Hopeful sci-fi novelists rejoice: it turns out, your speculative fiction might carry currency in the corporate realm, thanks to SciFutures. If you’re okay with selling out, you could stand to make some money with that creative writing degree after all.

SciFutures pays writers to envision the future through “sci-fi prototyping” as a predictive model for corporate clients including Visa, Ford, and PepsiCo. CEO Ari Popper told the New Yorker that the consulting firm deals in “corporate visioning,” which means that the stories they produce for clients aim to guide the companies in the right direction when it comes to innovation.

This collaboration might strike science fiction fans as odd, given the fact that the genre’s stance on corporations has, at times, been distinctly negative. Corporations are the driving force of conflict in some of sci-fi’s most prominent offerings, from Jurassic Park’s InGen to Alien’s Weyland-Yutani.

John Hammond, you monster! 

SciFutures also counts branches of another long-vilified entity amongst its clientele: West Point, the U.S. Navy, and NATO have all utilized the services of SciFutures’s writers’ panel.

According to The New Yorker, SciFutures editor Trina Phillips outlined some of the stories that she and other writers produced for NATO, with a range of scenarios that sound like Black Mirror episodes: soldiers dosed with pheromones that induce fear in enemies, a video game where the killing is real, and so forth.

One could also argue that science fiction is not the most accurate predictor of the future. Bladerunner is set in 2019, and unless some major shifts take place, modern robotics is nowhere close to producing androids that are as hot as Daryl Hannah.

It is difficult to predict the future when there is so much that is uncertain in the present. What is the nature of our modern dystopia? To some, the societal impulse towards instant gratification runs parallel to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, while the rise propaganda and, perhaps, fascist tendencies in the American government remind others of George Orwell’s 1984. Or maybe the present isn’t like either of the two books everyone had to read in high school because in this age of interconnectivity our worldview is more multifaceted and unpredictable than ever before.

But determinative nature of speculative fiction aside, it’s clear that companies with an eye towards technological innovation dominate the current corporate landscape. All five of the most valuable brands, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook, deal in tech.

Tech companies have quickly eclipsed competitions in other markets as the most valuable brands. 

And if those tech companies are willing to pay writers to help “accelerate [their] innovation curve,” why not take advantage of the opportunity? A well-written proposal could even end up shaping the future, in some small way, in your image.

You can apply to be on SciFutures’s writers’ panel here.

Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House advisor, has been raising eyebrows on social media, but not in the same ways as her father. Instead, Ivanka has recently begun to follow figures and personalities that many would consider falling far left of center.

The mysterious follows add to the speculation that Ivanka is serving as a liberal voice, and liaison, to liberal Americans, or at least provide insight into Ivanka’s personal interests in liberal figures.

The white nationalist rally held across the street from the White House this weekend was vastly overshadowed by counter-protestors, as exhibited by a photo posted to the r/pics subreddit that shows “fewer than 40” white supremacists in attendance. After last August’s deadly rally in Charlottesville, North Carolina, “Unite the Right 2” was relocated to Lafayette Square via Facebook Messenger chats. The photo saw more than 54,000 “upvotes” on the site in the space of 21 hours.

Travis Scott, the rapper and father of Kylie Jenner’s baby, is in the throes of the release of his new Astroworld album, but a controversy ignited on Instagram may threaten to overshadow the new music.

So what’s the big deal? Here’s what you need to know.

It’s little surprise that MoviePass is practically dead. The subscription service allowed users to watch one movie in the theaters per day for only $10 a month and ended up not being financially sound. Luckily, its introduction into the market caused other companies to offer similar services, which may be worth picking up once MoviePass completely fades away.

A post that reached the top of Reddit on Thursday today offers a glimpse of what could have been, had the world heeded warnings of climate change when William Taft was still president. A “Science News and Notes” column printed exactly 106 years ago, titled “Coal Consumption Affecting Climate,” serves as a stark reminder that it’s never too early to worry about global warming.