Category Archives: In the press

Looking Forward Together

A few days ago I received the Winter 2021 issue of Focus, the British Science Fiction Association’s magazine for writers. In it was my article, Looking Forward Together, about the projects I’m involved in with technologists, scientists and artists.

I thought long and hard about the title, wanting to convey that this is a multi-disciplinary endeavor. As the introduction from the editor says, “Here he explores the synergies between expertise in the science disciplines and expertise in genre fiction.”

For those of you who are members of the BSFA – I hope you enjoy reading it and that it prompts a thought or two.

Stop the Dystopia, I Want to Get On.

The article I wrote for the Spring 2020 edition of the British Science Fiction Association magazine Focus is now available on Medium.

It starts with the question: “Is it true that dystopias predict doom-laden futures and utopias inspire better futures?”

It ends with a quote from Laurie Penny: “Right now, the future seems dark and frightening and it is precisely now that we must continue to imagine other worlds and then plot ways to get there.”

What comes in between can be found here.


photo credit: MU Hybrid Art House http://www.flickr.com/photos/36256936@N04/49803647563

Signposts to a post-pandemic future.

In an article just published in the British Science Fiction Association’s magazine Focus, I write about how near-future science fiction might help us see and take a different fork in the road to our future.

However, given that the trick with near-future fiction is to extrapolate from the present, the particular difficulty at the moment is knowing which elements of the changes we are undergoing will stick.

Here’s an excerpt that you may have views on: “… the world feels less sure, more transient to use a term from Future Shock, and it’s probable that there will be an increase in the number of people that will be able to accept science fiction as plausible. Unless they are more sceptical because they associate science fiction with dystopia and they feel they know what a true one of those looks and feels like.”

Do you feel more or less inclined to see near-future fiction as a way of thinking about the future?