Very happy to announce that my story “As If We Could Dream Forever” is part of this year’s Best New Singapore Short Stories anthology, edited by the amazing Pooja Nansi (founding editor Jason Erik Lundberg, published by Epigram Books). Set 150 years in the future, this piece deals with the concept of Free Will and using humans as receptacles for AI automation, teenage angst, and extending National Service to young women. It originally appeared in Volume 17 of the Quarterly Literature Review of Singapore.
If you are in Singapore tomorrow, please come to the launch of BNSS Vol. 4 at the 2019 Singapore Writers Festival. The event will be moderated by award-winning poet and author Cy Rai, editors Pooja Nansi and Jason Erik Lundberg will also engage in conversation with writers like Shreya Acharya, Nidhi Arora any myself about the ingredients that make up a remarkable Singaporean story.
Deets: 9 Nov, Sat 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM at the Arts House Living Room
While you are there please drop by my other events and say hello.
- [Conversations] Is Science the New Religion?
Sat, 9 Nov, 11.00am – 12.00pm, Asian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium
Yuval Noah Harari theorized that religion is humankind’s greatest invention. But do spiritual belief and faith still have a place in this age of science and technology? This conversation considers the relationships between science fiction, science, faith, hyperreality, and the future of humankind.
Featuring: Chen Qiufan (Stanley Chan), JY Yang, Tony Estrella
Moderator: Victor Fernando R. Ocampo
- [Conversations] Ruling the Galaxy
Sat, 9 Nov, 5.00pm – 6.00pm, The Arts House, Living Room
When writing about intergalactic empires and space adventures, to what extent do writers need to be mindful of scientific plausibility? Should they abide by space travel rules at all? Three writers discuss why they’ve chosen to set their stories in space and how they’ve imagined an entire interstellar universe.
Featuring: Victor Dixen, Boey Meihan, Victor Fernando R. Ocampo
Moderator: Jason Erik Lundberg