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“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Weird Dream Society
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“Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air”
Lightspeed Magazine
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“The Marsh of Camarina”
Lightspeed Magazine - Issue 121
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“Very Surely Do I Not Dream”
Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Phenomena
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“Your Future is Pending”
Clarkesworld Magazine #158
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“Truth is Like the Sun”
Lightspeed Magazine 108
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
2019 Nebula Awards Showcase
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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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“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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“Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?”
Nightmare Magazine 63
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“In Memory of a Summer’s Day”
Mad Hatters and March Hares
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
Tor.com
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“Love Engine Optimization”
Lightspeed Magazine 85
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“The Singularity is in Your Hair”
Cyber World
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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2016
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“Demon in Aisle 6”
Nightmare Magazine 38
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“Saving Diego”
Interzone #221
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“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Magazine #42
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“The History Within Us”
The People of the Book
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“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Naked City
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“The Great Game at the End of the World”
After
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Lightspeed Magazine and io9.com
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“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Year Four
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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Clarkesworld Magazine #92
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“Cameron Rhyder’s Legs”
Clarkesworld Magazine #98
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015
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“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”
Clarkesworld Magazine
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A Nice Review of “Still You Linger…”

Woke up this morning to a nice review of my short story “Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air,” which is out in this month’s Lightspeed Magazine (read now with a subscription, read free on 8/13). Quick Sip Reviews says the story is: “Emotionally powerful…wrenching heartbreaking…A wonderful read!” 

Read the review here. And don’t forget to download your free copy of the story’s prequel, “Saving Diego.”

Here’s the beginning to “Still You Linger…” :

By the time Gil had stopped meditating and opened his eyes, Muu had already removed the body. Just yesterday he and Demi had walked the eighty-four flights of stairs down to the dusty city streets, and together he and Demi had strolled across the promenade of Usha Square under the tangerine light of the setting sun. The wind had whipped Demi’s long hair into a frenzy, and Gil had leaned forward to brush a lock away from his friend’s glowing eyes.

 


Fast Forward Interview
On the latest Fast Forward episode, Ellen Datlow and are are interviewed by host Mike Zipser, where we talk about running the Fantastic Fiction reading series during the pandemic, editing, writing, and more.
 

Queen of Static Chapters on my Patreon

I’ve been releasing bi-weekly chapters of Queen of Static, the sequel to King of Shards, on my Patreon page, and we’re up to Chapter Fourteen so far. For just $2 a month, you get two chapters every month, plus exclusive access and early releases of my upcoming fiction, a free ebook if King of Shards, plus 3D art renders, and lots more. Check it out here:

Matthew Kressel on Patreon


Gas Miners – Part 3

I’ve been fascinated with these clouds for some reason and so I’ve created another 3D render of the argon gas miners, in this case skimming the upper atmosphere right before they dive into the gas giant’s depths.

My friend Angus McIntyre suggested that mining a gas giant would be difficult for many reasons, not limited to: the energy needed to slow down and then again break free of the planet’s gravity, the dangerous electromagnetic fields and radiation, not to mention the intense pressures involved. I found a NASA paper from a few years ago that explored the feasibility of just such an endeavor and they basically said that, without advances in propulsion tech, the idea is probably far-fetched. Still, out of several options, including “scoopers” like those depicted above, the best option would probably be some kind of floating platform. So for my next render I hope to envision just such a setup.

Also, this render I imagine taking place some seven centuries in the future (or so), where technology has progressed far past our crude chemical rockets. Still, I do think it’s important to make things “real,” that is, based on plausible future scenarios. And so look for a floating gas platform soon


Saving Diego – A Short Story for my Patrons

 

Back in 2009 I published a short story called “Saving Diego” in Interzone magazine. It received some nice reviews, honorable mentions in various year’s best anthologies, and placed 5th in the annual Interzone readers’ poll. 

The story, about two estranged friends who meet again after a falling out on the distant plant of Gilder Nefan, a place where the religious take a psychotropic drug called “sweet jisthmus” to reach transcendent states of consciousness. 

The story has always stuck with me and I’ve wanted to write more about that world. And, in fact, I recently did. My story, “Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air,” will be out in Lightspeed magazine this August, and takes place on the same planet. 

Because of this, I’ve decided to release “Saving Diego” as an ebook to my patrons. You will recognize the cover art from my recent 3D render “Gilder Nefan Sunset.” The cover was designed by the talented graphic designer Kris Dikeman. 

Read “Saving Diego” now by becoming a patron. You will also get two new chapters of Queen of Static every month, plus lots of extras!

 


Gilder Nefan Sunset

New art! This one is called “Gilder Nefan Sunset.”

On the distant planet of Gilder Nefan, the devout Nefanesh people smoke the psychotropic plant known as jisthmus in order to reach transcendant states of consciousness and commune with the numens, god-like alien beings mostly inscrutable to humanity. All of the buildings on Gilder Nefan are built by hand, brick by brick; no machines are used. In addition, the Nefanesh shun contrivance. There are no elevators anywhere in the city, and one must walk up dozens or even hundreds of stairs to reach the highest floors!

This art was inspired by two of my short stories. The first is called “Saving Diego” and was published in Interzone magazine in 2010. The second is called “Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air” and will be published in Lightspeed Magazine in Summer of 2020.

I’ll be releasing “Saving Diego” as a free ebook to my patrons soon.


“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Weird Dream Society
More
“Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air”
Lightspeed Magazine
More
“The Marsh of Camarina”
Lightspeed Magazine - Issue 121
More
“Very Surely Do I Not Dream”
Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Phenomena
More
“Your Future is Pending”
Clarkesworld Magazine #158
More
“Truth is Like the Sun”
Lightspeed Magazine 108
More
“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
2019 Nebula Awards Showcase
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
“The Walk to Distant Suns”
Analog Science Fiction and Fact
More
“The Marsh of Camarina”
Shades Within Us
More
“Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?”
Nightmare Magazine 63
More
“In Memory of a Summer’s Day”
Mad Hatters and March Hares
More
“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
Tor.com
More
“Love Engine Optimization”
Lightspeed Magazine 85
More
“The Singularity is in Your Hair”
Cyber World
More
“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2016
More
“Demon in Aisle 6”
Nightmare Magazine 38
More
“Saving Diego”
Interzone #221
More
“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Magazine #42
More
“The History Within Us”
The People of the Book
More
“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Naked City
More
“The Great Game at the End of the World”
After
More
“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Lightspeed Magazine and io9.com
More
“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Year Four
More
“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Clarkesworld Magazine #92
More
“Cameron Rhyder’s Legs”
Clarkesworld Magazine #98
More
“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015
More
“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”
Clarkesworld Magazine
More