Tom Hunter
Tom Hunter is a marketer, writer and director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature.

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Entries by Tom Hunter

After the Apocalypse: Dr Lewis Dartnell Shares His Toolkit for Rebuilding the World

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 10:52 AM

"I think you should band together with all the advertising executives and style consultants and see just how long you last..."

I've just asked scientist and author Dr Lewis Dartnell how transferable he sees my hard-won PR and Marketing skills would be in the sort of post-apocalyptic scenarios he imagines...

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Has Science Fiction Invaded the Museum Sector?

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 4:39 AM

I have a theory we're in the middle of a stealthily infiltration of our treasured museums and galleries by what I can only describe as the alien DNA of science fiction.

Now, before you skip to another page muttering about tinfoil hats and too much exposure to late night...

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Is Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed Season a New Model for Bringing Politically Charged Theatre to the West End?

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 10:26 AM

London's Theatreland has always been a staging ground for artistic split personalities.

On the one side you have a parade of crowd-pleasing musicals where big budgets equal big ticket prices but also a guarantee of high production values and stage spectacle (unless you're one of the unlucky ones who...

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How Thinking Like Steve Jobs Is Helping Write the Future of the Arthur C. Clarke Award

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Last year I was invited to represent the Arthur C. Clarke Award in a panel discussion on science fiction book prizes, talking alongside the organizers of the BSFA Awards, the Kitschies and the Hugo Awards.

Somewhere in that conversation I found...

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How Kickstarter Supports Creative Risk and Reward

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 7:00 PM

I've never met Chuck.

I live in London, he lives somewhere in America.

I'm a bit sketchy on the precise details of exactly where he claims to live, but that's okay and, regardless of this shocking lack of personal information, I recently decided I'd enjoy the opportunity to...

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Three Cheers for the Olympics Volunteers

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 7:00 PM

"Where have you come from?" asked the smiling Olympic Park volunteer as my girlfriend and I approached her to take a picture of us grinning madly in front of the main Olympic stadium.

Clearly all the volunteers had been well trained in the art of making visitors to London feel...

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The Making of Harry Potter: Inside Warner's New Studio Tour

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 7:00 PM

When the conversation turns to favourite books, those people around me who like to affect a public disdain for all things Harry Potter always seem to assume I'm one of them and include me as part of their team even when the truth is I rather like the idea of...

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The Importance of Science Fiction Awards in Elevating Geek Culture

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2012 | 8:36 AM

I have a professional obsession with science fiction awards, developed out of the simple fact that I run one myself, the Arthur C. Clarke, and wanting to keep a friendly eye on what the competition is getting up to.

Some people think science fiction spawns awards with the...

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Looking for Last Minute Christmas Presents? Why Not Try Your Favourite Museum or Gallery Gift Shop

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 4:04 AM

It was suggested to me recently that the things we mostly buy in gift shops aren't really gifts at all, at least not ones we intend to give to other people. Instead the modern museum gift shop is primarily intended for visitors to complete their experience by allowing them the...

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A New Jimi Hendrix Collaboration Over 40 Years in the Making

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2011 | 10:38 AM

Over 40 years after Jimi Hendrix's tragic death in 1970, twins and regular Hendrix collaborators Tunde Ra and TaharQa Aleem (AKA the Ghetto Fighters) are promoting a new musical project that promises to bring all new tracks featuring the legendary guitar player to light after decades locked away in a...

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How Even the Best Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition Ever Still Won't Please Everyone

(4) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 8:32 AM

The work of Leonardo da Vinci is some of the most recognisable and iconic the world has ever known. Over 500 years after his birth he still commands an audience so loyal they're willing to queue around the block at the National Gallery on the hope they'll score...

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