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The future is bright...or is it? Step into a high-tech vision of the future with author of 'Quantum Confessions' and 'Fluence' Stephen Oram. Featuring health-monitoring mirrors,... Read more
The future is bright...or is it? Step into a high-tech vision of the future with author of 'Quantum Confessions' and 'Fluence' Stephen Oram. Featuring health-monitoring mirrors, tele-empathic romances and limb-repossessing bailiffs, 'Eating Robots' explores the collision of utopian dreams and twisted realities in a world where humanity and technology are becoming ever more intertwined. Sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always with a word of warning, these thirty sci-fi shorts will stay with you long after you've turned the final page.
Stephen Oram writes thought provoking stories that mix science fiction with social comment, mainly in a recognisable near-future. As 2016 Author in Residence at Virtual Futures, once described by 'The Guardian' as "the Glastonbury of cyberculture", he was one of the masterminds behind the new Near-Future Fiction series and continues to be a lead curator. He's keen on collaborating with scientists and future-tech people to write short stories that provoke debate about potential futures; the title story, 'Eating Robots', came from working with the Human Brain Project and Bristol Robotics Laboratory. As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk. In his early twenties he embraced the squatter scene and was part of a religious cult, briefly. He did some computer stuff in what became London's silicon roundabout and is now a civil servant with a gentle attraction to anarchism. He has been published in several anthologies, has two published novels, Quantum Confessions and Fluence, and a collection of shorter pieces of work, 'Eating Robots and Other Stories'.
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