The Little Black Book (so-called in reference to both The Black Book and an earlier Zero State release), from Array Consulting and the re-launched Zero State, is both a stand-alone tale, a brief summary of Social Futurism, a description of the Path that Zero Staters plan to walk into a positive future, and the first chapter of the larger Black Book.
Others may pre-order a copy of the Little Black Book for £5. Buying a copy of the book also confers subsidiary (i.e. affiliate) membership of Zero State and the Array should you want it. Details of membership options are sent with copies of the Little Black Book.
The Black Book is a combination of novel, game, art object, and social-political document. Primarily written and edited by Dr. M. Amon Twyman, it is the story of the unfolding 21st Century, and of a pivotal time in human history. That pivotal moment is a kind of Singularity, in which various accelerating trends (some good, some bad) converge in a brief period of massive, radical change. Here I am not using the word “Singularity” to refer only to directly technological change (such as development of Artificial Intelligence), but to all exponential change evident in the world today. Much – if not all – of that has been caused by technology, yes, but is now woven into the very fabric of our societies and world. Hard times, and strange times are coming.
The Black Book tells the stories of the founders of the Zero State, and as such is deeply personalized to the people who receive copies, and is the basis of the ZS Alternate Reality Game. It is both a record of events, and a way to establish the founding mythos of a better future, to inspire others. If the Black Book is successful, it will be followed by sequels in future.