What if we thought of Appalachia as futuristic? Could the mountains be the setting for imagining better, maybe weirder, futures? Artists, writers, and game designers have been asking just those questions, speculating through science fiction, fantasy, and magic realism to rethink the ways cultural traditions in wildly creative ways. From folktales to videogames, cryptozoology to underground highways, this section asks what a future Appalachian utopia (or dystopia) might look and feel like?
Pavlovic, Liz; Banks, Jamie; Bowman, Nicholas D.; Smith, David; Chaudhary, Baaria; Babbitt, Ben; Elliott, Jake; Kemenczy, Tamas; Boyd, Daniel; and West Virginia University Press, "Speculative Futures and Futurism in Appalachia" (2019). Exhibit Panels. 3.