I mentioned the other day how I use Book: My Autobiography as a read-aloud with my sixth graders at the start of the year as a way to introduce creative non-fiction and a history lesson around the evolution of stories and books over time.
A writing prompt in their writing notebook afterwards asks them to consider the world 100 years into the future — 2117 — and sketch out and explain some ideas about what stories will look like and/or how stories will get delivered to readers. In other words, what will books be like in 100 years?
The picture above is my example — I envision Tattoo Stories which can be shared and remixed with others.
My students have a range of ideas, including:
- Embedded story contact lens for your eyes (and/or wearable glasses that do the same thing)
- Holographic characters who act out the story in front of you (and other variations of virtual and augmented reality concepts)
- A device that you sit in and punch in information about protagonist and antagonist character traits, and a story gets created into some form, in the moment
- Books and stories that float nearby, and move along with you as you walk around, so you always have new stories in reach
- Story microchips inserted into your mind so that you can active a tale at any time
- Portable personal libraries that appear when you need a book from the shelves and disappear when you don’t need it
- Foldable books that can easily — no matter the size — fit into the corner of your pocket
- Story cars, busses and trucks — the entire vehicle is a moving story of some sort and the driver is the reader
Who knows. I suspect we will still have good ol’ book with us, too. I hope so.
Peace (thinking forward),