Virtual Futures: ‘(Dis)ease of the i-Mortal.’ 20/02/18

Virtual Futures are hosting an event on 20th February: Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions Vol. 04 on the theme of ‘(Dis)ease of the i-Mortal’, curated by Allen Ashley and Stephen Oram.

Born of earth or brought back from far away, biological or viral invasions or diseases can affect humans on any scale; from protecting or plaguing an individual to becoming an epidemic that affects us all. Our authors take on a topic that Literature has meditated on from its inception; from Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, to Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, to Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, to Camus’s The Plague, to King’s The Stand.

They will show us the good, the bad, but not the bland; and predict the future of infection and infestation in any of its various forms. What is the nature of the diseases, contagions or contaminations have in store?

The event features a special presentation by Clarke-award winning author, Geoff Ryman. Geoff also won the BSFA Best Non-fiction Award in 2017 for “100 African Writers of SFF”.

Other authors and contributors include:

  • Allen Ashley: “Do Not Exceed Stated Dose”
  • Antoine Saint Honore: “Cholesterol 5.9 BigFLY”
  • C. R. Dudley: “Toxic Duck Inc”
  • David Turnbull: “The War that Ended Yesterday”
  • Ian Steadman: “Transmissions from the Vitality Pod”
  • Jessica Laine: “L-One-LY Virus”
  • Mark Huntley-James: “Fat of the Land”
  • Stephen Oram: “The Queen’s Heart”

Where: LIBRARY London (Main Room), 112 St. Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BD

Tue 20 February 2018, 18:30 – 21:00 GMT

Tickets £6 available from Eventbrite here.


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About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

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