Naturally, each and every story in my new collection, Biohacked & Begging, has a background story behind it.
The final story (and the one illustrated above) is Placodermi Protection which came from the combination of two threads I was thinking about when I wrote it.
The story started to form after listening to Jaron Lanier, where one of the things he talked about was using virtual reality to experience things that are ‘other’ to the normal. Something different to the tired ‘swimming with dolphins’ type of VR.
Alongside this I’d become interested in zombie neurons, the neurons that are present in the fetus but die at birth because they relate to aspects that evolution has seen the back of, such as wings on sheep mites.
And so, the world of virtual reality for babies and biohacked fish was born.
If you’re in London on 9 April, you can hear the first public reading of this at the near-future fictions event, Boundless Bodies.