One of the things I’ve discovered is that there are often no easy solutions to the multiplicity of injustices happening in the world, and the sheer enormity of the problems often makes me feel somewhat helpless. But one thing that I do (and I know it’s not a complete solution or maybe even a solution) is to do a small justice. Just do something good, whatever that might be, no matter the response I get or reward. Even better, if it’s anonymous and unknown. It’s the only way I know how to balance the many injustices I see. And I’m not naive enough to believe my little justice (if it even is a justice) will change the greater picture, will do anything to alter the course right for the rocks we as a species have set for ourselves. But it’s still, in my mind, a justice. And by that I mean it’s something positive for the world, something the world desperately needs, and so maybe, just maybe, my justice, and a thousand million other little justices all over the planet diminish, however slightly, the pervasive injustices committed hourly across this world. It may not amount to much, but it’s something.
Matthew Kressel is a three-time Nebula Award finalist, a World Fantasy Award finalist, and a Eugie Award Finalist. He has written dozens of short stories, a few novels, and is the co-host of the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan. He is also the creator of the Moksha submissions system.
My Other Endeavors
Fantastic Fiction at KGB – I co-host a monthly Manhattan-based reading series with Ellen Datlow.
The Moksha Submissions System – I created Moksha, a powerful feature-rich manuscript submissions system for publishers.
Sunray Computer – In addition to writing science fiction & fantasy, I am an IT consultant, focusing on database driven software development and custom back-end web design.
The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2018 Edition
The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2018, edited by Rich Horton, contains my story “Love Engine Optimization” about data privacy, seduction, and pathological narcissism.
Get a copy here.
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3 contains my story “The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”, which was a finalist for the Nebula Award and is currently a Eugie Award finalist.