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Aftershocks and Opportunities

Call for Chapters – Submissions Now Closed

Aftershocks and Opportunities – Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future

Aftershocks and Opportunities 2: Navigating the Next Horizon


What are the possibilities for the future in a post-pandemic world?

While the world grapples with the current unfolding crisis, as futurists we know how important it is to also be thinking about the next horizon and beyond. This can help ensure that the decisions we make today don’t lay the foundation for a new set of problems over the horizon. Equally, understanding the types of future that might emerge post-crisis can help us plan and prepare for those possibilities as we reshape our strategies today. Finally, such future insights might help us spot, train for, and adapt to the new opportunities that could arise as a post-pandemic world unfolds.

Aftershocks and Opportunities 2

In response to this need for future perspectives, Fast Future Publishing wants to create a fast track widely accessible and affordable book of 1,000-word chapters from future thinkers around the world. The goal is to provide individuals, leaders, and organizations with foresight, insight, challenge, visionary thinking, and navigational guidance on what lies ahead. This is a fast track opportunity to put your latest thinking in front of a world hungry for ideas, hope, and inspiration.

Hence, this call for chapters is an invitation from Fast Future to future thinkers from around the world to contribute a chapter of up to 1,000 words depicting your thoughts on how the world, or some aspect of it, might look after the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are seeking perspectives on economic, cultural, organisational, political, social, scientific, technological, commercial, and ecological evolution over the coming two to five years. The working title of this new book compilation is Aftershocks and Opportunities 2. We welcome your submission.

About Fast Future

Fast Future publishes books from leading future thinkers around the world, exploring critical developments shaping the way we might live, work, and play. Our books are wide ranging and explore the possible impacts of new ideas, disruptive thinking, and exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI). We examine how such developments could reshape our underlying assumptions, paradigms, and governing systems and the resulting impact for individuals, societies, businesses, economies, governments, and the sectors of the future.

Fast Future has a particular focus on ensuring these advances are harnessed to unleash individual potential and enable a very human future.  Previous titles by Fast Future include: The Future of Business; Beyond Genuine Stupidity – Ensuring AI Serves Humanity; The Future Reinvented – Reimagining Life, Society, and Business; A Very Human Future – Enriching Humanity in a Digitized World; and Opportunity at the Edge – Change, Challenge, and Transformation on the Path to 2025.

Submitting a Chapter

We are accepting chapters submissions for Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 until April 19th, 2020 and we are keen to hear from new and established future thinkers alike. Preference will be given to those who have both the strongest proposal and the most energy to support the promotion of the book to a global audience.

Whether or not your submission is accepted, as a token of our appreciation, all individuals submitting a chapter will receive a free eBook of their choice from the Fast Future bookstore and a free one-year subscription to the FutureScapes newsletter (normally US$149). Existing subscribers will receive a complimentary one-year extension.


The book is designed to have the broadest possible scope and will be edited by global futurists Rohit Talwar, Alexandra Whittington, and Steve Wells.

Chapter Structure
  • Proposed chapters should be up to 1000 words and require minimal editing.
  • Contributions can look at any element of the future in the form of scenarios, stories from the future, development timelines, or discussions of how particular domains might play out.
  • Description of the current situation and present-day context should represent a maximum of 20% of the total chapter content. The majority of the chapter should focus on the future.
  • Be consistent about the time frame you are considering (the next two to five years, in this case).
  • Write for a generalist audience – assume no prior knowledge of the topic.
  • Make clear whether the chapter is based on research, emerging thinking, or presenting a more speculative vision of the future – all are equally acceptable.
Guidelines for Contributors

Please use the link below to submit a chapter.  Please be prepared to submit your full bio and headshot image with your chapter.

Chapters cannot promote products or services. Authors can re-publish their contributions three months after publication. Please keep in mind the book is aimed at a general non-futurist audience.

Fast Future publishes original content and is unable to accept content that has been previously published elsewhere.  We do not publish case studies or research reports, although chapters may refer to and comment on research findings.  Chapter references should be presented in endnote format.  All submissions should observe Oxford University Press conventions.

The authors whose proposals are accepted must commit to playing a very active and regular role in promoting the book to their networks and contact base before and after publication.

Contributor Benefits

Participation in this Fast Future book gives new and established authors the opportunity to be profiled to a global audience.

  1. The book will be marketed directly by Fast Future to over five million contacts around the world and via our FutureScapes newsletter.
  2. Fast Future’s PR campaign will focus on highlighting each of the topics and contributors in the book, driving the potential for media coverage for individual authors.
  3. Each contributor will be profiled both in the book and on the Fast Future website.
  4. Each chapter and contributor will be highlighted individually in our social media marketing campaign.
  5. Contributors will receive ten free copies of the book in print form and twenty electronic copies for promotional purposes.
  6. Contributors will be able to purchase additional copies for resale at a discount of 50% on the cover price.
  7. Contributors will receive a two-year subscription or subscription extension to the FutureScapes newsletter (normally US$149).
Contributor Commitments

The effective development and publication of this book relies on the commitment of the contributing authors and we ask that:

  1. The Contributor hereby grants and assigns to Fast Future Publishing Ltd. (The Publisher), the sole and exclusive right to print, publish, and sell the Contributor’s submitted chapter in full or shortened versions in any language, in printed and digital form in any country or territory.
  2. The Contributor or joint contributors is /are the sole originator(s) and proprietor(s) of the chapter; that the content has not previously been published in any form.
  3. Copyright of the content, if not already registered, shall be held and retained by the Contributor.
  4. The Contributor warrants to the Publisher that the work does not violate the right of privacy of any person; that it contains no unlawful matter; and that it does not infringe upon the copyright or violate any other right of any person or party.
  5. The Contributor agrees to deliver draft and final versions of their chapter, in digital format (Word 2013 or earlier versions) to Fast Future, on or before the agreed due dates.
  6. The Publisher reserves the right to make reasonable editorial changes or deletions to the submitted chapter to ensure quality and consistency in the final consolidated work.
  7. The Publisher shall have the right to use, and to license others to use, the Contributor’s name, image, likeness, and biographical material for advertising, promotion, and marketing of the work.
Contributor Agreement

Please note that submission of a chapter for inclusion in the book shall be taken as the Contributor’s agreement to the Contributor Commitments as listed above. Submission is no guarantee of inclusion.

Submitting Your Proposal

To help ensure the success of the book, we would like all the contributing authors to play a full role in promoting the book. The proposal submission form includes compulsory questions on the following:

  • Your personal details, social media links, your full profile as you want it to appear on the book website (Max 200 words), and a short profile to appear in the book (Max 50 words)
  • Chapter title (Max 10 words)
  • A one sentence chapter summary and a synopsis of up to 50 words to be used in promotion of the book.
  • The completed chapter (Max 1000 words)
  • The size and reach of your personal networks and marketing channels
  • Which publications, other networks, channels, and bloggers you think we should approach to help raise awareness of the book
  • Additional specific actions you will take to help promote the book
  • Additional actions you think we should be taking to raise awareness and promote the book.
Publishing Timeline
  • Chapter submission window closes April 19, 2020
  • Final drafts will due TBC
  • Target date for book launch TBC


Calls for Contributions for this book are now closed.


Your responses can be edited after you have exited the form. Using the same device, simply click the above link to reopen and edit your previous responses.

We are very excited by this project and look forward to hearing from you.


Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, and Alexandra Whittington


Fast Future Publishing







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