Advanced SciFi & Fantasy

Writing the 21st century myth

Damien Walter, writer on sci-fi and geek culture for The Guardian, BBC, WIRED and graduate of the Clarion writers workshop, leads a journey into scifi and fantasy storytelling.

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When Damien Walter asked Twitter to name the greatest 21st century myth he got an unexpected answer – from Neil Gaiman himself

“When the 21st century myth comes along, we will know.”

Neil Gaiman

Damien Walter, writer on sci-fi and geek culture for The Guardian, BBC, WIRED and graduate of the Clarion writers workshop, leads a journey into scifi and fantasy storytelling.

For as long as there have been humans, there have been stories. Stories to help us understand our mysterious universe and give meaning to our lives. Stories to give us comfort in darkness and inspire us to reach for the light.

Science fiction & fantasy are the most popular stories of the 21st century. On the cinema screen, in our Netflix streams and in video games, billions of us watch, read and play the amazing stories of scifi and fantasy.

Damien Walter, writer on sci-fi and geek culture for The Guardian, BBC, WIRED and graduate of the Clarion writers workshop, leads a journey into scifi and fantasy storytelling. 

Science Fiction is our modern mythology

As science transformed how we saw the universe, life and human existence, our old myths died. We began a search for new myths to give meaning to the modern world, myths we call science fiction.

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From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 and a thousand stories beyond, great storytellers have crafted new myths for the age of science.  

But as we grow into the 21st century, even the modern myths of science fiction are getting old. The need for new myths for our fast changing world is greater than ever.

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Who will write the 21st century myth?

When Damien Walter asked Twitter what was the greatest myth of the 21st century, he got a surprising answer, from the storyteller Neil Gaiman himself.

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Avengers – all the smash hit sci-fi & fantasy franchises of today are myths of the last century, their values are those of the past 20th, not the future 21st century.

When a truly 21st century myth is written, we will know it.

Who will write the 21st century myth? Will it be Neil Gaiman? Will it be any of the great new writers of today?

Or will it, perhaps, be you?

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Open talks looking at classic works of science fiction & fantasy and the myths they gave to the world.

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Deep dive discussions and writing craft sessions to open up the mythic imagination.

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The chance to get your stories read and to develop further with critical feedback

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Create your 21st century myth and receive course certification.


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Introduction :

Some opening thoughts on Advanced Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Part One

Frankenstein : how a teenage goth invented science fiction.