These are events where I’ll be reading, sometimes helping to run and occasionally giving an opinion.
16 January 2018 (7pm to 9:30pm): Unsung Stories Live – science fiction, fantasy, horror and all the other stuff that makes that fluffy nerdy bit of you quiver like a tribble. [Kings Cross, London]
20 February 2018 (6:30pm to 9pm): Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions Vol. 04 on the theme of ‘(Dis)ease of the i-Mortal‘. [Library Club, Central London]
19 March 2018 (7pm invite only): Launch of Jule Owen’s “The Kind”. I’ll be on panel of fellow writers, futurists, and scientists to explore the purpose and challenges of imagining the future. Jule’s book skirts a line between dystopia and utopia. The panel will discuss why it is so hard to imagine utopias, and the role of dystopia in provoking much-needed debate about how we are shaping the future with the science, technology, and industry of today.
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23 March 2018 (2pm to 5pm): First annual Human Brain Project Innovation Forum | reading from Eating Robots and Other Stories [Science Museum, London]
28 March 2018 (19:00): British Science Fiction Association | reading from Eating Robots and Other Stories [The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8N]
12 April 2018 5pm to 7pm (live streamed): Strange Brains, Alien Minds by Transforming Future Science through Science Fiction. Transforming future science through near-future science fiction is a collaboration between King’s College London’s Department of Global Health and Public Policy, writer Stephen Oram and Virtual Futures, supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s.
17 April 2018 (6:30pm to 9pm): Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions Vol. 06 on the theme of ‘Tomorrow’s Battles‘. I’ll be reading a new story – “Capitalist Crumbs” [Library Club, Central London]
15 May 2018 (6:30pm to 9pm): Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions Vol. 07 on the theme of ‘Post-Brain‘. I’ll be reading a new story – “Cracked” [Library Club, Central London]
13 June 2018 (18:30 to 20:30): Science meets Science Fiction, a panel discussion and short-story readings on using near-future science fiction to foster transformative conversations between scientists and other audiences. [Waterstones, Tottenham Court Rd, London]
24 June 2018 (7pm): Enfield Literary Festival – readings as part of The Clockhouse London Writers Presents (Dugdale Theatre, 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS)
27 June 2018 (7pm): London LASER Labs #2 Liminal Bodies – I’ll be reading and taking part in a panel exploring the intersection of the body and technology, ideas of the cyborg and speculative future narratives. (Central Saint Martins, London, N1C 4AA)
6 July 2018: BBC Radio Leeds interview about the Robo-pocalypse (1 hour 42 minutes in)
8 July 2018 (1:30 to 2:45): Bradford Literature Festival | Robo-pocalypse, a panel on the current state of technology, how far it can go, and whether this fundamentally changes our understanding of what it means to be human. [Richmond Building, University of Bradford]
9 July 2018: Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence lunchtime seminar – “Scifi author Stephen Oram talks about his collaboration with Bristol Robotics Lab and the Human Brain Project that led to the SciFi flash fiction, Eating Robots. He will read a selection of near-future fictional thought experiments on AI and robots, including Eating Robots, and ask whether these are the things we should be worrying about.” [private event]
Speaking at events
If you’re looking for a speaker at an event, here’s an idea of the sort of things I’m up to.
Recently, my focus has been on collaborating with experts to understand the work that’s going on in neuroscience, artificial intelligence and deep machine learning. From this I write short pieces of near-future science fiction as thought experiments and use them as a starting point for discussion between me, scientists and the public.
Examples of this are a project with Bristol Robotics Lab and the Human Brain Project for the Bristol Literary Festival (short version & full version), a collaboration with the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour and the Transforming future science through near-future science fiction project with King’s College London.
I discussed these projects as part of a panel at the Science in Public 2017 conference: “The imagination of possible scientific futures has a colourful history of interaction with scientific research agendas and public expectations. Emphasizing fiction as a method for engaging with and mapping the influence of possible futures this panel will discuss the role of science fiction historically, the role of science fiction in the 21st Century, and its potential as a method for engagement between scientific researchers and publics.”
I’m happy to speak about my collaborations, about what’s interesting to me as a fiction writer and to use the science fiction to inspire discussion about what might happen when ‘messy’ humanity collides with slightly faulty tech and creates those cracks in the code.
I can also run workshops for event attendees who would like to have a go at writing a very short piece of fiction.
If you want to get in touch, the easiest way is to complete the short contact form below. Some alternative options are listed underneath.
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