Interview from FutureEverything 2011 (by Littlestar) #futr11

Sue Thomas Writer and Professor of New Media De Montfort University

For many years Sue Thomas has been inspired by this quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) “Is it a fact – or have I dreamt it – that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?”.

Her first novel, ‘Correspondence’, a story of AI, passion, and transformation, (“packed with thrilling ideas” – Entertainment Weekly), was short-listed for the 1992 Arthur C Clarke Award, and her most recent book is the 2004 cyberspace travelogue ‘Hello World: travels in virtuality’. “Her writings fuse the surfaces, textures, histories and interactions of our bodies and minds” (Robin Rimbaud). She is now working on ‘Nature and Cyberspace: Stories, Memes and Metaphors’, a study of the relationships between cyberspace and the natural world.

Sue has been fascinated by computers and the internet since the 1980s. In 1994 she founded the trAce Online Writing Community, a very early example of global social media. At De Montfort University she devised and directed Amplified Leicester, a city-wide experiment funded by NESTA, and the influential Transliteracy Research Group.

Sue Thomas http://www.suethomas.net/

Enjoy Your Cyberspace http://vimeo.com/28826780

Enjoy Your Cyberspace http://vimeo.com/28826780
See also http://vimeo.com/26959315

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