Tim Maughan

Freelance journalist and author

Author, journalist, and features writer using both fiction and non-fiction to explore issues around cities, class, culture, globalisation, technology, and the future. Bylines for the BBC, New Scientist, Matter, Motherboard, and other places.

Winner of the 2015 Seahorse Club award for Supply Chain Journalist of The Year.

Currently freelance NYC contributing editor for New Scientist's Culture Lab.

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Portfolio

Elevated
We asked academics to collaborate with science fiction writers to develop short stories that explored these ideas and the real impact of collective intelligence, of human lives...
Transmission
Six stories of a post-antibiotic future bringing the scale and urgency of the challenge of antimicrobial resistance vividly to life. Infectious Futures features six stories set...
The future of ed tech is here, it's just not evenly distributed
Using design fiction to cut through the relentless TEDTalk-like optimism of ed tech marketing By sava saheli singh and Tim Maughan People talk about the future of technology in...
Special Economic Zone
Over the summer of 2014, writer Tim Maughan accompanied the Unknown Fields Division  - 'a nomadic design studio' lead by speculative architects Liam Young and Kate Davies - on...
Collision Detection
I'll be honest with you, I'm more concerned about your hands than your penis. Two weeks later and he's back in Timo's humming, steel tube. -Okay...-I mean, don't worry or...
Zero Hours
For a workshop on future London, five individuals - Arup, Social Life, Re.Work, Commonplace, Tim Maughan and Nesta-created 10 Future Londoners for the year 2023. This is a short...
Dialed Up
This week, Motherboard is exploring the world of drugs and altered states with Lit Up. So, for today's Terraform entry, here's Tim Maughan with a warped dystopia about the...
Four Days of Christmas
​ In December 2014, writer Tim Maughan published a story in the BBC ​about his visit to the markets and factories of Yiwu , where over 60 percent of the world's Christmas...
Ghost Hardware
Anika starts with broad brushstrokes. A swipe of her hand is enough to brush away the initial debris on the face of the billboard, the hastily scrawled felt-tip pen tags and...
The Water Line
That's what she told me. For real. That's what she said. Detroit. Moving the whole family up there. I said she must be crazy but... Hey! Look at this klutz man. Hey! HEY! Watch...
Is Tim Maughan's Limited Edition the best short story of 2012?
We think so, and we're not alone: the story has been shortlisted for this year's BSFA Award. Judge for yourself: here's Limited Edition in all its great handsomeness, complete...
Your Gaze
"Originally conceived by imagining what the world might look like if we could apply Instagram style colour filters to reality, 'Your gaze, brought to you by our sponsors' ended...
#Burgerpunk
"'Burgerpunk?'" Tamsin squinted at me over the rim of her ironically ugly spex. "And that's...what?" Her eyes aimed down again, I could tell she was reading from some...
Paintwork
Enjoy this reprint of the title story from Tim Maughan's short story collection Paintwork , a collection which also contains the BSFA Award nominated "Havana Augmented." His...

Films/Video

New Subcultures Surface in the Films of Liam Young and Tim Maughan
Architects certainly think of the future when designing buildings, yet few approach their practice like a science fiction author, or even a skeptical futurist. Speculative...
Where the City Can't See: the first movie shot with laser scanners
Directed by speculative architect Liam Young and written by fiction author Tim Maughan and designed 'Where the City Can't See' is the world's first narrative fiction film shot...
This sci-fi film was shot entirely by autonomous drones
Young and fiction author Tim Maughan imagined the story to explore the "drone as a cultural object" -- one that can be both oppressive and liberating as it eventually breeds new...
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Paintwork

Art Projects/Installations

Alternative Unknowns
Chris Woebken and Elliott Montgomery practice together as The Extrapolation Factory here in NYC. They often stage shows, workshops and teach a blend of speculative design...
Drone Aviary
The Drone Aviary - an R&D project from The Superflux Lab - is an investigation of the social, political and cultural potential of drone technology as it enters civil space.
What If Tech Companies Owned Your City?
Imagine a world where Samsung built and owned your residential building, where "patriotism" defined your allegiance to your preferred cell phone manufacturer, not your country,...

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