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Imagine a world where your influence on social media determines your job, your home and your friends. A world without politicians, where the corporations run the country. Set in a... Read more
Imagine a world where your influence on social media determines your job, your home and your friends. A world without politicians, where the corporations run the country. Set in a dystopian London, 'Fluence' is a story of aspiration and desperation and of power seen and unseen. Amber is young and ambitious. Martin is burnt out by years of struggling. She cheats to get what she wants while he barely clings on to what he has. It's the week before the annual Pay Day when strata positions are decided by the algorithms. The social media feed is frenetic with people trying to boost their influence rating, while those above the strata and those who've opted out pursue their own manipulative goals. To what extremes, and at what cost to their families, should Amber and Martin go to achieve the Fluence they desire?
Stephen Oram writes science fiction and is lead curator for near-future fiction at Virtual Futures. He enjoys working collaboratively with scientists and future-tech people - 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.
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