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Hardcover | $4.75 Trade | £4.95 | 352 pp. | 4.75 x 6.25 in | 200 color illus. | October 2008 | ISBN: 9780262113250
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Alphabet City

Alphabet City is a series of annual hardcover anthologies originating from Toronto, Canada. Each volume in the series addresses a one-word topic of global concern and draws on the diverse perspectives of writers and artists from many cultures and disciplines. Each book is a graphically rich and textually surprising combination of images and texts that critically and imaginatively reinvents the topic at hand.


Alphabet City Magazine 13
Edited by John Knechtel
Introduction by John Knechtel


How will the world work in the pos-toil, post-coal future? Our transition could take the form of disastrous collapses in economic, political, and economic systems--or of a radical reinvention of energy. We could relapse into a new Dark Ages, or we could shift to a new economic model and international order that’s not based on (the appropriately named) “fossil” fuels but on renewable energy. No matter what, global warming and resource scarcity will force us to do something. To avert environmental and economic disaster, we’ll have to think beyond the weekly fluctuations in the price of gasoline and consider larger matters. In Fuel, writers and artists imagine the transition to a carbon-free future: an architect plans “Velo-city,” a network of elevated bikeways; a designer models a perfectly internalized, tail-chasing energy system; an urbanist examines the new "Oil Cities" in Dubai and Saudi Arabia; a photographer documents the social and environmental damage done by the oil industry in Nigeria; and an architect proposes that oil rigs be turned into sanctuaries for marine and avian wildlife. Reading Fuel, we read our current energy moment in the broader context of a range of possible futures.

About the Editor

John Knechtel is Director of Alphabet City Media in Toronto.


“...the book’s narrative, conceptual designs, and imagery evoke constructive thought about our mismanagements, current dilemmas, and future imperatives (e.g., innovation, sustainability, and stewardship) without the fear mongering of global warming proponents. The book is a good read!”—Dennis M. Filler, The European Legacy