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.
I am guest-editing a special issue of Vector, the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association. We are looking for proposals from academics of all disciplines, and from industry, policy, and practice backgrounds, on the theme of speculative fiction in relation to prediction, innovation, and futures.
We seek contributions that are carefully grounded in research, while also being clear, engaging, and suitable for a broad audience (including non-academics).
Please submit proposals by 5 September 2021; articles will be due by 1 February 2022 – details can be found here.
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.
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