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Floating.point is a monthly literary, art and design ’zine published in Seattle.

We believe that arts and technology are expressions of the same vital energy of the human spirit and are completely compatible. We welcome you to submit your most entertaining and though-provoking attempts at this fusion. Especially if they resulted in explosions.

Floating.point is an integrated ‘zine representing the work of all possible and impossible minds and bodies from neurotypical human beings to trauma-informed neural networks, from mechanical Turks to Bolivian druids, from outsider artists to inside traders, from Afrofuturist romance novelists to Iranian Steampunk cosplay enthusiasts, from a wide range of social justice warriors, sorcerers, bards, clerics, monks, paladins, and wizards. Floating.point aims to deliver to our readers the most fanciful, phantasmal, and polychromatic words and pictures black on white can render.

What makes a Floating.point piece?

Your artwork is a metaphorical stereogram with the left eye lost in a dream and the right eye focused on a printed circuit board; or a hologram of a bubble universe printed on the thin film of an event horizon; or an augmented reality within an online, massively multiplayer, open world roleplaying game. The resulting three-dimensional image is a Floating.point piece.

Your story is set in the future or the past, in corporate offices or a shantytown, told from the viewpoint of an unreliable narrator or a virtuous flimflam artist, through the lenses of a security camera network or the cybernetic eyes of a feline femme fatale. If there is a point of view on the porous border between the fabulous and the mundane, it is a Floating.point piece.

Your design melds a shapeless form with a virtual function, a pattern without repetition, or a practice within a process within a paradigm within a procedure within a policy. If your functional program captures a non-toxic environment, it’s a Floating.point piece.

Your interview with a mad scientist, aesthetic objectivist, ethical marketeer, imaginary number cruncher, air-gapped web developer, digital collection bookbinder, neural networked social media influencer, or globe-trotting introvert amplifies a voice too long silenced. If the dialog both delights and confuses, it’s a Floating.point piece.

If your artwork conforms to this protocol and defies conventions, we invite you to contact us to discuss inclusion in an upcoming issue of Floating.point.


A Short Story: My friend Sean and I were having breakfast at the Lost Lake diner one morning. Over bacon and eggs, we were discussing ways to fix all the problems of the world — as is the usual topic of conversation around any table we sit at. Sean said, “we need an idea vault, a place where people without them can go for good ideas, grab one and get to work on it.” I replied, as I usually do, “that’s a dumb idea.” But later, upon further reflection, I realized I was wrong, as is usually the case. I realized we already have idea vaults: the fantastical arts. How many engineers were inspired by Geordi La Forge? How many linguists were inspired by Nyota Uhura? We return from explorations in our fantasies with new ideas and ideals and we play them out in our lives. Those of us lucky enough to translate our flights of fancy into words and pictures have the opportunity to inspire the next generation. Which seeds of ideas are we going to plant in this fertile ground? How will we nurture their growth? What harvest will we reap?

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