Stephen Oram writes near-future science fiction. He is published in several anthologies, has two published novels and two collections of sci-fi shorts.
He also works with artists, scientists and technologists on projects that explore possible future outcomes of their research through short stories.
He is a founding curator for near-future fiction at Virtual Futures, a writer for prototypers SciFutures and a member of the Clockhouse London Writers.
His work has been praised by publications as diverse as The Morning Star and The Financial Times.
“Combines the sharp edginess of a JG Ballard with the vaulting inventiveness of a modernist Ovid.” Paul Simon, The Morning Star
“Should set the rest of us thinking about science and its possible repercussions.” Chris Nuttall, The Financial Times
“With Bradbury’s clear-sightedness and Pangborn’s wit, he pulls ways to live out from under modernity’s ‘cacophony of crap’.” Simon Ings, Arts Editor, New Scientist.
“A soothsayer for this century’s relationship with technology.” Chris Thornett, Editor Linux User & Developer Magazine.
PROJECTS WITH SCIENTISTS, TECHNOLOGISTS & ARTISTS
“If I would choose one thing that [participating in the project] may have affected, it was my willingness to disseminate our science and our results to the public; I’m more prone to that. I enjoy it more. But I also think it’s more important.”
“Stephen Oram worked in a number of highly engaging ways to encourage residents to imagine future worlds with him. In particular his live reading at our [Furtherfield] Future Fair captivated audiences where he read a section of the story and then hosted a discussion with attendees.”
“There is a public out there hungry for forums where they can explore the complex shades of ethical grey surrounding science and innovation.” Dr Christine Aicardi, King’s College London
Stephen has given talks at ‘festivals of thought’, to corporate and academic audiences, has been on literary festival and future focused panels, and has read his work in public extensively.
Among these are: Barbican FutureFest Late; Finsbury Park Future Fair; Holition; Leverhulme Centre for the Future Intelligence; Bradford Literary Festival; Bristol Literary Festival; Greenbelt Festival; British Science Fiction Association; British Fantasy Society; Royal Anthropological Institute; Central Saint Martins’ London Laser Lab; and the Science Museum as part of the first Human Brain Project Innovation Forum.
Titles include: “Granny how could you: looking forwards, to look backwards, to do better now”; “Does anarchy maintain the status quo?”; “Who decides what is true?”; “Stop the dystopia, I want to get on.”
His most recent has been focused on Writing Near-Future Fiction, taking a closer look at the inspirations behind his short stories. This is suitable for those who are interested in the process of writing and in considering our possible futures.
He is always open and interested in all types of speaking events.