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Lasting Labours | Near-Future Fictions

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Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions on the theme of 'Lasting Labours.'

Due to society’s advancement, changing economic systems, and shifts in what the population demands, the world of work will change seismically in the near future. Some jobs will become obsolete, others will change radically, and new roles will emerge. The changes, though, will not be limited to work alone. New industries may be born, new methods of exchange introduced, or entirely new economic systems developed.

Show us what goods we may be trading with, what currency we may be using, how industries may be created or altered, or what roles we may be employed in (if at all) by the time the future becomes the present. You may also wish to consider how, and in what, we will be educated and trained so as to succeed.

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

Allen Ashley is a British Fantasy Award winner. He is the author or editor of fourteen published books, the most recent of which is an updated, revised version of his novel The Planet Suite (Eibonvale Press, 2016). He is also known as a poet, singer, event host and cultural critic. He works as a creative writing tutor, with five groups currently running across North London including the advanced science fiction and fantasy group Clockhouse London Writers. He is currently overseeing an editing project on behalf of the British Fantasy Society.

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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