Category Archives: Anthologies

New: 22 Ideas About the Future

I’m extremely pleased to announce the publication of 22 Ideas About the Future.

It’s the book I’ve been co-editing with Benjamin Greenaway for Cybersalon, based around the four events we ran last year on the future of health, community, the high street and money.

It has 22 speculative stories exploring these themes with an afterword for each section by one of the experts. Topping and tailing it is an introduction from Douglas Rushkoff (named by MIT as one of the “world’s most influential intellectuals”), a preface by Cybersalon founder Eva Pascoe and a postface about writing the tales from Dr Christine Aicardi of King’s College London.

Here’s some more info, but you can find out all about it, including all the contributors and how to pre-order, on the Cybersalon Press website.


This collection of provocations from the think tank Cybersalon brings together a blend of near-future speculative fiction and non-fiction commentary from leading experts in the fields of health, community, retail, and money. Together, they shine a light behind the cornerstones of our lives to reveal the unexpected and invite you to cast your critical eye on technology and its effect on society. Be prepared for warnings and inspirations from those who speculate about the future and those who make it a reality.


“The shards from a score of Black Mirrors reflecting future truths, as only fiction can.”
Charles Arthur, author of Social Warming: How Social Media Polarises us all


“Challenging and lively, these short stories will inspire readers to give more thought to the surprising risks and opportunities of pervasive technologies.”
David Wood, Futurist and author of Vital Foresight


“These stories will stop you in your tracks, make you think and spur you into action!”
Jana Hlistova, Founder of The Purse, Host of The Purse Podcast


“When the Western population is lost in a fantasyland of algorithms and abstractions, the 22 tales of speculative fiction in this book are able to provide unique and subversive insights into our possible futures.”
Richard Barbrook, author of Imaginary Futures


“If visions are futures for the heart, here we have much heartfelt foresight into how our lives, our relationships, and our selves, are being transformed by data-fication. These futures feel personal, as they should.”
Tracey Follows, futurist and author of The Future of You


John Doyle Remains

John Doyle Remains was published on 2 May in Abyss: stories of depth, time and infinity, the latest anthology from the always interesting Orchid’s Lantern.

Its opening line – “I had a girlfriend who ate my scabs.” – has caused some powerful reactions.

Orchid’s Lantern publish great work and although I haven’t read all of this anthology yet, I’m sure it’s no exception.

Here’s the blurb for Abyss: “Are we more than the sum of our memories? Does time always pass the same or can it be influenced by thought? What happens to consciousness after death? An exciting new anthology of horror, science fiction and experimental prose exploring these questions and many more.”

Vital Signals

I’m exceptionally pleased to be able to announce that the anthology I edited with Dan O’Hara and Tom Ward, which consists mainly of short pieces from Virtual Futures’ events plus some other longer pieces, is now available for pre-order from NewConn Press direct or other outlets such as Amazon.

Published by NewCon Press, this set of stories are:

“A volume of short sharp stories that present alternative or unconsidered visions of the future; stories that draw attention to the potential impact of cutting-edge science and technology on society and humanity.
In addition to established SF authors such as Tim Maughan, Geoff Ryman, Simon Ings, and Ken MacLeod, the anthology features stories by producers, civil servants, artists, and more – delivering a broader appreciation of what the future might hold. 
This is science fiction with intent, providing quick bursts of conjecture and insight, guaranteed to both entertain and stimulate.”

CONTENTS

Introduction – Dan O’Hara, Tom Ward, Stephen Oram

Virtual Persons: Memory Inc. – Anne McKinnon; The Test – C.R. Dudley; Conjugal Frape – Jamie Watt; iDentity – Britta Schulte; Concrete Genocide – Sophie Sparham; The Smile – Simon Ings

Post-Brain: Biohacked & Begging – Stephen Oram; Forever Live – Mark Huntley-James; A Letter From My Celia – Jane Norris; Drug Of Choice – Adrian Reynolds; Anomaly In The Rhythm – Viraj Joshi; Brain Dump – Frances Gow; Brain Gun – Paul Green; Secrets Of The Sea – Jennifer Marie Brissett

Disease: Do Not Exceed Stated Dose – Allen Ashley; Not Best Pleased – Geoff Ryman; An Honest Mistake – Tom Ward; The Needs Of The Few – Jennifer Rohn; The War That Ended Yesterday – David Turnbull; L-One-Ly Virus – Jessica Laine; Transmissions From The Vitality Pod – Dan Coxon; Inside The Locked Cupboard – Pippa Goldschmidt; Cholesterol5.9, BigFLY – Antoine Saint Honoré

Conflict: Trial By Combat – John Houlihan; The End Of War – Jule Owen; Why We Fight – Paul Currion; The Changing Man –  David Gullen; Second Skin – Bea Xu; An Excerpt From The Post-Truth And Irreconcilable Differences Commission – Brendan C. Byrne; Safe From Harm – Tim Maughan

Epilogue: [Citation Needed] – Ken Macleod