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.
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On Saturday the 10 August I’ll be live in Finsbury Park celebrating its 150 year anniversary, by thinking about its future. It’s been a fantastic project to work on and I’m really chuffed with my story, Long Live the Strawberries of Finsbury Park, and I’d love you to join me for the reading.
This is the blurb…
“Gather round and listen to two short stories emerging from the heady mix of sci-fi authors (Mud Howard and Stephen Oram), scientists and the folk of Finsbury Park. Come and decide if these are the futures you want for your park?”
Times: 11.30, 2.30
There’s loads of other great stuff going on too – take a look at https://www.furtherfield.org/future-fair/
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It is with great pleasure that I can announce Share the Future, a public event on 3 June (tickets on eventbrite)
As regular readers of this blog know, I’ve been working alongside scientists and future-tech folk for a couple of years as part of a project with King’s College London. They do the science and I do the fiction. In fact, Christine Aicardi who leads the project wrote the foreword to my new collection.
These collaborations have been really interesting and have produced some great fiction for public events and some has made it into my new collection. Two of the scientists, Claire Steves and Danbee Kim, have each written an expert response at the back of the Biohacked & Begging.
This is what Claire and Danbee have to say about sharing…
“Openness and lack of secrecy in research reduces the chance that good ideas are only exploitable by private entities.” Claire Steves.
“Hard-working humans who acknowledge how subjective, how painstakingly slow, how human the endeavour of building, organising and sharing knowledge is and needs to be – that will be the beginning of solving our problems, and the first step for anyone who truly wants to be curious.” Danbee Kim.
So, we’d love you to come along and join the conversation on 3 June. Tickets are free, but you need to book.
Find out more about the project, its impact and the background to Zygosity Saves the Day which came out of working with Claire and TwinsUK.
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