“Swings and Suspension” forthcoming in Pantheon!

Happy to announce that my story, “Swings and Suspension” will be published in the “Gorgon: Stories of Emergence” issue of Pantheon Magazine!

The issue will feature stories about transformations. This description is from their call:

“…themes based around transformations—things that are shapeshifting, things that are emerging. Make Ovid’s Metamorphoses contemporary and weird and scary. We want a wide scope of voices and cultures and perspectives.”

Looking forward to the issue!

—with thanks to editors Mathew Allan Garcia and Sarah Read

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Two stories forthcoming in Diabolical Plots!

I’m happy to announce that two of my stories, “Little Empire of Lakelore” and “Fresh Dates,” are forthcoming in Diabolical Plots!

This will be my first time publishing with them and I’m thrilled my stories will be published alongside wonderful works!

Diabolical Plots also runs the (Submissions) Grinder, a great tool for keeping track of writing submissions, so major kudos!

–with thanks to editor David Steffen

My WorldCon 2018 schedule is now up!

I will be attending WorldCon 2018 in San José, CA, participating in panels, academic presentations and other events. Come stop by and say hi!

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  • Hugo Finalist for Best Semiprozine Fireside has a reading slot and I will be there (Friday, Aug. 17, 10am, 211A) reading my forthcoming story “Pendants of Precariousness.”

 

  • Come learn about how and why I choose particular names for characters! (Friday, Aug. 17, 11am, 212D)
    (Incidentally, Chinese naming numerology or consultations with fortune tellers may be part of the process of selecting names in Chinese-speaking parts of the world. If I get a chance, I’ll elaborate on this.)

 

  • I would be thrilled if you shared a coffee/beverage and chat with me at the casual and friendly Kaffeeklatsch. (Saturday, Aug. 18, 2pm, 211B1)

 

  • Interested in smart cities and urban planning within and beyond SFF literature? I will be moderating a panel on the subject. (Saturday, Aug. 18, 4pm, 210B)

 

  • Want to go for a casual promenade, a nice relaxing walk outside? I’ll be there, with my shoes laced (or sandals slipped on), ready for a prance. (Sunday, Aug. 19, 9am, Lower Level Plaza)

 

  • Enjoy eating and stories of the future? I’ll bring my best slides and snacks for “Test-tube Reared and Seared”—my academic presentation on foods of the future and in science fiction. We’ll talk cultured meats, social meanings of consumption, constructing bodies and SFF stories. It would be great to see you there, munching on imported snacks. (I’m thinking of bringing some Japanese or Chinese snacks/candies… not sure which ones yet.) (Sunday, Aug. 19, 3pm, 211D)

 
Hope to see you there. If you see me walking around, feel free to wave me down and say hi!

Winner of the Deep Signal “From the Seas to the Stars” Flash Fiction Contest!

I’m happy to announce that my flash fiction story, “Migration,” has been selected as contest winner for publication in the Deep Signal anthology! (Also, this is my first short story contest win of any kind!)

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I’m really excited about this publication—with fabulous authors and illustrators collaborating to make what will no doubt be a beautiful (and beautifully-illustrated) book! The TOC looks amazing.

The contest results announcement had this to say on FB (just took a snapshot of a part of the announcement):

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Kind words, indeed!

I also watched this interview of Ken Liu for Deep Signal and enjoyed it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL2HVV6aTqs

-Especially found the conversations about art, architecture and cities; markets and food; and speculative fiction as a projection of present perspectives and issues (paraphrasing here) very enlivening!

Beautiful artwork (that will be appearing in the book) interspersed throughout the video!

 

—with many thanks to Eric Olive, Editor-In-Chief, who is bringing this project to life!

 

 

Human parts attached

On the deep-learning image recognition algorithm Deep Dream:

“Google researchers noted that when its algorithm generated images of a dumbbell, it also generated a human arm holding it. The machine had concluded that an arm was part of the thing.

–Will Knight, “The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI,” MIT Technology Review, April 11, 2017

This comment was embedded in a discussion of AIs and their conceptions of things, but broadening that thought—

I would think that a book should also have a human arm holding it as part ‘of the thing.’ Actually probably many things serve well with a human body part attached. A soccer ball with a foot attached. A mascara stick with eyelashes attached. Mochi with mouth and teeth attached, etc.

The symbiotic relationship between humans and things–that things need humans just as human need things (to be the thing it is, to assert and (re)confirm its identity). Or humans are a part of things, just as things are a part of humans. Perhaps the opposite of a cyborg, a biological attachment/element to artifacts that are in and of itself part of the artifacts.

Just imagine what our emojis would look like!

Maybe stories would have a mind floating above it.

Photo by Nicole Honeywill