Whether to write dystopian or utopian stories is an ongoing choice for science fiction writers and something I’m often questioned about. I’ve been pondering this for a while and my thoughts to date are featured in this month’s Focus, the British Science Fiction Association’s magazine for writers.
As the editor says, “Stephen discusses the implications for writers and also explores whether it’s a binary choice between the two.”
PS this was written before the current crisis, but it’s probably even more pertinent now.
Some of the short pieces of near-future fiction that appear in my collections or that I’ve blogged about come from projects I’ve worked on with scientists and technology experts.
If you’d like to know more about the projects, such as what they are, who they’re with, why I do them and how they run, then select projects from the menu above.
As well as those mentioned on the projects page I have two new ones that I’m scoping with King’s College London at the moment, both of which involve writing competitions. I’ll say more here when I can, but it’s also worth keeping an eye on my events page.
And just to round off… a lot of my near-future fiction is inspired by the science, the technology and the people I come across during these projects, not just the stories that come directly from them. I’m very privileged to get these behind the scenes opportunities and I’m grateful to everyone who makes them happen.