Wars Of Future Past

Kelsey D. Atherton
Fortnightly newsletters about war, robots, and other bad futures
Created 12 Jul 2020
  • Twilight Grotesques, Aftermath Innocents
    24 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 5 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...
  • Public Domain Warfare
    13 Apr 2021 • 10 min read • 2 0
    For this week’s Wars of Future Past, I asked Paul Musgrave if I could run his excellent essay on “The Military-Photographic Complex,” a great and useful look at how usage rights and image production s...
  • Speculative Friction -- Air War: California AD 2043
    30 Mar 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    The US Navy’s flagship drone is an uninhabited aerial tanker. Roughly the proportions of an F/A-18 Super Hornet, if a little squatter, the MQ-25A Stingray is built as a flying fuel truck, extending th...
  • Past of Future Wars
    15 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    As best I can tell, the first reference to a future war in Popular Science comes in April 1896, nestled between articles on tropical fruit trees and X-Rays. In a long essay on “War and Civilization,” ...
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