is a writer using both fiction and non-fiction to explore issues around culture, technology, and the future.
After a decade of writing critically acclaimed short fiction his debut novel INFINITE DETAIL was published by FSG in 2019, selected by The Guardian as their Science Fiction and Fantasy book of the year, and shortlisted for the Locus Magazine Award for Best First Novel.
He also writes for TV and film, including being a story producer and writer for the Emmy nominated Netflix show The Future Of, which he also appeared in. He frequently collaborates with artists and filmmakers, and has written screenplays for short movie projects by Liam Young, Superflux, and Screening Surveillance. His work has been shown at the V&A, Columbia School of Architecture, the Vienna Biennale, and on Channel 4 TV in the UK.
His non-fiction writing and analysis has been published by the BBC, Esquire, MIT Technology Review, New Scientist and Vice, and has included in-person reporting from massive container ships and factories in China, alongside features and commentary on subjects as varied as fashion in the Metaverse and the political impacts of large, complex systems. In 2015 he was the receiver of the Seahorse Award for Supply Chain Journalist of the Year.
Tim also runs a consultancy practice where he uses fiction to help organisations and companies think and talk critically about the future, issues like climate change, and emerging technologies such as AI and augmented/virtual reality. Clients include the World Health Organization, IKEA, Volkswagen, ARUP, and Canvas8.
Over the last decade Tim has been invited to speak at various events and conferences, including presentations and readings at MUTEK, Princeton, reSITE, Amsterdam Dance Event, the Centre for Investigative Journalism, Data and Society, Theorizing The Web, and the Filba literary festival in Buenos Aires.
Originally born in the UK he now lives in Canada, where he can usually be found walking, listening to and making electronic music, and playing VR games. Contact him at email@example.com
SELECTED WORKFor a more complete list see Tim's portfolio
- The Invisible Network That Keeps The World Running(BBC)
- The Changing Face of Shenzhen, The World's Largest Gadget Factory (Vice)
- The Funko Pop! Is the Mascot of Nerd Imperialism That Will Outlive Us All (Vice)
- The Modern World Has Finally Become Too Complex for Any of Us to Understand (One Zero)
- The Future Of (Netflix/21 Laps/Vox Media)
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