Call for Pitches: Issue 09, Nature

We are soliciting pitches for an upcoming issue of Logic.

Logic is a magazine about technology and society that publishes three times per year. We're trying to ask the right questions about how technology works, and whom it works for. Learn more about the magazine, and read our manifesto, at logicmag.io.

We’re seeking reported articles, features, essays, and profiles. We pay $150 for shorter essays of 1000-1200 words, and $400 for longer features of 2000-3000 words and up.

Pitches should be 1-2 paragraphs describing the piece you would like to write. When writing the pitch, some suggestions of things to think about and communicate to us are:

  • Why is this pitch specifically appropriate for Logic?
  • Why are you the right person to write this?
  • What are the stakes of this story? Why should the reader care, and keep reading?
  • How specifically will you pull it off? With what sources, archives, interviewees, etc.? (It is helpful to provide links showing you doing this sort of work in the past, if available.)

We typically review pitches in a batch during the month after the deadline, so do not be alarmed if you don't hear back from us immediately.

Issue 09: Nature

Nothing under the sun is not made. In this issue, we will investigate nature in the broadest sense. Every philosophy of technology needs a philosophy of nature—or better, several. In any tool, the nature of the user meets the nature she might use that tool to shape. Then again, nature in the colloquial sense—meaning what came before us and will outlive us—could hardly seem more distant in an era of rapid, catastrophic change that seems to shrink the past to the vanishing point and make it harder to imagine a habitable future. We change our nature as we change our tools, and our tools change us.

Possible topics include: surveillance animals and experimental subjects, models of mind, machine learning-enhanced weather forecasting, the carbon footprint of the cloud, CRISPR babies, disaster capitalism, storm socialism, preppers, Yuval Noah Harari, Tamagotchi, technofossils, outer space.

Please send pitches to pitches@logicmag.io by May 3, 2019, with the subject line "Pitch: Nature Issue."