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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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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.


“The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)” sold to Tor.com

Tor.comI’m supremely happy to announce that Ellen Datlow has bought my story “The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)” for Tor.com. I’ve been a fan of Tor.com and its regular fiction since its debut, and it’s awesome that my work will appear there. The story concerns a novelist from the far future in a world where few people read anymore, and instead have stories projected into their minds. The story will be published March 15, 2017.


Writing News and Sale

King of Shards by Matthew Kressel

King of Shards

by Matthew Kressel

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

Get King of Shards Here:

“Cosmic Tree” by Gillian Gandossi

I’m happy to announce that I’ve sold a new story to Clarkesworld Magazine. “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies” will be my fourth story published in Neil Clarke’s excellent magazine, and I’m excited to be there as always. I was reading Alice Miller’s For Your Own Good a few months back and was shocked by the notion of institutionalized abuse, which she highlights in the cultural forces which led to the Holocaust. Could abuse be so normalized in a society that people don’t realize they are abusive and have been abused themselves? It seemed so, and when I turned that lens onto my own culture, American, Jewish, New York, etc., I began to see patterns of abuse apparent in so many things we take for granted. Now, take that premise and expand that onto a multi-cosmic scale and you have the inspiration for “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies.” 

TL;DR: I sold a new story to Clarkesworld about a farmer of universes.

In other news, I will soon have two translations printed in Chinese. “The Sounds of Old Earth,” which was nominated for a Nebula Award last year, will be printed in China’s Science Fiction World. Because the ink isn’t dry yet, I can’t tell you which publication, but “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye,” which was just nominated for a Nebula Award, will also be appearing in Chinese.

Also, Kenneth Schneyer who teaches at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island (and who is a fine writer himself) has assigned “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” as one of the reading requirements for his class. In April, I’ll be visiting as a guest lecturer, speaking about my experience writing “The Meeker” and about writing in general. I’ve never spoken to a class about my work before, which is both exciting and terrifying. They’ll be quizzed (quizzed!) on my story.

At the end of January, Darin Bradley sent his comments on Book I of the Worldmender Trilogy, King of Shards.  I spent the following five weeks deeply immersed in the manuscript. While his comments were thorough, there weren’t that many. However, it had been almost two years since I last read through the manuscript in its entirety. What developed over the next several weeks was the most intense writing period of my life. I awoke, ate breakfast, wrote for several hours, then did my IT work for my day job, ate dinner, then wrote until midnight. Lather, rinse, repeat for five weeks. I didn’t go out on the weekends, just worked straight through. It was exhausting, yes, but also exhilarating in all the ways I had imagined. Being so deeply immersed in your own work is a joy in itself, but is made all the more exciting knowing that people will soon be able to read King of Shards and share in this universe. I’m biased, of course, but I think it’s a damn good book.

Since then I’ve been working on Book II of the Worldmender Trilogy. I’m about 30,000 words in as of today, so ahead of schedule. But I know from experience life and reality often get in the way of deadlines. Anyway, I’m excited about all the good writing news happening to me lately and immensely grateful.


“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