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Fictions: Health and Care Re-Imagined

Thought-provoking and challenging, Fictions: Health and Care Reimagined presents world-class fiction intended to inspire debate and new thinking among practitioners and policy-makers.

21st July 2020 about a 3 minute read

The Authors and the Artist

Keith Brooke

Keith Brooke‘s first novel, Keepers of the Peace, appeared in 1990. Since then he has published eight more adult novels, six collections, and close to 100 short stories. For ten years from 1997 he ran the web-based science fiction, fantasy and horror showcase infinity plus (www.infinityplus.co.uk), featuring the work of around 100 top genre authors, including Michael Moorcock, Stephen Baxter, Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe, Vonda McIntyre and Jack Vance. His most recent novel, Harmony (published in the UK as alt.human), is a big exploration of aliens, alternate history and the Fermi paradox, shortlisted for the Philip K Dick Award.

Anne Charnock is the author of four novels including Dreams Before the Start of Time, winner of the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award. Her debut novel, A Calculated Life, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K Dick Award and the 2013 Kitschies Golden Tentacle award. The Guardian featured Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind in “Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015”. Anne’s novella, The Enclave (NewCon Press), won the 2017 British Science Fiction Association Award for Short Fiction.  Her writing career began in journalism, and her articles appeared in The Guardian, New Scientist, International Herald Tribune, and Geographical, among others.

Stephen Palmer is the author of 17 genre works, including Memory Seed (Orbit 1996), Glass (Orbit 1997), Beautiful Intelligence (2015), Tommy Catkins (2018) and The Conscientious Objector (2019, described by the Guardian as “Stunningly inventive … a thought-provoking and thoroughly offbeat alternative history of the first world war”). His short stories have been published by Wildside Press, Spectrum SF, Newcon Press, Solaris, PS Publishing and others. In 2019, Newcon Press published a collection of short stories, Tales From The Spired Inn, set in the world of Memory Seed.

Liz Williams is a science-fiction and fantasy writer living near Glastonbury, England, where she is co-director of a witchcraft supply business. She has been published by Bantam Spectra (US) and Tor Macmillan (UK), and her work appears regularly in Asimov’s Science Fiction and other magazines. She is the secretary of the Milford SF Writers’ Workshop, and also teaches creative writing. Her novel Banner of Souls was shortlisted for the Philip K Dick Award, along with three previous novels, and the Arthur C Clarke Award.

Vincent Chong is a freelance illustrator and designer living in the UK. Since 2004 he has worked for clients around the world on a wide variety of projects ranging from book and magazine illustration to concept art for film and TV. Vincent has been a recipient of multiple British Fantasy Awards and also a World Fantasy Award for Best Artist.

“We are thrilled to be working with Keith Brooke and the fantastic group of sci-fi authors and artist he has assembled. Published once per month, their stories will explore a range of near-future scenarios in health and social care, examining implications for people on the ground: patients, carers, practitioners and all those close to them.” Dr Josefine Magnusson