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Interrogating the Future
07 March 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions on the theme of ‘Interrogating the Future.’

How can we develop an alternative discourse to the evangelisation of technology by the tech-elite? Hear stories that comment on technology, science and the future in a ways that both inspires and capture the imagination. In the words of Frederick Pohl, “A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.”

Join us for an evening that incorporates original reading, performance and live art as Virtual Futures continues its mission to to reassert the significance of science fiction as a tool for navigating the increasing technologization of society and culture.

Special Presentations

Opening Keynote from Dr. Helen Marshall

Helen Marshall is a Lecturer of Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University and the general director for its Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her first collection of fiction Hair Side, Flesh Side won the Sydney J Bounds Award in 2013, and Gifts for the One Who Comes After, her second collection, won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2015. She is currently editing The Year’s Best Weird Fiction to be released in 2017, and her debut novel Everything that is Born will be published by Random House Canada in 2018.

Authors & Contributors

Christine Aicardi, Senior Research Fellow, Human Brain Project Foresight Lab, King’s College London

Christopher Butera, Graduate, University of London’s Creative Writing and Publishing MA

Nicola Fawcett, Clinical Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford

Jane Norris, Royal College of Art, Design Writer

Stephen Oram, Science Fiction Author

Jule Owen, Science Fiction Author & Technology Consultant

Sitraka Rakotoniaina, Very Very Far Away (VVFA)

Britta Friederike Schulte, PhD Computer Science, University College London

Rohit Sharma, MA Visual Culture, London College of Communications

Vaughan Stanger, Science Fiction Author

Ian Steadman, Science Fiction Author

A. Umbra, Unknown

Jamie Watt, Events Organiser, Ronnie Scotts

(Listed in alphabetical order by last name.)


07 March 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Virtual Futures