Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Author
Rocket Stack Rank on “The Singularity is in Your Hair”

Rocket Stack Rank reviews “The Singularity is in Your Hair,” my story in the Cyber World anthology edited by Jason Heller & Josh Viola, and they have nice things to say:

The little reminders of the narrator’s humanity scattered through the story (e.g. “Mom’s gotta change my diaper”) keep us aware of her terrible situation, and her bravery through it all is heartbreaking. Especially when we see how her one source of hope has evaporated… Clever use of VR and AI. — 4/5 stars.

You can read the full review (with spoilers) here.


Cyber World Launch Event at Lovecraft Bar, Nov 29, with E. Lily Yu, Matthew Kressel, Alyssa Wong, & Josh Viola

cover_cyber-worldCyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow

An anthology of new cyberpunk, forward by Richard Kadrey

Where: Lovecraft Bar, 50 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
When: November 29, 2016, at 7pm
Who: E. Lily Yu, Matthew Kressel, Alyssa Wong, Josh Viola

E. Lily Yu received the 2012 John W. Campbell Aware for Best New Writer. Her stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards and can be found in a variety of publications,from Clarkesword to McSweeny’s Quarterly. Recent works appear in F&SF and Uncanny.

Matthew Kressel is the author of the novels King of Shards and the forthcoming Queen of Static. His short fiction has been twice nominated for a Nebula Award and has or will appear in such publications as Lightspeed, Nightmare, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, io9.com, Apex Magazine, Interzone, and the anthologies After, Naked City, The People of the Book. He co-hosts the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series with Ellen Datlow and is a member of the Altered Fluid writing group.

Alyssa Wong is a Nebula-, Shirley Jackson-, and World Fantasy Award-nominated author, shark afficionado, and a 2013 graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, and Black Static, among others. She is an MFA candidate at North Carolina State University and a member of the Manhattan-based writers group Altered Fluid.

Josh Viola is an author, artist, and former video game developer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smurfs, TARGET: Terror). In addition to creating a transmedia franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen awards, he is the author of Blackstar, a tie-in novel based on the discography of Celldweller. His debut horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, was a Denver Post number one bestseller. His short fiction has appeared in Nightmares Unhinged and The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Found anthology. He lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is chief editor and owner of Hex Publishers.

Some early reviews of Cyber World

“This is the upgrade: the new, real sound of diverse futures, mad and magnificent, the world on a wire. Essential.”
–Warren Ellis, author of Gun Machine and Transmetropolitan

 “This is old-school cyberpunk written by new-school talent–the caliber of writers found in this book is a dream-team of storytellers ready to hack into your skull and implant their tales into your brain-meats. Cyberpunk gives the cyberpunk genre a much-needed reboot.”
–Chuck Wendig, New York Times Bestselling Author of Star Wars: Aftermath and Zeroes

Edited by Hugo Award-winner Jason Heller, and Joshua Viola, and available November 8, 2016, the book stars foundational cyberpunk authors, and new voices in the genre. The table of contents features Isabel Yap, Nisi Shawl, Saladin Ahmed, Alyssa Wong, Paolo Bacigalupi, Minister Faust, Mario Acevedo, Warren Hammond, Cat Rambo, Matthew Kressel, Madeline Ashby, Paul Graham Raven, Chinelo Onwualu, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Angie Hodapp, Sarah Pinsker, Keith Ferrell, E. Lily Yu, Stephen Graham Jones, and Darin Bradley, with a forward by Richard Kadrey.

To find out more about this exciting new project, and the future of Hex Publishers, please visit the brand-new Hex website, http://hexpublishers.com. For more information, review requests, or interviews, please contact publicist Jaym Gates at jaym.gates@gmail.com.


Cyber World Release and Story Reviews

cover_cyber-worldCyber World, the anthology of cyberpunk stories edited by Jason Heller & Josh Viola is now on sale. The anthology contains my story “The Singularity is in Your Hair,” about a girl with a severe form of muscular dystrophy, which prevents her from moving in the real world, but she is adept at creating realistic VR experiences for select clients. Here are some reviews of the story:

“This outstanding collection is set in a near-future society with intriguing technological advances, but the social and cultural implications of these developments vary widely…Artificial intelligence features in several stories, creating virtual realities in Matthew Kressel’s “The Singularity Is in Your Hair”…a myriad of characters and styles highlights the variety of voices and ideas in current science fiction, and the authors gleefully expand the already-fluid definition of cyberpunk. The stories that focus on individual relationships highlight the most lasting and powerful effects of technological changes, showing them to be beneficial, destructive, and sometimes both at once.” —Publishers Weekly

“‘The Singularity is in Your Hair’ by Matthew Kressel — can I use the word ‘sweet’ about one of these? Probably not, but this tale about VR helping a person with a debilitating disease experience more than many people is very close to it.” — Irresponsible Reader

“‘The Singularity Is in Your Hair’ (Matthew Kressel) – A severely crippled 16-year-old freelance coder teams up with an AI in the virtual world to create premium synesthetic experiences. Kressel uses real technology such as hackable exploits and public key cryptography to craft a VR world with real brand names and is highly relatable. A powerful story that deals with technology’s deeper value and our rush to have it.” — Edge of Infinity

“Matthew Kressel’s ‘The Singularity Is in Your Hair’ functions the same way when it appears six stories into Cyber World. Cyberpunk, almost by definition, carries a dystopian sway in it swaggering journey along technology’s potential. Star Trek’s world of plenty, where you work only because you want to contribute, is not cyberpunk, no matter how many holodecks you install on the Enterprise. Cyberpunk is the pulpy noir of sci-fi, where tawdry escapism into the altered states of VR and pharmaceuticals have lured all or most of the world over to the wrong side of the tracks. So the flare of hope that appears in Kressel’s story is a refreshing reprieve from the gloom, even if it is a false hope that only darkens the shadows of despair in the stories that surround it.” — Fiction Unbound

The anthology also contains stories from Paolo Bacigalupi, E. Lily Yu, Sarah Pinsker, Saladin Ahmed, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Alyssa Wong, and many others. Get your copy here.


The Best And Worst Aspects of Cyberpunk

cover_cyber-worldOver at Tor.com I participate in a discussion about “The best and worst aspects of Cyberpunk,” with authors Madeline Ashby, Stephen Graham Jones, Cat Rambo, Nisi Shawl and Alyssa Wong. Which of course is just an excuse for me to pepper my answer with covert Blade Runner references. Here’s the lede:

Cyberpunk. It’s about cybernetics, neuroscience, nanotech, and transhumanism—and much more than that. The upcoming anthology from Hex Publishers, Cyber World, looks at how the technological changes we all face have inspired new stories to address our fears, hopes, dreams, and desires. All this as Homo sapiens evolves—or not—into its next incarnation.

Some of the most talented science fiction writers of today contributed to Cyber World, which presents diverse tales of humanity’s tomorrow. Today six of those authors answer the question “What are the best and worst aspects of cyberpunk, as either a reader or a writer?” Read their answers and tell us your own thoughts in the comments!

You can read the full article here.