Arthur Smid

Advance Praise for You Will Win The Future

"Like the best speculative fiction, Arthur Smid's You Will Win The Future had me vacillating between feeling that the world described was quite familiar and then trying to reassure myself that it was a preposterous exaggeration. If this isn't our world, quite, it certainly shines a light on and amplifies our world's tendencies. I traveled along with these sincere, questioning characters and found myself so suspicious and fearful—yet ultimately hopeful that there may still be people who can use technology's inhuman tools to return us to a more human state." —Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment, adapted into the award-winning movie Leave No Trace

"An ambitious and revealing novel." —Beth Lyons, editor and co-founder of Northwest Quest Publishers

"As philosophical as it is playful, a novel that envisions gamified cities in a gamified world of the not-so-distant future—a brow-furrowing critique of humankind's messy relationship with technology and the capitalism of catastrophe." —Evan P. Schneider, author of A Simple Machine, Like the Lever

"A clear picture of how technology, company culture, and prosperity could be redefined in the near future." —Eric Corey Freed, architect and principal of organicARCHITECT

"Something rare: a software development drama that escalates into a pensive allegory for the gamification of capital and the subjugated positions many American cities are in because of it. Think Fortnite for real estate." —Matt Dan, artist and co-founder of Night Time Science

"This city blazes a new path of equitable economic opportunity." —Holly Balcom, PDX YIMBY housing advocate

"A reinvention of how technology and civics (and really everything) intersect." —Mike Merrill, the world's first publicly traded person

"Arthur’s book gives an insightful perspective on the transformative power of technology, and the urgent need for those of us working in the tech industry to put our talents to use for democracy and equality, not extraction and manipulation." —Petter Joelson, co-founder and co-director of Digidem Lab, a nonprofit based in Sweden developing methods and tools for participatory democracy

"Explores big ideas about what it means to be a citizen when individuals only in it for themselves are allowed to make the rules for everyone. Thoughtful, speculative takes on finance, healthcare, and modern work culture." —Mike Vogel, writer and filmmaker, creator of Phrenic

"Visionary!" —Sarah Murray, founder of Place Technologies

"Fascinating and satiric." —Cornelius Swart, director and producer of Priced Out: 15 Years of Gentrification in Portland, Oregon

"A rare civic-minded SF novel that doesn’t depend on the crutch of a jury-rigged dystopia to bear the weight of its social critique." —David W. Edwards, former Oregon legislator and the creator of Nightscape

"Equal parts terrifying and optimistic." —Michael Heald, author of Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension

"Persistently intelligent and insightful." —Justin Hocking, author of The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction

"An ambitious debut novel that explores the collision of technology and money, and asks whether it’s possible to redefine both for the betterment of all." —David Wolman, author of The End of Money

"Realistically compelling novel about a possible path to a more just future." —Carl Abbott, professor emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and author of Imagining Urban Futures: Cities in Science Fiction and What We Might Learn from Them

You Will Win The Future, a story of speculative finance and natural disasters set in Portland, Oregon Rainbow colors on the cover of a novel called You Will Win The Future.


ENTERING THE FINAL FRONTIER of economic mobility, Shane scores a job in tech. They merge a massively multi-player online video game with an investment fund to buy up property after the Cascadia earthquake. The founders are betting on disaster and as Shane gets exposed to the sociopaths inside the company, he begins to passively rebel—but he’s very reluctant to quit. After years of being unable to leverage an indie game he made into a real business, this is his chance to learn. It’s an opportunity to move out of his folks’ house, and his partner does truly need the company health plan. Wealth is their only protection in 21st century America. And yet Shane would rather help create a platform for digital work with real benefits, social solidarity and mutual aid. Can humankind create a new economy?


Shane is a college drop out and indie game savant—when his team discovers the founders preparing for a crack up of civilization, they rebel. You Will Win The Future is about an eccentric group of people creating a worldwide platform for shared prosperity.

Release Date

November 1st, 2019 from Desiderata, a micropress based in Portland, Oregon.

About the Author


Arthur Smid is the author of You Will Win The Future, a story of speculative finance and natural disasters set in Portland, Oregon, his hometown.


Arthur Smid does outreach and community support for nonprofits. He grew up in Eugene and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1996, moving to Portland in 2000. In the aughts, he taught English to speakers of other languages in Japan, Portland, and Spain. He became a member of the Independent Publishing Resource Center in 2002 and printed his first two novels using the Espresso Book Machine at Powell’s. Integrating creative writing to work in technology, he collaborates with software developers and designers to advance progressive causes.


Arthur Smid is the author of You Will Win The Future, a story of speculative finance and natural disasters set in Portland, Oregon, his hometown. He created the characters and story in collaboration with web developer Andy Hoffman and coded his personal website ( with help from Andy and Ask-a-Dev. Arthur does outreach and community support for nonprofits, managing social media for Bear Trust International and contributing to a local chapter of Code for America.

He grew up in Eugene and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1996, moving to Portland in 2000. After a nine month trip through Mexico, Guatemala, and South America, he trained as a language teacher in 2002 and took a job in Japan. Returning to Portland he taught English to youth from Latin America, and during the 2007–08 school year he worked as a language coach in Madrid, Spain. At the Independent Publishing Resource Center he collected his poems, and he printed two novels using the Espresso Book Machine at Powell’s.

In writing about technology, he explores how people can collectively shape the tools they use. An advocate of open source software for citizen participation, he has researched platforms used in Reykjavík, Madrid, Barcelona, and Taiwan. Working to adapt the software developed by the City of Madrid, he has installed Consul ( with a team of volunteers and technical support from the core developers. The Portland-based researcher who created Considerit has also advised them on participatory political process.

Arthur speaks about money, power, justice, care and repair, community technology and governance, topics and ideas explored in his book and, if you have any interest in scheduling an event, please contact him.

Arthur Smid standing in the North Park Blocks in Portland.

Photo by Nathan Bobey (attribute to, and click on image for high-resolution press photo).