future US exit from Afghanist...
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