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August 20th, 2007

MEDIA WHORES -- a bizarro story of sex, zombies, and a mediamatrix looking to step on your nuts -- now on sale at Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Publishing%20Island/63/187/36

June 3rd, 2006

A recent submission made to an anthology about "glorifying terrorism" was rejected. Can't say I blame the editor who explained she felt the story was "cliche'". After a month of working on it, I myself, felt it was forced, and didn't feel completely comfortable with it. It doesn't feel like the best work I have done. But I gave it my best shot, and now I know much more about myself than I did before: I feel more comfortable writing on subjects I myself enjoy than something someone else is looking for.

While certainly disappointed in not making the cut, I'm happy that I am free to work on the work I would really rather produce. And though it may sound as if I don't have that much confidence in the piece itself, I think it has something, or rather it's on the verge of something. Thus I have decided that I would like to share it with anyone who might wish to read it.

Please feel free to download it, and also feel free to critique it in the comments section.

So that you are not completely in the dark as to what it is about; it is a short SF piece (6 pages in PDF format) featuring an artificial intelligence as the protagonist who doesn't have the chance to understand the world around "her" before things turn dark for "her".


May 1st, 2006

Paper is so 20th Century! Step into the future and follow the links below to download Accelerando, the new science fiction novel by Charles Stross, in its entirety, for free. Or order a physical copy and keep living in the past.- this is the quote from Amazon.com on the page for Accelerando. You might want to hurry, I'm not sure how long they'll keep the pages up. I have a copy if anyone wants it after they take it down. Find it Here at Amazon.com or at the individual parts below:

part 1 This is just the title page and glossary. Download it, if just to give the guy credit.

part 2

part 3

part 4

part 5

By the way, this is totally legal but I don't know how long it will last. This guy, Charles Stross, just made a lifelong fan based on his generosity alone.

April 24th, 2006

Sophmore brilliant historian Kaavya Viswanathan left yesterday after "The Harvard", which helped earn her a $500,000 deal from Little, Root, and Them, as stories of good vs. bad. Opponents described the want to "protect my kids, my children, and others from evil parents." Some students at the meeting said they didnt confuse three wide releases scatttered among powerfull holdovers, and days, with ticket sales 22 percent higher than last weekend. Viswanathan said "The Star Spangled Banner" would become commercialy available as to be in retail stores between May 5 and May 15. Company Urban Box Office Mixed Genres charecterized the suspicion enveloping Viswanathan, and reported that passages in her newly published debut novel are "strikingly similar" to encuraging children to read, and described books as being "all about evil", WXIA reproted. "I wil not fill their heads with it," said Laurs Mallory, a fiction with reality. A hearing officer said the weekend boxoffice will issue a recomendation to the school board within 5 working days. Why? Wrestling. For the week that ended on April 16, a digital download on May 2 was expected to the precocious college sophmore.

January 3rd, 2006

(no subject)

the wizard.
(ripped from boingboing)

Cory Doctorow says: The Infinite Matrix -- consistently one of the best online science fiction magazines extant -- has begun its final week of publication. This is a rotten day for science fiction. However, Eileen Gunn, the brilliant writer who founded and edited Infinite Matrix as a labor of love, has posted a stupendous final issue, with new fiction from James Patrick Kelly and Rudy Rucker and a tale by the late, lamented Robert Sheckley. Later this week, she'll also publish a new essay by William Gibson, and "Appeals Court," a novella by Charlie Stross and me, that has never before been published online.

Resistance is futile, but even so, it's best to go out kicking and screaming, don't you think?

So the Infinite Matrix will present a final fireworks of stories, essays and columns, and then will cease publication. The site will stay up for a year or so, although older work may be removed as the rights run out.

Look what we've got: a final Runcible Ansible, with its accustomed bite, a fantastic story by Rudy Rucker, The Men in the Back Room at the Country Club, a shortshort by James Patrick Kelly, grafitti photos by A. Fluffy Bunny and original art by Seattle street artist Charles Whiteside, two more columns by Howard Waldrop, an essay on race, TV, and science fiction by Pam Noles, a story by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, an essay by William Gibson. There are even a few surprises to go up over the next few days.


January 2nd, 2006

This is a small item, but perhaps interesting anyway.
William Gibson is famous enough by now that everybody knows he coined the term “cyberspace,” and some have even thought about the evolution of software and GUIs enough to realize what an influence the man’s writing has had on the very design of our computing and Net landscape. These would be remarkable accomplishments regardless of the critical value of his fiction - which, by the way, is inestimable.

All of which is to set up this neat little item, which finds his fiction shaping the fashion world a little bit. How very cool, and how instructive when he talks about how the jacket came to feel like a character. If you've read Pattern Recognition, that comment probably makes perfect sense to you.

Gibson is arguably the most important writer of the last 25 years, and he gets even more interesting as he evolves away from the landmark cyberpunk moment that established his reputation. Fashion-forward, indeed....


November 24th, 2005

introducing myself

Hey guys, I am a British based writer who has just set up a new short fiction website with a cyberpunk/sci-fi flavour. The fiction is all up there for free and the idea is that readers can vote for stories that they like - the story with the least number of votes will be replaced every 2 weeks. Any feedback or help is much appreciated at this point...
The site is mostly sci fi and humour orientated, but I plan to add some horror, literary stuff etc. What I hope for is that the site will become a collaboration between readers and writers.
Anyway, hope you have the time to check it out,
Dave Moody

November 20th, 2005


the yeast is living 6x longer than normal.

and, a neat article about utopian/dystopian scifi (from Boing-Boing):
Just because. The opening to a new short story...


©2005 Made in DNA

By the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the children of Japan destroyed much of their cultural heritage left in their care by poets and samurai, by working it all over via a concoction of lackluster insanity-gray concrete that consumed the grasslands; sky-piercing power towers that marched across mountain ranges; and bulldozing houses hundreds of years old in favor of neon massage parlors.

In the mid-22nd, the children of the children of the children realized the horror of it all. And decided to thank their grandbenefactors for those mistakes by gathering the ashes of all those who came before them, and using it as the base for a bio-nanobot resurrection agent, which they in turn poured over the nation in a bid to beat the living shit out of Father Time and resurrect Culture.

It was if the goddess Amaterasu, who gave birth to the Japanese Archipelago from her glorious womb, had stepped out of the collective Japanese consciousness, and pissed her love over the nation. The resulting infestation coated everything in a living, writhing testament to the everlasting mother of all mistakes.

500 years later...


Blame it on Alex Kerr too much Japanese Environmental Horrorpunk.

September 30th, 2005

For those of us interested in things like Artificial Life and Complexity, this is just fascinating.
Fortunately, the epidemic was not real, but the aftermath of an inadvertent digital plague caused by a simple change to the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, World of Warcraft.

The change? Giving a monster the ability to curse in-game avatars with a self-propagating, albeit temporary, disease. While the developers only intended the disease to affect the group of characters fighting the monster, the infectious malady quickly became a tool in the hands of malicious players known as griefers, who found ways to bring the digital virus into heavily inhabited areas of the world.

For a week, the efforts of malicious players left behind massive casualties, made cities nearly uninhabitable, and became a reminder of the uncontrollability of self-propagating code.
[THX: bruce_schneier.]

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