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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 Singularity is in Your Hair”
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“Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?”
Nightmare Magazine 63
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Smokopolitan nr 10
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
Bifrost
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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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“One Spring in Cherryville”
Available in most ebook formats
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“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”
XB-1
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“The Singularity is in Your Hair”
Cyber World
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
科幻世界 (Science Fiction World)
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“The Problem of Meat”
Grendelsong
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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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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
World Chinese SF Association
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“The Thing in the Refrigerator That Could Stop Time”
Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest
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“Marie and the Mathematicians”
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #26
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“The Writing’s on the Wall”
Farrago's Wainscot #5
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“The Sembla”
A Field Guide to Surreal Botany
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“The Girl in the Basement”
Hatter Bones
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“Saving Diego”
Interzone #221
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“The Spaces Between Things”
Electric Velocipede 17/18
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“The Girl in the Basement”
Apex Magazine, Vol 3, Issue 3
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“The Suffering Gallery”
Beneath Ceaseless Skies - Issue 57
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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 Hands That Feed”
Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories
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“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Naked City
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“The Hands That Feed”
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk
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“The Suffering Gallery”
The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Three
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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 Last Probe”
Launch Pad
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“Pheth’s Aviary”
Beneath Ceaseless Skies - Issue 133
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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Clarkesworld Magazine #92
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
XB-1 Issue 8/2014
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Космопорт (Kosmoport)
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“The History Within Us”
XB-1 Issue 11/2014
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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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“Meeker” makes BookTubeSFF Shortlist for Best Short Work

I’ve just found out that “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” (from May 2014 Clarkesworld Magazine) has made the BookTubeSFF Awards shortlist for Best Short Work. Some pretty great company to be in, with my work listed alongside Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and Haruki Murakami. There’s a read along taking place with all the categories from now until November, when the winners will be announced.


Honorable Mention in Year’s Best Science Fiction

The Year's Best Science Fiction 32nd Annual Collection

The venerable Mercurio D. Rivera informs me that my story “Cameron Rhyder’s Legs,” which appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine in November of 2014 has been given an Honorable Mention in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction 32nd Annual Collection. Also honorably mentioned are the following stories from fellow Altered Fluidians. Go team!

Paul M. Berger – “Subduction” (F&SF)
Richard Bowes – “Sleepwalking Now and Then” (Tor.com)
Alaya Dawn Johnson – “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i” (F&SF)
Sam J. Miller – “Songs Like Freight Trains” (Interzone)
Mercurio D. Rivera –  “Atonement, Under the Blue-White Sun” (Paradox Anthology)
Alyssa Wong – “Santos de Sampaguias” (Strange Horizons)
 

Nerds of a Feather on “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”

The folks at Nerds of a Feather review my story “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies,” which appeared in the May Clarkesworld Magazine and have nice things to say:

“A story about scale and abuse and the hope for a better world, ‘The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies’ by Matthew Kressel is a wheat ale, full of the taste of wide open spaces and clean air and enough of a bite to remind you that the world is alive and growing….Aya and her people are completely inhuman in form, in motion, and yet like all my favorite science fiction stories, this one does an incredibly job of showing the human in an alien character, in showing with golden clarity the scale and scope of our existence, just a drop in an endless sea, and yet regardless of size that life and sentience need to be respected. That abuse doesn’t have to be handed down. That somewhere there might be a place for those who don’t fit in. Like a wheat ale, the story is perfect for summer, looking out on clear skies and feeling a little better about the world.”

You can read the full review here.


Best SF reviews “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”

This week Best SF reviews “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies“, my story that appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine in the May issue, #104, and they have nice things to say:

“A standout story to open the issue…Kressel succeeds in that most difficult of things – creating an entirely non-human setting with which the reader is able to engage…Kressel’s writing is excellent, and he creates an altogether alien setting without resort to fanciful word creation…All in all, a great read, and I’m putting the story on the shortlist for the Best SF Short Story Award 2015.”

I’m of course happy to see the story getting some attention.


Review of “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”

cw_104_700I received this nice review of my story “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies” in the latest Clarkesworld Magazine​ from Charles Payseur at Quick Sip Reviews: “A powerful story about generational abuse and release and the dream of freedom, this story does a lot of things right. The setting is incredibly original and imaginative, the world of Aya, the main character, one of near abstraction, where Gardeners care to plants that are entire realms, entire universes… It’s a great story, the characters not humanoid but their tendencies definitely human-like. It’s just the sort of science fiction that I love, full of interesting ideas and yet grounded in the idea that people are capable of doing better, capable of being better. Indeed!” 

The full review is available here.


“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies” published in Clarkesworld

cw_104_700My story “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies” is out in this month’s Clarkesworld Magazine. It’s a story about generational abuse, repression, and farmers of universes. The first commenter on the story said it would make an excellent graphic novel, and I couldn’t agree more!

There’s also a podcast of the story by the fabulous Kate Baker.