It’s down to four: These are the designs that will advance to the next round of New Zealand’s flag referendum. Now the public will rank these four designs in a November vote. But which fern will win?
In May New Zealand opened the floodgates for a crowdsourced design to replace its century-old flag that started flying when it was still a British colony. Today, the country has announced a “long list” of 40 finalists, and most of them include one of two motifs that both represent ferns.
This is a fascinating conversation between Scottish SF author Ken MacLeod (Intrusion, The Execution Channel) and British historian Francis Spufford, which took place just a couple of weeks before last night's historic vote on Scottish independence.