Simon Roberts visits Desert Blast, a pyrotechnics competition held deep in the Nevadan desert. San Hecht and Kim Colin, now retained designers of MUji, take us through their unique vision of a future defined by soft technology. Jason Burke, the Guardian’s Africa correspondent, opens up his experience travelling the world. Fiction from Elmore Leonard. Rikki Rocket, drummer of the US rock band Poison, relives the Glam years.