New Modality Catalyst:
Louis Evans, Science Fiction Author
Louis Evans is a science fiction writer living and working in New York City. His work has been published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Interzone, Escape Pod, and other markets. You can read his speculative fiction story, "Baboon, Brain, Brick," in Issue One of The New Modality.
How would you present your bio?
I am a writer living and working in Brooklyn, lately of the San Francisco Bay. I have not been hit on the head with a brick, which perhaps explains my occasional pessimism about human history.
What are some of your own favorite past projects? Why do you feel great about them?
I've been published in Analog, Escape Pod, and Interzone, as well as Battery Candy. I co-founded the SF Bay's Cliterary Salon (a monthly literary show focusing on work not traditionally prioritized in the mainstream), won BAHFest West twice (BAHFest is a festival devoted to Bad Ad-Hoc Hypotheses), won Shipwreck twice (Shipwreck is a literary erotic fanfiction event), and wrote a choose-your-own-adventure game about the 2016 election, "You Are Hillary Goddamn Clinton" — many of these feats alongside my partner, the artist Pol Morton.
“The mass mobilization of youth in Hong Kong pushing for democracy in the world's largest country is vitally important.”
What's a current cultural edge you're excited to see people pushing?
The mass mobilization of youth in Hong Kong pushing for democracy in the world's largest country is vitally important, as is the global mobilization of youth to fight climate change.
What’s your biggest, most out-there dream of a better world?
Innovation seems to me to be less a question of genius than circumstance. The most concrete example I turn to is Newton and Leibniz's simultaneous discovery of calculus, but really, pick your golden age. If that's true, perhaps there are environmental conditions that we might adjust, or at least husband, to drive the rate of human progress radically higher than its present already super-high level.
What's your favorite thing about The New Modality?
Right now, I'm just excited that this is coming into being! I feel like we're in a bit of a fallow period when it comes to exciting new publications and I'm thrilled to see the NewMo leaping into the gap. Can't wait to find out what my new favorite thing is next!
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This profile was edited by Michael J. Seidlinger, print and digital producer of The New Modality.