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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Imagining Future Scotlands

A surprising proportion (now that I come to think of it) of my stories are set at least partly in Scotland -- of the novels, the only exceptions are The Cassini Division, Dark Light, Engine City and Learning the World, and all but the last of these have characters whose adventures began in Scotland. I explored some of the reasons for this in an essay, The Future Will Happen Here, Too in an issue on Scottish speculative fiction of The Bottle Imp, ezine of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

I'll be talking about how I (and other SF writers) have imagined future Scotlands, reading from my latest novel Descent, being interviewed by Barbara Melville and answering questions tomorrow evening (Wednesday 15 July, 7 pm to 8.30 pm) at a Scottish Writers' Centre event at:

Scottish Storytelling Centre 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR 19:00 – 20:30

Tickets £6 (£4 conc) here.


Ken Macleod, "The Future Will Happen Here Too": HTML, PDF

What a wonderful, evocative story, Ken! I love it :)"...still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland; as we, in dreams, behold the Hebrides."

Thanks EF - link fixed!

And thanks, little sis :-)

Sometimes I wish I lived in Edinburgh. Not often, mind. Oh, and that life wasn't so busy presently that it takes me over a week to read blogs . . .

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