Stack at home: Visions, December 2019
For our last delivery of the decade, we sent out the second issue of literary science-fiction title Visions. It’s a magazine that makes you think not so much about what the next 10 years will bring, but the next century.
For anyone not already massively into the genre, Visions is far from your average science-fiction title. This is clearly a personal project, but Mathieu Triay — who edits, designs and publishes Visions — doesn’t publish his own writing. He curates a mix of science-fiction luminaries and promising newcomers, arranging the works so that their ideas can rub up against one another. The form of the literature is important too — the first issue contained a series of ultra-short stories written in collaboration with a machine, and in this issue the task is passed back to a human being. Author M John Harrison was challenged to write Colonising the Future: 10 stories of 100 words each, which can be read in any order and which are scattered throughout the magazine, starting from page six.
Mathieu began the project by creating Marvin Visions, the font used throughout for titles and the Visions logo, and the money he made from licensing it online paid to print the first issue of the magazine. It’s a lovely story, that brings even more charm and character to this magazine.
Below we’ve rounded up some of our favourite bits from social media. Right at the bottom you’ll find our December subscriber of the month…
Visions’ “Visit earth: wish you were here” postmarking detail is beautifully photographed here. We particularly like the flowery carpet peaking through!
— Ian McMillan (@IMcMillan) December 10, 2019
A great spread from the inside, offering a “kaleidoscopic view of ourselves”.
Our last @StackMagazines of the year has arrived, Visions of Humanity examines a “kaleidoscopic view of ourselves.”💥Our designers shared this with the team due to its relevance as we enter the NewYear. What does the future of creativity look like with technological advancements? pic.twitter.com/UVGdwZa5po
— weareCLICKON (@weareCLICKON) December 16, 2019
3. Good company
Visions is one of a juicy pile of magazines in this picture by Elissa, in Lyon.
Back in Lyon for the holidays and I've got a couple of lovely mags to read ft. @LWLies's Uncut Gems issue and the second issue of Visions sent by @StackMagazines – (also, can you spot my ma's mini-mag?) pic.twitter.com/KtbdI9ZcPR
— Elissa (@elissaxam) December 17, 2019
We love this. We also love the leopard print.
DROOLING over this sci-fi lit magazine. @StackMagazines you've done it again. If anyone is grasping at straws over what to get a fellow mag lover for Christmas I highly recommend a STACK subscription. Best present I've ever been gifted 🙏🙏🙏 #NotAnAdJustAGroupie pic.twitter.com/URXu3CauuD
— Flora Muirhead (@flora_muirhead) December 11, 2019
1. New favourites
This is the reaction we want every month. A money-can’t-buy Stack T-shirt is on its way to Bobby now.
uh, @readvisions might be my favourite new magazine…
'A science fiction magazine where writers, designers and researchers of the past and the present come together to explore the future'
— bobby (@eaglemcgill) December 11, 2019