Thomas R. Weaver
Behind The Book
Thomas R. Weaver
I write stories about tomorrow to help make sense of today.
I used to be a tech entrepreneur. I ran a startup, and regularly spoke on big stages to tell people about what the future held. It went well and we sold it.
In the past years, I’ve been watching the world break in little ways, seeing us become more polarised, and worrying about our ability to face the challenges coming our way.
I see sci-fi as a way of exploring all that, partly as a way for me to make sense of it all, and hopefully to help others make sense of it all too. I also see it as a way of creating a sense of (sometimes) optimism and wonder about the future, when it can often seem so bleak.
It’s near-future sci-fi, too, not thousands of years into the future when we face different issues, but tens of years from now when we face the crescendo of today’s issues.
More than anything, though, I’ve always loved stories, have always wanted to write stories, and now have the chance to fulfil that ambition. Stories make my world go round.
It’s Roald Dahl’s fault. When I was seven, I read the BFG. Remember the scene where Sophie reads the description of a dream of writing a book so exciting that no-one can put it down? Airline pilots are getting lost. Drivers are crashing.
I wanted to write that book. I want to write page-turners. If I achieve nothing more than giving one person the experience within the BFG’s dream, I’ll have succeeded. Hopefully without the car crashes, though.
Follow me on Twitter @tom_weaver for my thoughts on where the world is headed. Writing sci-fi, I’ve researched and discovered some fascinating things, many of which never make it into my fictional book(s). They deserve to be seen, though, and I think you’ll find them as interesting as I do.
To the future.