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“Your Future is Pending”
Clarkesworld Magazine #158
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
2019 Nebula Awards Showcase
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“Truth is Like the Sun”
Lightspeed Magazine 108
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“The Walk to Distant Suns”
Analog Science Fiction and Fact
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“The Marsh of Camarina”
Shades Within Us
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“Love Engine Optimization”
The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2018 Edition
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3
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“In Memory of a Summer’s Day”
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“Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?”
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
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“The Singularity is in Your Hair”
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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
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Clarkesworld Magazine #98
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Clarkesworld Magazine #92
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“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Year Four
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Lightspeed Magazine and io9.com
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After
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Clarkesworld Magazine #42
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2019 Year-End Summary

“Eternity is in love with the productions of time.” — William Blake

I’ve said this in past years, but I never feel especially productive until I look back at what I’ve accomplished over the past year. Day to day, adding a few hundred words on the page may not seem like much, but over time it accumulates. This year, in 2019, I published or sold the following works:

Fiction (published)

Fiction (sold & forthcoming)

  • “The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard).” – Future Affairs Administration, Chinese language. (reprint) 
  • “The History Within Us.” – Science Fiction World, Chinese language. (reprint)
  • “Very Surely Do I Not Dream.” – Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Combat and Horror, Ed. Josh Viola, Hex Publishers (original)
  • “The Marsh of Camarina.” – Lightspeed (reprint)
  • “Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air” – Lightspeed (original)

Non-Fiction

In addition to the above, I also finished a YA science-fiction novel (currently in revision at the request of an agent) and started a new YA(ish) novella that I’m really enjoying. I was also a guest on the Geeks Guide to the Galaxy podcast five times, and I’ll be on again in early January to discuss the new Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

I also mentored a couple of folks through the SFWA mentorship program, which has been very rewarding.

And while the above list may seem like a lot, I don’t feel as if I’m a particularly productive person, especially compared to some of my more prolific writer friends. My point is, if you do a little bit every day, it adds up. Keep writing!


“Very Surely Do I Not Dream” to Appear in Psi-Wars

Another story sale I’ve been sitting on is “Very Surely Do I Not Dream,” which will appear in Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Combat and Horror (tentative title), edited by Josh Viola and published by Hex Publishers. This is a dark tale about mind hacking, cyberwarfare, and digital arms races. No pub date yet, but I think sometime in 2020.


“The Marsh of Camarina” sold to LIGHTSPEED

My story “The Marsh of Camarina” will appear in a future issue of Lightspeed Magazine. “The Marsh of Camarina” concerns a young woman graduating at near the top of her class in computer science, only to find that AI and automation have replaced most programming jobs. With a huge debt and no prospects, her career advisor suggests Askuwhetau, an experimental farming commune in northern Canada. The story was originally published in the anthology Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders.


“Your Future is Pending” is up at Clarkesworld

Clarkesworld Magazine #158

My story “Your Future is Pending” is now up at Clarkesworld Magazinein their issue #158. Here’s the intro:

The dog was in the alley again, sniffing around the empty trash bins for scraps she wasn’t going to find. Martha would be late for work if she fed her again, but she couldn’t bear to let the animal suffer. The mutt huddled behind the bar-coded trash bins as Martha put out a dish of microwave rice and a bowl of water. She’d have to remember to pick up some real dog food on the way home.

“Come on, girl,” Martha said, wiping her brow. It was already ninety-eight degrees and getting hotter. “This is for you.”

The mutt, a scrawny little thing, hesitated. God only knew what troubles she had been through.

Something skittered behind her—a rat—and they both jumped. And when she turned back around, the dog was gone.

“You’d better come eat this,” she said to the empty alley, “before the rats do.”

You can read the whole thing here, or you can listen to a podcast narrated by the fabulous Kate Baker here.


Story Sale: “Your Future is Pending” to Clarkesworld Magazine

My decision is none of your business

I’m very happy to announce that my story “Your Future is Pending” will be appearing in a future issue of Clarkesworld Magazine. This will be my fifth story in Neil Clarke’s superb magazine.

“Your Future is Pending” is about AI and automation and our over-reliance on algorithms to make decisions for us. More and more in our lives, often without realizing it, algorithms are making decisions for us in place of humans. And while this of course can have many beneficial effects, there’s also a dark side to letting systems make “opaque” decisions, that is, decisions in which it is impossible for people to determine exactly how the AI came to its conclusion, only that it did. Imagine being denied a loan, necessary surgery, a great job — all because an AI determined in a way its human operators will never understand that you are unfit or unqualified. And lest you think I speak of some far future dystopia, remember this is already happening

“Your Future is Pending” will be appearing in Clarkesworld soon.


Aeon Flux, the Kick-Ass 90s Heroine who Takes No Punches
Aeon Flux, fluxing!

Aeon Flux, fluxing!

In the most recent Geeks Guide to the Galaxy, I join Andrea Kail, Thomas Gerencer, and host David Barr Kirtley to discuss the mid-90s sci-fi anime series Aeon Flux.

Forget the crappy live-action film, the animated series took risks and tackled deep science fictional concepts that were way ahead of its time. From creeping fascism, to thought control, to genetic experimentation, Aeon Flux has it all. If you’ve never seen the series, I highly recommend it. 

You can listen to the podcast here.


“Your Future is Pending”
Clarkesworld Magazine #158
More
“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
2019 Nebula Awards Showcase
More
“Truth is Like the Sun”
Lightspeed Magazine 108
More
“The Walk to Distant Suns”
Analog Science Fiction and Fact
More
“The Marsh of Camarina”
Shades Within Us
More
“Love Engine Optimization”
The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2018 Edition
More
“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3
More
“In Memory of a Summer’s Day”
Mad Hatters and March Hares
More
“Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?”
Nightmare Magazine 63
More
“Love Engine Optimization”
Lightspeed Magazine 85
More
“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
Tor.com
More
“The Singularity is in Your Hair”
Cyber World
More
“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2016
More
“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015
More
“Demon in Aisle 6”
Nightmare Magazine 38
More
“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”
Clarkesworld Magazine
More
“Cameron Rhyder’s Legs”
Clarkesworld Magazine #98
More
“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Clarkesworld Magazine #92
More
“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Year Four
More
“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Lightspeed Magazine and io9.com
More
“The Great Game at the End of the World”
After
More
“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Naked City
More
“The History Within Us”
The People of the Book
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“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Magazine #42
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“Saving Diego”
Interzone #221
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