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I’m a science fiction writer, represented by Monica Pacheco of Anne McDermid & Associates. My debut novel vN is available from Angry Robot Books. It’s the first in a series called The Machine Dynasty, about self-replicating humanoids, Rapture sects, giant squids, and fast food. Here are some reviews. The second in the series, iD, is also available from Angry Robot Books. At the moment, I am working on the third and final book of the series, Rev.

At the tail-end of 2014, I signed a two-book deal with Tor Books, including my standalone novel Company Town. My following book with Tor has yet to be written.

In 2015, I plan to co-edit an un-authorized anthology of James Bond stories with my partner David Nickle, called Licence Expired. Ian Fleming’s Bond novels and stories have entered the public domain in Canada, and we are partnering with Canadian indepedent publisher ChiZine Publications to bring forward a collection of new Bond stories from new perspectives.

Short Stories

Listed below are the stories of mine that other people have published. Some of them are free. They are listed chronologically, so the most recent publications will be at the bottom of this page. I hope that you enjoy them.



I’m a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen, a PostMedia publication. You can read my columns here.

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  1. Hi Madeline!

    What does “free” actually mean? Some Creative Commons License? Public Domain? Read online but don’t download and share?

    • Madeline

       /  April 18, 2012

      Well, in this context it just means “not behind a paywall.”

  2. James

     /  September 6, 2012

    Just finished vN. It was simply brilliant. Please write more.

  3. Norayr Gurnagul

     /  November 1, 2012

    I just finished reading your short story “The Education of Junior Number 12” and loved it, looking forward to getting your novel vN.

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    ...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 novels 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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