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This paper provides a sound foundation for autonomous objects communicating by remote method invocations and futures. As a distributed extension of ς-calculus we define ASP fun , a calculus of functional objects, behaving autonomously and communicating by a request-reply mechanism: requests are method calls handled asynchronously and futures represent awaited results for requests. This results in an object language enabling a concise representation of a set of active objects interacting bydoi:10.1016/j.scico.2010.12.008 fatcat:5ry772fd2bhpzjztbxbkb7ufvy