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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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Chris Willrich on KING OF SHARDS

Queen of Static

by Matthew Kressel

Read the follow-up to the groundbreaking fantasy novel King of Shards

“Surreal and exotic…Scary, exhilarating fun!” –N.K. Jemisin, Hugo award-winning author of The Fifth Season on King of Shards

“An imaginative, intelligent, and soaring debut that mixes Jewish folklore/mysticism and modern-day social politics.”– Paul G. Tremblay, author of Cabin at the End of the World on King of Shards

“Kressel plumbs the depths of Kabbalistic lore to create a unique fantasy cosmos.” —The Huffington Post

As a writer, it’s super nice to know when someone really gets what you’re trying to do. Author Chris Willrich has some supremely nice things to say about King of Shards on twitter, which I’ve unrolled here.

KING OF SHARDS by @mattkressel is one of the most ambitious fantasy novels out there. By ambitious I don’t mean in terms of page count or numbers of characters or even epic sweep (though it does have a mind-bogglingly large scale.) Rather, it’s gutsy in its conceptual reach …

Read the entire thread here.


Happy New Year, Plus a Podcast!

Hope you and yours had a happy New Year’s! We spent ours with close friends, ringing in the new year with much cheer and cheese. (And perhaps it was the cheese that prevented me from having too bad of a hangover the next morning.)

Nightflyers will make you want to scream. And not in a good way.

If you were busy over the holiday break, you might have missed the Geeks Guide to the Galaxy episode I participated in, reviewing the SyFy TV series Nightflyers, based on the George R.R. Martin novella of the same name. Erin Lindsey, Andrea Kail, myself, and host David Barr Kirtley discuss the show. And needless to say, we have opinions.

Here’s a quote from yours truly:

“The only way they can communicate with the [aliens] is by bringing along a psychic, which sounds perfectly reasonable, except the psychic is literally a psychopath—at least that’s how they present him from the get-go. And I’m like, ‘Why would they bring this completely unstable psychopath with them on this journey which is the last best hope of humanity? Can’t they find a more stable psychic?’ I didn’t quite get that. And then they bring him on board in this giant cage, and he looks through the window and messes with someone’s brain, so it’s like, ‘Well, what’s the point of the cage then?’ I don’t understand why they’re even locking him away if he can literally just ‘think outside the box’ and fry someone’s brain.”

You can listen to the full podcast here.


SOLO Movie Review

In the latest episode of the venerable Geeks Guide to the Galaxy podcast, I join Rajan Khanna, Erin Lindsey, and host David Barr Kirtley to discuss Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The new Star Wars movie Solo is an enjoyable action-comedy, but it fails in one important area: really exploring how Han Solo developed his cynical, jaded attitude. The movie also mostly skips over Han’s time as an Imperial soldier, which fantasy author Erin Lindsey feels is a big mistake.

“I wanted to see Han learning to become a pilot, going up against the norms and expectations of the military, deciding it wasn’t for him—or it deciding he was not for them,” Lindsey says in Episode 312 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

Science fiction author Matthew Kressel agrees, noting that a brief sequence of trench warfare is one of the movie’s most interesting set pieces. “We could show Han in the trenches,” he says, “seeing how ugly war is, and maybe coming out of that a little bit darker, a little bit world-weary.”

You can read more about us and give a listen here!


Paula Guran on “Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?”

Over at Locus, Paula Guran reviews recent horror fiction and has this to say about my recent story, “Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?” in Nightmare:

“There are a number of the dead in Kressel’s tale. They are a melancholy bunch, always waiting for life to find them again. It has been said that horror is about the unknowable and that death is the greatest unknown of all. Kressel paints a good picture of death that anyone is sure to fear.”

You can read the full review here.


Quick Sip Reviews on “Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?”

Charles Payseur at Quick Sip Reviews says of my story “Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?” in this month’s Nightmare Magazine: :This is a haunting and slowly-unraveling story about ghosts and harm, hopes and waiting…It’s a difficult and heavy story that manages a palpable darkness and a stunning ending. A great read!” Charles also reviews the excellent story by Nino Cipri.

You can read the full review here.


Some New Reviews

I received some nice reviews of “Love Engine Optimization” recently:

SFRevu says:

“Very good and scary character study and warning. Ends with a nice chill.” 

And Strange Shuttle says:

“Despite having a wholly unlikable protagonist (then again, isn’t that the point?), this story really worked for me. Kressel clearly knows his tech, and he employs precise language in this tale of manipulated love. The hacker v. hacker subplot adds just the right amount conflict leading up to the fallout in the end. If you like near-future science fiction, “Love Engine Optimization” is a must read.” 

You can read the story here.


“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