There’s a lot we don’t know about our possible futures, but one thing we do: it’s got a software glitch in it, in the voicemail system, which is sending their voicemails back to our time. As these futurismo objects we call chronofacts. Huh. Weird.
During the Fourth Chronofall (Feb-May 2014), people helped the Coasters find these voicemails – hundreds of them. The Coasters published them on this site, where anyone can listen to them and imagine the futures they must have come from.
(In reality, FutureCoast is a storytelling project about possible climate-changed futures. Anyone who wanted to could express their ideas of possible futures by recording it as a voicemail on our phone line. FutureCoast is thus a way to listen to diverse ideas about climate-changed futures and to be open to crowdsourced wisdom about them. Learn more about the collaborative storytelling game at FutureVoices.net, read our national press, and watch our post-game video.)
Listen to voicemails
The leak in space-time opens in 2020 and closes around 2065. We are hearing voicemails made in possible futures during these years. From just plain folks like you.
Click on a voicemail to listen to it. Use the timeline at bottom to narrow or widen the year range of voicemails displayed.
Make timestreams (playlists)
We need help seeing the patterns in the voicemails from our futures. Select a few for a mixtape: what story do they tell?
Click the on a voicemail to add it to your Timestream. You can only work on one Timestream at a time. Be sure to publish before you leave our site!
Catch up on the story
Hi, we’re the Coasters. There’s Alex and Billy Dan and Shelly and Sam, with Finch doing the podcast and pKnot and Troubledoor helping out on the technical side.
Just plain folks, mostly. You can chat with us on Facebook and Tumblr and Twitter and whatnot if that’s how you roll.
If you've found a chronofact, please send us a picture. Or ask us anything, at