Stories that explore, explode or exemplify Isaac Asimov’s fundamental laws of robotics: 1) Thou, Robot, shalt not injure a human being or let one come to harm, 2) Thou, Robot, shalt obey all orders lest they conflict with the above law, and 3) Thou, Robot, must protect thine own existence lest this compromises the first two laws. Uncomfortable ethical journeys that leave us questioning whether Asimov’s commandments were adequate, overly simplistic, or perhaps even inimical to their own sentiment.
Join me at the third of the Virtual Futures brand-new events series ’Near-Future Fictions.’ An evening that incorporates original reading, performance and live art to question what it means to be human in the 21st Century.
In the words of Frederick Pohl, “A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.”
Exhibition continues until Friday 28 July
Showcasing alien artefacts, Only Human provides new evidence that we’re not alone! A collaboration of Austrian and British artists and researchers presents extraterrestrial sounds, images, words and objects with a programme of discursive events. In a time in which we are spoon-fed fictions, you are invited to discover the truth.
Featuring work by Olesya Kleymenova (AU), Ernst Miesgang (AU), Lukas Janitsch (AU), Paul Purgas (UK) and Stephen Oram (UK). The exhibition is curated by Laura Prime.
It’s the launch of my new collection of near-future sci-fi shorts, Eating Robots and Other Stories.
Join me for an evening of author and actor readings, as well as responses to the stories from experts in the fields of art and science.
And afterwards, I’d love to say hello and sign books over a drink or two.
Standard £5 ticket includes a copy of Eating Robots.
Imagine the technological developments that will redesign the organs and processes that drive human reproduction. How will the future play with our methods and conceptions of sex, sexuality or gender? Tease us with your stories of permuted propagation, innovative intercourse, superb or screwed-up sexual organs and automated androgyny.
10 July 2017: Science in Public 2017 conference – panel member on “Science and Science Fiction – the role of fiction in imagining the future, understanding public attitudes to technology, and engaging with scientific researchers”
22 June: Hosting a literary event at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour as part of the Fitzrovia Festival – more detail to follow.
Other launch events coming soon for…
A collection of SciFi shorts that take technology and humanity, mix them up a bit and play with their futures. Sometimes dark, sometimes light, but nearly always with a word of warning.
“Perfect bite-size anxieties. Their immediacy makes them compelling, as though they were ripped from tomorrow’s headlines.” Five star review on Goodreads.