“The more we surround ourselves with technology, the more uncanny our lives become. Enter Stephen Oram: with Bradbury’s clear-sightedness and Pangborn’s wit, he pulls ways to live out from under modernity’s “cacophony of crap”.”
Simon Ings, Arts Editor, New Scientist.
“Oram is a soothsayer for this century’s relationship with technology. His stories will take you on a wild ride through the infinite consequences of advances in IoT, AI and more but be warned: his stories leave a mark.”
Chris Thornett, Editor Linux User & Developer Magazine.
“Both Kubrick’s exhibition and Oram’s collection should set the rest of us thinking about science and its possible repercussions.”
Chris Nuttall, The Financial Times
“Stephen Oram combines the sharp edginess of a JG Ballard with the vaulting inventiveness of a modernist Ovid […] the least didactic writer around […] a thoughtful entertainer. An author rapidly establishing himself as the leading voice on how technology may determine the ways in which societies and individuals are structured in the years to come.”
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.
I was at the gym the other day, which is a strange experience for me. There were people pushing large tractor tires around the room and it made me wonder. If we spend our time replicating work from a past generation to keep fit, what might the gym of the future look like? Will it be rows of desks with people exercising their typing fingers now voice activation is ubiquitous? Or maybe machines with three pedals and a steering wheel?
Emails to PITH subscribers are infrequent and fairly random, but always short and pithy.
I’m not particularly public about it either – avoiding the ‘subscribe now and get a free gift’ approach. However, from time to time I let people know it exists, hence this post.
I’m inspired by the people I meet, the science I’m exposed to and the tech that might become, but it’s unusual for me to use art to inspire my near-future fiction. So, it was interesting to be asked to write a piece for Hallidonto’s latest exhibition – Cyborg Cadavers.
I read the blurb and pondered, studied the art and pondered and then had a few too many beers with the artist. Then, I let all that sink in and allowed a story to surface.
The result was Death Life Transfer and in the video below you can watch me reading it at the opening night of the exhibition, along with other contributors and Hallidonto himself.
“Are we the fallen and in what image will be the re-imaging of our flesh.” Hallidonto 2019.
Hallidonto’s work explores these themes in an attempt to answer the complex questions that ever-evolving technology poses to humanity. In his latest work, ‘Cyborg Cadavers’ a series of nine pencil works that explore the very of concept of the body, and if we don’t choose wisely, we won’t be in a position to select the body we need or for that matter the body that is required. This poses deeper questions of we view ourselves within our technological world. Is the flesh redundant and shall we proceed with the morphological freedoms embedded within the post-humanist/ trans-humanist discourses where alteration and the evolution of body intertwined Halliidonto with other leading, artistic luminaries to explore the rise of the artificially sentient and the ascent of the cyborg. Hallidonto has curated nine speakers to respond to the work and pathos created by the artist.