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I've been Boinged!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw what Cory Doctorow wrote about my story:

This week’s Escape Pod podcast story is Madeline Ashby’s ?oyfriend, a marvellous, sweetly romantic science fiction story about teenagers who use clever artificial intelligences as “training wheels” on the way to their first real love, but who quickly find themselves substituting the warm companionship of their imaginary friends for the confusing and fraught people around them. It’s got Ashby’s sly humor, heart and it’s got clever to spare. I bought Madeline’s first published story for Tesseracts 11 and it’s wonderful to see where she’s gone since.

Note: I thought about snipping his entry, but fuck it: I’m pleased as punch at what Cory had to say, and I want to keep it forever in my own archives. Seriously, I’m wiggling in my chair, right now. I’m also blogging from my foresight class. (That’s a no-no, kids. Do as I say, not as I do.) Ironically, we spent the day talking about future uses of mobile phones.

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  1. I saw the Boinging! Grats!

  2. Rene

     /  September 18, 2009

    And well deserved too, I greatly enjoyed ßoyfriend and am impatiently waiting for your next story — hint, hint 😉

  • Madeline Ashby…

    ...is a science fiction writer, futurist, speaker, and immigrant living in Toronto. She writes a column for the Ottawa Citizen. She is represented by Anne McDermid & Associates, and Jason Richman at UTA. You can buy her books here.

    She has worked with Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, Nesta, Data & Society, The Atlantic Council, the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination, and others. Her short fiction has appeared in Nature, FLURB, Tesseracts, Imaginarium, and Escape Pod. Her other essays and criticism have appeared at BoingBoing, io9, WorldChanging, Creators Project, Arcfinity, Tor.com, MISC Magazine, FutureNow, and elsewhere.

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    vN vN (The Machine Dynasty, #1)
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    Company Town Company Town
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    iD iD (The Machine Dynasty, #2)
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    Social Services Social Services
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    ratings: 10 (avg rating 3.50)

    A Clock Stopped A Clock Stopped
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    ratings: 5 (avg rating 4.20)

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    Designing for Interaction: Creating Innovative Applications and Devices (2nd Edition)Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways: To Incorporate Whole & Natural Ingredients into Your CookingGluten-Free Girl and the ChefPeople Crossing Borders: An Analysis of U.S. Border Protection PoliciesHalf the Day Is NightThe Magicians

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