Who I am?

I’m called Vivienne Raper and I’m a 40-year-old Brit, living in London. I’m currently working part-time as a journalist and copywriter while looking after a tiny baby, a small internet-troll-in-training and a large dog. I’ve written for publications including the Wall Street Journal Europe, Science Careers and How It Works magazine. I have an ill-advised PhD in climate change monitoring and a equally-poorly-advised MFA in creative writing.

I’m a science writer with a specialism in healthcare and life science tech, . However, I will happily write about almost anything. I was once hired by a private individual to write a brochure describing a conspiracy theory behind the Lockerbie bombing.

To ask me about a writing project, please visit my professional website.

I also write sci-fi, crime and thriller. I have a novella The Long, Dark Goodnight in Terra Nova: The Wars of Liberation (Tom Kratman’s Carrera’s Legions spin-off anthology). My short story On the Trail of the Sugenhound is due to be published in The Founder Effect, also by Baen Books, later this year.

I read omnivorously, everything from The Finkler Question to Married with Zombies.  My favourite authors include Dan AbnettRobert Wilson, Brian MooreRaymond Chandler, James S. A. Corey, China Mieville, C.J. Sansom, and Joe Abercrombie.

Why set up F.L.T?

I stopped reading SF&F in 2014 because much of it was uninteresting as a fiction of ideas.  With some exceptions, the books and short fiction I read was dystopic, sentimental or backward-looking. There were a lot of overdone tropes, such as zombies or medieval fantasy.

In early 2015, I bought a supporting membership to Worldcon as a result of reading about the Hugo Award kerfuffle. I was concerned that a bunch of  reactionary writers were trying to keep me out of SF. I’d been told – at various times – that SF was riven with sexism and it would be hard to publish under my own name.  As it turned out, much of these claims were utter bollocks, but I’d already begun to read the Hugo-nominated entries. I’d never bothered writing short fiction because my own ideas-heavy work didn’t fit the sentimental style of the magazines I’d encountered. Through chatting to people online, I was inspired not only to write my own fiction, but to investigate why I felt so dissatisfied.

The purpose of the blog is to try to link science writing with speculative fiction. Hopefully, I might inspire someone to write some cool SF&F.

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