Where do you get your ideas from is a question often asked of authors, particularly speculative fiction writers. A question seldom fully answered because it’s more difficult than it appears.
“I don’t know, they sort of come to me,” is not a good answer, but true in part.
“I spent five years undercover in a cutting edge medical facility,” is also not a good answer, mainly because it’s not true. Except for when it is of course.
Here’s my answer for a story that has just been published by The Centropic Oracle as an audio piece read by a professional actor.
So, how did Happy Forever Day come about?
Firstly, I was intrigued by listening to Aubrey de Grey at a Virtual Futures event titled End Aging (https://www.virtualfutures.co.uk/salon/end-aging).
Secondly, I ran a survey to find out people’s attitudes to living forever, in particular what age they’d like to stop aging and why.
Then I mulled stuff over and wrote Happy Forever Day. I hope you enjoy the story and the way that Rob Gillespie brings it to life.
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If you’re looking for alternative bedtime stories or flashes of near-future fiction to infiltrate and steer your dreams then look no further.
In no particular order, pick the one you fancy and then take one a night or binge on the lot, the choice is yours…
- Everyday Stims: drugs for work, for play & establishment hypocrisy
- Make Me As You See Me: extreme body modification
- Loans for Limbs: who owns the tech in your body?
- I Want To Be Pure For Him: purging memories for a new lover
- The Never Ending Nanobot Nectar: the future of sex and drugs?
- Pumped Up Presidents: the descendants of Trump and Putin
- Effort Less: valuing work differently
- The Queen’s Heart: if we could converse with our organs
- The Potential: a surveillance butler follows your lover
- The Blockchain Blues: democracy muggers and micro-voting
- Placodermi Protection: new born babies, VR and ancient fish
- Modified Manhood: fertility food and the Procreators
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Here’s a piece of near-future fiction touching on the themes of isolation, privacy of thought and love.
US (Unified Sentience) by Stephen Oram and read by the wonderfully talented Gigi Lynch.