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“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.


“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.


“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
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“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
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“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”
Clarkesworld Magazine
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