Published in Overland Issue 220 Spring 2015 Uncategorized Editorial Jacinda Woodhead ‘The global capitalist system is approaching an apocalyptic zero-point,’ Slavoj Žižek observes in Living in the End Times. For Žižek, the four riders are climate change, biogenetics, system imbalances (from intellectual property to water as a resource) and ever-increasing social divisions. Perhaps belief in the apocalypse is not only for fundamentalists: there are many moments one feels these might be the final days of capitalism. There are only so many billions of people it can exhaust, so many planets it can devour. According to Žižek, we must move through Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s five stages of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance; after that, we arrive at enthusiasm for our own emancipation from capitalism. This special extended edition of Overland is a record of urgent moments, pieces that read like messages from Žižek’s four riders – Luke Stegemann on Europe’s inevitable disintegration, Jason Wilson on coming to terms with the planetary changes humans have wrought, Anwen Crawford on ageing residents struggling to keep their community, Jennifer Mills on what happens to a city post apocalypse, Ken MacLeod on utopias and dystopias, and David Lockwood on life under surveillance. There is also the essay that catalogues the recent mass killings of women; the writer remains anonymous because we live in a time when it’s dangerous to be a feminist. There are more personalised views of worlds ending in the fiction by Omar Musa and Zahid Gamieldien, while the poetry bends language to make new realities. In this issue, it is a great privilege to be publishing the winners of the Overland National Union of Workers Fair Australia Prize, which asked entrants to imagine a more equitable society. Congratulations to the winners. Lastly, thanks to all the contributors, editors, designers, volunteers, and the National Union of Workers and its members for their support of this issue. Jacinda Woodhead Jacinda Woodhead is a former editor of Overland and current law student. More by Jacinda Woodhead Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 27 March 2023 Culture Before ChatGPT, there was Rekognition: How Amazon’s algorithms control which books you see Claire Parnell almost fifteen years after approximately 57,000 books by and about LGBTQIA+ folks disappeared from Amazon’s search results, bestseller lists and sales ranks, the company’s algorithms are still unfairly targeting books by historically marginalised authors, including queer folks and people of colour, and controlling how readers can discover them. First published in Overland Issue 228 24 March 202324 March 2023 War Conga line to Armageddon: the rush to get us into a war with China Ben Brooker It shouldn’t need spelling out that Australia could not win a war with China in any sense that matters, even with the backing of the US and its allies. At best, such a victory would be a Pyrrhic one. At worst, we would be so utterly humiliated as to not even know what kind of defeat had been inflicted upon us.