My story “The Marsh of Camarina” will appear in a future issue of Lightspeed Magazine. “The Marsh of Camarina” concerns a young woman graduating at near the top of her class in computer science, only to find that AI and automation have replaced most programming jobs. With a huge debt and no prospects, her career advisor suggests Askuwhetau, an experimental farming commune in northern Canada. The story was originally published in the anthology Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders.
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.
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.
So that other career milestone I hinted at in some of my previous posts? I’m beyond thrilled to announce that my story “The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)” has been picked up for The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3, edited by Neil Clarke. The story originally appeared on Tor.com and was edited by Ellen Datlow.
This is my first Best Of anthology, and I couldn’t be happier to be part of this. Here’s the full table of contents:
- “A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
- “Holdfast” by Alastair Reynolds (Extrasolar, edited by Nick Gevers)
- “Every Hour of Light and Dark” by Nancy Kress (Omni, Winter 2017)
- “The Last Novelist, or a Dead Lizard in the Yard” by Matthew Kressel (Tor.com, March 2017)
- “Shikasta” by Vandana Singh (Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities, edited by Ed Finn and Joey Eschrich)
- “Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s Science Fiction, September/October 2017)
- “Focus” by Gord Sellar (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May/June 2017)
- “The Martian Obelisk” by Linda Nagata (Tor.com, July 2017)
- “Shadows of Eternity” by Gregory Benford (Extrasolar, edited by Nick Gevers)
- “The Worldless” by Indrapramit Das (Lightspeed, March 2017)
- “Regarding the Robot Raccoons Attached to the Hull of My Ship” by Rachael K. Jones and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali (Diabolical Plots, June 2017)
- “Belly Up” by Maggie Clark (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2017)
- “Uncanny Valley” by Greg Egan (Tor.com, August 2017)
- “We Who Live in the Heart ” by Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld, May 2017)
- “A Catalogue of Sunlight at the End of the World” by A.C. Wise (Sunvault, edited by Phoebe Wagner and Bronte Christopher Wieland)
- “Meridian” by Karin Lowachee (Where the Stars Rise, edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak)
- “The Tale of the Alcubierre Horse” by Kathleen Ann Goonan (Extrasolar, edited by Nick Gevers)
- “Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com, February 2017)
- “In Everlasting Wisdom” by Aliette de Bodard (Infinity Wars, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
- “The Last Boat-Builder in Ballyvoloon” by Finbarr O’Reilly (Clarkesworld, October 2017)
- “The Speed of Belief” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s Science Fiction, January/February 2017)
- “Death on Mars” by Madeline Ashby (Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities, edited by Ed Finn and Joey Eschrich)
- “An Evening with Severyn Grimes” by Rich Larson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, July/August 2017)
- “ZeroS” by Peter Watts (Infinity Wars, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
- “The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)
- “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance” by Tobias S. Buckell (Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph Adams)
Cover art by Chris McGrath.
My story “The Sounds of Old Earth,” a Nebula Award Finalist, is out today in Polish in Smokopolitan nr 10. The story is translated by Translated by Magdalena Grajcar. I don’t read Polish (even though I live in a Polish neighborhood and should) but it appears the issue also contains translated works from Ann Leckie and Peter Watts.