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Vital Signals

I’m exceptionally pleased to be able to announce that the anthology I edited with Dan O’Hara and Tom Ward, which consists mainly of short pieces from Virtual Futures’ events plus some other longer pieces, is now available for pre-order from NewConn Press direct or other outlets such as Amazon.

Published by NewCon Press, this set of stories are:

“A volume of short sharp stories that present alternative or unconsidered visions of the future; stories that draw attention to the potential impact of cutting-edge science and technology on society and humanity.
In addition to established SF authors such as Tim Maughan, Geoff Ryman, Simon Ings, and Ken MacLeod, the anthology features stories by producers, civil servants, artists, and more – delivering a broader appreciation of what the future might hold. 
This is science fiction with intent, providing quick bursts of conjecture and insight, guaranteed to both entertain and stimulate.”

CONTENTS

Introduction – Dan O’Hara, Tom Ward, Stephen Oram

Virtual Persons: Memory Inc. – Anne McKinnon; The Test – C.R. Dudley; Conjugal Frape – Jamie Watt; iDentity – Britta Schulte; Concrete Genocide – Sophie Sparham; The Smile – Simon Ings

Post-Brain: Biohacked & Begging – Stephen Oram; Forever Live – Mark Huntley-James; A Letter From My Celia – Jane Norris; Drug Of Choice – Adrian Reynolds; Anomaly In The Rhythm – Viraj Joshi; Brain Dump – Frances Gow; Brain Gun – Paul Green; Secrets Of The Sea – Jennifer Marie Brissett

Disease: Do Not Exceed Stated Dose – Allen Ashley; Not Best Pleased – Geoff Ryman; An Honest Mistake – Tom Ward; The Needs Of The Few – Jennifer Rohn; The War That Ended Yesterday – David Turnbull; L-One-Ly Virus – Jessica Laine; Transmissions From The Vitality Pod – Dan Coxon; Inside The Locked Cupboard – Pippa Goldschmidt; Cholesterol5.9, BigFLY – Antoine Saint Honoré

Conflict: Trial By Combat – John Houlihan; The End Of War – Jule Owen; Why We Fight – Paul Currion; The Changing Man –  David Gullen; Second Skin – Bea Xu; An Excerpt From The Post-Truth And Irreconcilable Differences Commission – Brendan C. Byrne; Safe From Harm – Tim Maughan

Epilogue: [Citation Needed] – Ken Macleod

Looking Forward Together

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.