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/
photo credit: Rusty Russ Twisted Tree ReTwisted via photopin(license)
In the words of Frederik Pohl, my job as a science fiction author is, “to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.”
I’m sure we all have mixed feelings about the future of robotics and artificial intelligence. I certainly do and it’s such a broad subject that it’s no surprise emerging technologies and science generates big questions. What human activity we value and what it means to be human might not be new questions, but this could be the moment to assess them again.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been spending even more time than usual thinking and reading about robots and artificial intelligence. I’ve outlined some brief thoughts below, but there’s way too much to put into a short blog post like this and others have written whole books about it, not least Max Tegmark in his book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Continue reading