Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions on the theme of ‘Post-Brain.’
As technology gets smarter and smarter, the human brain is forced to reflect on itself in the mirror of the future and question what value it will have in a world in which wet tech, cerebral hacking and commodified consciousness could reign. A world not of enhancement or augmentation, but replacement. Authors will enquire what the future of our most precious organ will be, while they still have one.
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.
Curated by Vaughan Stanger and Stephen Oram
Vaughan Stanger, formerly an astronomer and more recently a research project manager in a defence and aerospace company, now writes science fiction and fantasy full-time. His stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Postscripts, Nature Futures and Interzone, amongst others, and have been translated into seven foreign languages. He has recently completed a near-future SF novel.
Stephen Oram writes science fiction. He’s been a hippie-punk, religious-squatter and a bureaucrat-anarchist; he thrives on contradictions. He has two published novels, Quantum Confessions and Fluence and is in several anthologies. His recent collection, Eating Robots and Other Stories, was described by the Morning Star as one of the top radical works of fiction in 2017.
18:30pm – 19:00pm: Registration & Drinks
19:00pm – 19:20pm: Special Presentation (TBC)
19:20pm – 20:00pm: Science Fiction Readings
20:00pm – 20:10:pm: Break
20:10pm – 20:45pm: Science Fiction Readings
20:45pm – Close: Drinks & Networking
The LIBRARY London is a members’ club tailored to the design, literary and theatre worlds. Find out more: http://LIB-RARY.com
Virtual Futures (Est.1994) is a Community Interest Company (CIC). Ticket sales help to cover costs of the event including filming and documentation.