The article I wrote for the Spring 2020 edition of the British Science Fiction Association magazine Focus is now available on Medium.
It starts with the question: “Is it true that dystopias predict doom-laden futures and utopias inspire better futures?”
It ends with a quote from Laurie Penny: “Right now, the future seems dark and frightening and it is precisely now that we must continue to imagine other worlds and then plot ways to get there.”
What comes in between can be found here.
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Dystopia sucks all hope away: Utopia give false hope. Which should we write, and is it a binary choice?
It’s a well-known saying among writers that you have to read to write. I imagine that’s the same for any craft – the more you see of other people’s work the better your own becomes.
I’m in the fortunate position at the moment of being the lead-curator for a series of science fiction events themed around the near-future (links to them are on my future events page). This means that not only do I get to read all the submitted stories and choose the best with my co-curator, I also get to hear the authors read their stories on the night.
And, it may sound like a cliché, but it really is a privilege.
Talking of which, it’s also incredibly pleasing that Vector, the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association, has published an article on the thinking behind these Near-Future Fiction events.