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Near-Future Fictions Vol. 04 | Virtual Futures Salon
Tue 4 July 2017, 18:30 – 21:00 BST
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.
Join us for an evening that incorporates original reading, performance and live art to explore the possible consequences of the latest scientific developments. Together we will question what it means to be human in the 21st Century.
This month’s theme: 'Stimulation & Stimulacra'
Imagine the technological developments that will redesign the organs and processes that drive human reproduction. How will the future play with our methods and conceptions of sex, sexuality or gender? Tease us with your stories of permuted propagation, innovative intercourse, superb or screwed-up sexual organs and automated androgyny.
Virtual Futures has a long history of hosting a range of renowned fiction authors including Alan Moore (Author of Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Pat Cadigan (Queen of Cyberpunk and the Author of Synners and Fools), Arthur & Marilouise Kroker (Editors of CTHEORY), Hari Kunzru (Author of Transmissions), James Flint (Author of The Book of Ash), Rachel Armstrong (Author of The Gray's Anatomy), Gwyneth Jones (Author of Bold As Love) and O(rphan)d(rift>). We look forward to having you join our distinguished alumni.
Each event includes an unannounced special guest(s).
Submit Your Story
We are seeking submissions from established and aspiring authors. Submissions should be 1000 words or fewer (5 - 7 minute reading time) of speculative near-future fiction. We also accept submissions of stories that take the form of musical performance, a performable script, live art intervention or other provocations. Please e-mail us with details and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
If you don’t want to read your own work please let us know and we will partner you with an actor/ performer. Authors are expected to attend on the night their story is read.
Please limit one story per submission.
DEADLINE: Tuesday 20 June 2017
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Include the following details:
Title (of the Story):
Short Biography of the Author: (150 words)
Theme/ Summary: (4 Keywords)
Story: (MS Word (.doc, .docx) or .rtf document ideally with 1.5 or double spacing.)
Full Story or Extract (Extracts must work as a stand-alone pieces)
Published or Unpublished
Author Reading or Actor Reading
IMPORTANT: Virtual Futures will make an audio and video recording of your story that will be published onto our website so that everyone can enjoy it. We make no claims of copyright over any of these stories and release all content under a creative commons licence. If this is an issue, please email us and we will be happy to discuss.
We're looking forward to reading your visions from the future!
Perform a Story
We are looking for actors, performance artists or enthusiastic volunteers to perform stories on behalf of our authors.
If you are interested, please e-mail an expression of interest to email@example.com
All stories are filmed and made available online and to performers to use in their portfolios.
About the Venue
The Lights of Soho, London’s newest art gallery and member’s lounge, is now open, operating as a cultural hub for Soho’s creative community and the global home of creative neon and light art formats. Find out more: http://lightsofsoho.com
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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.