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New fiction

Oh, hello, there. Have you been there this whole time? I’m sorry. As you may have gathered, I have some new fiction out. Three stories, in fact: “Domestic Violence” Slate This is a story about smart home technology being weaponized by abusers, and the chief of staff at a Toronto tech startup who decides she’s going to do something about it.…

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Good news, everybody!

Recent Excursions

2018 is shaping up to be a less travel-heavy year than 2017 was. I’ve been teaching two courses in the Digital Futures programme at OCADU, which has kept me in Toronto for most of the winter term. Also, I joined the roster of Perfect Note Speakers, which is a speaking agency local to Canada. But that doesn’t mean I’ve been staying at…

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Futurism

This year, talk about the future you want.

This is very sound. If I had one piece of 2018 advice for literally everyone, it would be to talk, loudly and frequently and in detail, about the future you want. You can’t manifest what you don’t share. https://t.co/SeDwRqErnv — Madeline Ashby (@MadelineAshby) December 31, 2017

Canadians like it on top, Life

2017 made me sick. Literally.

  I won’t lie. 2017 was good to me, and it wasn’t good to a lot of my friends and family. Most of that has to do with the fact that I’m in Canada and they’re in the United States. I’m a permanent resident here, working on attaining citizenship. My graduate degrees come from Canadian institutions, and I’m married to…

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Meta

Wrapped in Plastic: Nostalgia, of Televised and Other Kinds

(Note: I was originally intending to write this piece for Jacob Clifton, while he was working for Screener. But a national reading competition, plus teaching three classes at two universities, plus tteaching in Dubai, plus putting my mother-in-law in one nursing home and then another, plus a depressive episode, destroyed me. If you’re an editor and you like this piece,…

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Canadians like it on top, Good news, everybody!

What I’ve been up to: Canada Reads, Dubai, teaching

Did you know that Company Town has been shortlisted for CBC Books’ Canada Reads 2017? For those who aren’t familiar with it, Canada Reads is a national books competition sponsored by Canada’s public broadcaster. This year, the theme is “What is the one book that all Canadians should read right now?” First there’s a longlist of between 10-15 books, then…

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Life

See America by rail: some lessons from 2016

This is the view from the Amtrak Coast Starlight train as it journeys through Oregon, from Seattle to Los Angeles. I took it this summer, after wrapping up a gig with ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination at a publishing event in Vancouver. I’ve wanted to take this particular train trip since first hearing about it, years ago. The part…

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Meta

ROGUE ONE, hope, and the urban-rural divide

  “Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.” Like a lot of people, my husband and I saw Rogue One last night in an effort to stave off the Sarlacc pit of panic opening its devouring maw beneath our feet and ensnaring the totality of 2016 in its twisting…

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These fragments I have shored against my ruins

Swapping SNEAKERS

I’ve said it before, but SNEAKERS told us more about the future than HACKERS did. https://t.co/C6LLXpCH84 — Madeline Ashby (@MadelineAshby) June 18, 2016 I have a deep and abiding love for Sneakers, Phil Alden Robinson’s film, penned in part by Lawrence Lasker, who also wrote War Games. Like that film it’s also a critique of how technology and power intersect.…

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