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Laura Lam

Originally from sunny California, Laura Lam now lives in cloudy Scotland. Her next novel is the feminist space opera, Seven Devils, co-written with Elizabeth May. Lam is also the author of the cyberpunk Pacifica novels: BBC Radio 2 Book Club section False Hearts and the companion novel Shattered Minds. Her fantasy is the award-winning Micah Grey series Pantomime, Shadowplay, and Masquerade. Lam’s short fiction and essays have appeared in anthologies such as Nasty Women, Solaris Rising 3, Cranky Ladies of History, an upcoming interdisciplinary project about Scotland in Space through the Edinburgh Futures Institute, and more. She lectures part-time at Edinburgh Napier University on the Creative Writing MA.

My Sessions

Life Doesn’t Come with Trigger Warnings, Should Books?

Black Box
Panels

Should books that address racism – like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” or “To Kill A Mockingbird” – have to be preceded by a note of caution? Do sexual images from Greek mythology need to come with a viewer-beware label? There is major debate. Do trigger warnings give a useful “heads up” to content that […]

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Fighting the Future: How Reality is Shaping Science Fiction

Black Box
Panels

Culture is, of course, always entangled with the moment in which it is produced. How is our current reality shaping the stories we tell? Writers the world over are, right now, sitting at their desks frantically trying to parse out the shape of what’s to come. The disconnect between creation and context  –  the world […]

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Plotting Plausible Futures: A Scientific Approach to Creative Writing

ME.REKA Makerspace
Workshops

How do you create a believable future, especially as current events shift so rapidly? Will this future be bright, dark, or a gloomy grey? Laura Lam, a writer and a lecturer on the Edinburgh Napier Creative Writing MA, will detail the various aspects of worldbuilding a near future by layering possibilities onto our current infrastructure […]

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