I’m very happy to announce that I’ve sold another story to Lightspeed Magazine. “Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air” will be appearing in a future issue. It takes place in the same universe as my story “Saving Diego” which appeared in Interzone #221. In the far off planet of Gilder Nefan, religious pilgrims seek the council of local holy men, who have the ability to commune with the numens, god-like beings mostly inscrutable by humanity. The only problem is, once you commune with a numen, it’s impossible to be rid of its omnipresent eye. You can read an excerpt of the story over on my Patreon!
Another story sale I’ve been sitting on is “Very Surely Do I Not Dream,” which will appear in Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Combat and Horror (tentative title), edited by Josh Viola and published by Hex Publishers. This is a dark tale about mind hacking, cyberwarfare, and digital arms races. No pub date yet, but I think sometime in 2020.
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.
I’m happy to announce that my short story “Truth is Like the Sun” will appear in a future issue of Lightspeed Magazine. The story is told in a modern epistolary (letter) format and concerns a trans Persian-Thai rock star who performs a musical set from orbit and literally breaks the internet. No news yet on when the story will be released.
I’m happy to announce some good news for the new year. Mercurio D. Rivera and I co-authored a story called “The Walk to Distant Suns” which has been sold to Analog Science Fiction & Fact. The premise: Shandi Pallai is a wormhole engineer who works aboard a space station, helping people migrate off the dying Earth to a new, better planet. She’s been saving up to migrate to the new world with her family and her sick, dying mother. But when the corporation raises the price of transit, Shandi decides to take things into her own hands.
The story will be out sometime later this year.
I’m happy to announce a new short story sale: “The Marsh of Camarina” will appear in the Canadian anthology SHADES WITHIN US: Tales of Migration and Fractured Borders, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law. Revenue from this anthology will go directly to support the mental health and community food growing programs provided by Mood Disorders Association and Alex Community Food Centre. In addition, the publisher, Laksa Media will donate CAN$1,000 upon the publication of the anthology.
“The Marsh of Camarina” is about artificial intelligence, job replacement, universal basic income (UBI), and seeking purpose in a world where traditional modes of work have become obsolete.
I’m happy to be a part of this.