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Oram, Stephen

Entry updated 27 May 2024. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1962-    ) UK editor, anthologist and author whose first novel, the Near Future Quantum Confessions (2014), energetically engages in the kind of focused Thought Experiment sf that marks his work as a whole; in this case, a radical transformation of society into a world without community-based sanctions (see Libertarian SF) generates well-argued difficulties. Fluence (2015) is set in a Dystopian London where individual status is officially established through measurements of impact upon the Media Landscape. His short fiction, beginning with the tales assembled in Eating Robots and Other Stories (coll 2017), is often couched with near-aphoristic brevity (see Flash Fiction), usually with a Satirical edge; targets (or subjects of interest) include AI, Robots, Cultural Engineering and "advances" in Medicine.

All Tomorrow's Futures: Fictions That Disrupt (anth 2024) with Benjamin Greenaway, perhaps the most interesting of his Anthologies, represents the outcome of a symposium-like discourse amongst its protagonists, whose interwoven speculations and fictions can be understood as creating a series of test Predictions, narrowly but sharply conceived (see Futures Studies). [JC]

Stephen Oram

born Kettering, Northampton: 22 July 1962


collections and stories

works as editor


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