“Waves of Influence” to appear in Clarkesworld!

Story sale announcement!

I am excited to announce that “Waves of Influence” will be appearing in Clarkesworld!

On future social influencer celebs and their protégé.

 

–with thanks to Neil Clarke and the editorial team!

 

Original photos by Quanzhao “Ari” He and John Reign Abarintos

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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!)

“From the Seas to the Stars” Flash Fiction Contest:DeepSignalFlashFictionContest

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):

DeepSignalContestResults

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

“Pele’s Tears” now free to read in Issues in Earth Science!

My story, “Pele’s Tears”, set in my current abode of Hawaiʻi, is now free to read in Issues in Earth Science.

“Can Alana use clues from geology to clear her name after she’s accused of stealing a volcanic stone on her tour of Mauna Loa in Hawaiʻi?”

Accompanying Volcano/Lava Illustration by Autumn Evelyn

My story is alongside another story about geological fingerprinting (by Paula E. Young)!