Who I am?
I’m called Vivienne Raper and I’m a 37-year-old Brit, living in London. I’m currently working part-time as a journalist and copywriter while looking after a little boy and a 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 vague specialism in environmental science and health technology. 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.
I also write SF&F, crime and thriller. I’m currently ‘writing’ a far-too-complex SF-crime novel set on an Earth colony in the far future. When I say ‘writing’, I mean ‘learning the art of fiction by endlessly revising the first few chapters until I stop sucking’. I expect to finish in the second week of never.
I read omnivorously, everything from The Finkler Question to Married with Zombies. My favourite authors include Robert Wilson, Brian Moore, Raymond Chandler, James S. A. Corey, China Mieville, C.J. Sansom and Joe Abercrombie.
My DeviantArt page is here.
To ask me about a writing project, please visit my professional website.
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.