Jonathan Oliver Science and Science Fiction Monday 19 June 2017, 6 - 7.30pm Sheldonian Theatre Jonathan Oliver is the Editor-in-Chief of Solaris, Abaddon Books and Ravenstone, at Rebellion Publishing. His is the author of two novels and has appeared in a handful of anthologies.

Jonathan Oliver

Science and Science Fiction
Monday 19 June 2017, 6 - 7.30pm
Sheldonian Theatre

Jonathan Oliver is the Editor-in-Chief of Solaris, Abaddon Books and Ravenstone, at Rebellion Publishing. His is the author of two novels and has appeared in a handful of anthologies.

Jonathan answers our questions

What attracted you to science fiction writing?
The endless possibilities; the huge canvas on which to play out your ideas. Also, SF talks about our hopes and aspirations for the future, and our fear for the present, in a way many other literary forms don’t address.

What part of writing do you find the most challenging, and why?
The actual writing. Filtering out the many distractions life offers you, and getting down to putting pen to paper. As the father of two young daughters, my actual free time to write is pretty rare. Once I motivate myself to write, I’m always glad I managed it, but I never ever find it easy to get going.

What – about responses to your work – has surprised you most over the last few years? 
Surprised is probably the wrong word, but as I write mainly weird fiction and horror, or very dark SF, the fact that people have picked up on the core of humanity in my tales has been very gratifying.

What type of destination is your go-to to unwind / go off-grid?
Somewhere nice and hot like Majorca. A nice villa with a pool, accompanied by family and friends and a suitcase full of books.