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Boundless Bodies | Near-Future Fictions

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Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions on the theme of 'Boundless Bodies.'

Bodies are often a product of the environment in which they are situated. Likewise, minds are partially shaped by both what they receive from the world around them, and the receptors that they use to process reality.

There is no guarantee that the Earth will be able to maintain its current ecosystems, or that the living beings of this world will remain on this planet. We are asking authors to consider how brains or bodies may adapt to different physical circumstances, and whether these changes will occur naturally or synthetically.

They may spin stories of manipulated creatures, novel forms of consciousness, distorted landscapes, or altered beings. They may also consider how lifestyles could be altered, minds may function, or bodies may be changed or even created.

Submit Your Stories

Stories should be no longer than ten minutes reading time (around 1,000 words for stories). The author should be available to attend the event, preferably to read their work although alternative readers can be found.

Submissions should be emailed as attachments to: fiction@virtualfutures.co.uk

Submission Deadline: Sunday 02 December 2018

Please follow the guidelines:

  • Use the following email subject header template: Near-Futures Fiction, [Title of Work], [Name of Theme]
  • Include your name and title of your work in the document name using the following format: [Surname],[Firstname]_[TitleOfWork].doc (e.g. Doe,John_MyScienceFictionStory.doc)
  • Ensure attachments are editable file formats.
  • Please include a 50-word biography in the same document as the story.
  • Include any social media handles (Twitter etc.) and website if applicable.

Submissions for more than one theme are very welcome, but not multiple submissions for the same theme. Please send a separate email for each submission.

Successful authors will be notified in January 2019.

Curators

Jule Owen was born and raised in Merseyside and now lives in London. She works in technology by day and writes science fiction and stories about future worlds by night. She is interested in the way that science fiction and science and technology inform and inspire one another.

Stephen Oram writes science fiction and is lead curator for Near-future Fictions at Virtual Futures. He enjoys working collaboratively with scientists and future-tech people; currently, he’s the cultural partner in a collaborative project with scientists at King’s College, London – they do the science he does the fiction. He’s been a hippie-punk, religious-squatter and an anarchist-bureaucrat; he thrives on contradictions. He is published in several anthologies and has two published novels, Quantum Confessions and Fluence. His recent collection of sci-fi shorts, Eating Robots and Other Stories, was described by the Morning Star as one of the top radical works of fiction in 2017.

Schedule

18:30pm - 19:00pm: Registration & Drinks
19:00pm - 19:20pm: Special Presentation
19:20pm - 19:45pm: Science Fiction Readings
19:45pm - 20:00pm: Break
20:00pm - 20:30pm: Science Fiction Readings
20:30pm - Close: Drinks & Networking

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Virtual Futures (Est.1994) is a Community Interest Company (CIC). Ticket sales help to cover costs of the event including filming and documentation.

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