The Orphan Master's Son: Adam Johnson

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There’s a reason why militaries include speculative writers on their think tanks – if you can think it, you can create it. Often ahead of their time, some of our most lauded writers have imagined futures that have come to pass, including Mary Shelley’s pandemic fiction The Last Man; Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, which described modern submarines long before they existed; and George Orwell’s 1984, conjuring up something akin to drone surveillance. Two of our most imaginative speculative fiction writers – Elizabeth Knox, internationally acclaimed author of books including The Absolute Book and co-editor of anthology Monsters in the Garden, and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner Lee Murray, author of Grotesque: Monster Stories and Blood of the Sun – discuss why speculative fiction is the new black, and the perfect vehicle for grappling with tomorrow’s challenges. In conversation with Dan Salmon.

Sun, 28 Aug 2022

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