Tealight Talks - "Futures" Part 1
Each month, the editors of Tealight Press interview each other with questions based on the months theme. For our first ever 'Tealight Talks', Sash interviews Matt on Tealight's topic for August, "Futures."
What's your favourite future as depicted in fiction?
Surprisingly, I found this the hardest question to answer. So much of what I read and watch is set in the past. A book I really enjoyed recently was the Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, which is set in 2059. It centres around a character named Paige who is a clairvoyant and who works in the criminal underground in London. She's part of a ragtag group who all commit treason by using their powers. It's more of a dystopian than anything, so maybe not a future I would like to actually visit, but definitely a fun future to consider from the safety of today! I love anything to do with found-family and secret societies, and this book very much has that vibe. It sounds scary but who knows, if in the future I develop any special powers then maybe I'll consider treason too if I get to exercise them!
Imagine sending a message in a bottle to the past. What would you say to the version of yourself from fifteen years ago?
Fifteen years ago, I was in my early teen years which as everyone knows is a difficult enough period of life to navigate without the added pressure of being queer. I would say "The things you keep desperately hidden are going to be the things you treasure the most." It's vague enough that if anyone I knew found it, it doesn't explicitly out me, but maybe it's suggestive enough they'd offer support!
Sum up your hopes for the future in a single sentence
I hope in the future I can give more of my time, effort and support to my closest friends.
Make a prediction for ten years from now, about anything
We will make contact with aliens!
What's one mystery you want humanity to solve one day?
It's hard to pinpoint just one. I'm obsessed with anything true crime related, specifically in relation to women of the past who've been victims of crime and their stories have had no resolution. I spend a lot of time mulling over the injustice of these stories, and I would love more cold cases to be solved. If I had to pick one specifically, for no reason other than it being one that has played on my mind a lot, is the case of Jack the Ripper. It's less to do with an interest in wanting to know who he was specifically but I think knowing who he was would clear up a lot of the manufactured tourism around him. I read a great book earlier this year, The Five by Hallie Rubenhold, which explored the lives of the five victims of those crimes, all of which were hugely misreported by the press at the time. This misinformation took grip and has mutated and spread until we get the story we all know today, which focuses almost solely on 'Jack.' I think if we knew truly who he was, the air of mystery would dissipate and the story would become less frivolous, and we could acknowledge the tragedy of the crime rather than the mystery. I hope that one day we know he was was, so the world can know who they were.