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"Milk+" now at The Orphan!

You can read my story, “Milk+” at The Orphan. Snip: Braxtin had no need for the milk bar until a week after starting Milk+. By then, her breasts already felt stretched and sore, and a hot little knot of pain had tightened between her shoulders. But according to the pamphlet inside her free box of […]

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 […]

"?oyfriend" at EscapePod

Good news! One of my stories has made it to Escape Pod! That means that someone, somewhere will get to read aloud about romantically-inclined mobile phone apps, and post-prom chicken fights in hot tubs. Good news all ’round, I say. Special thanks to Dave for encouraging me to submit the story. I was so pleased […]

"The Chair" is (a)live! (And in NATURE!)

One chilly morning in January, I phoned Squid for his birthday. As I padded barefoot between the living room window and the kitchen talking about how far up the simulated brainstem one might nestle robot :: human affective bonding, I casually made reference to a story idea I had. “Oh, wow,” he said. “You have […]

In more good news

…OTB is, according to one blogger, one of the best new stories of 2009. (Thanks again, Dave. You’re the best pal ever.)


Courtesy of my pal Dave, I learned that Lois Tilton at the Internet Review of Science Fiction had some pretty nice things to say about my story “Off-Track Betting” from Flurb #7. One of the things I like best about this review — aside from the fact that Ms. Tilton recommends my story — is […]

"Off-Track Betting" now available at FLURB

A story of mine called “Off-Track Betting” has finally found a home, and you can read it here, compliments of Rudy Rucker, who was kind enough to give it a home. As I told my workshop (who might not remember the title, as I wrote the story some time ago), “it’s about alien nanites who […]

Published in FLURB #6!

I’m very happy and proud to announce that you can read my story Fitting A New Suit at Godfather-Of-Cyberpunk Rudy Rucker’s ‘zine, FLURB, which my friends assure me is a “HOMG!”-worthy offence. Here’s an excerpt: “There, isn’t that better?” Dai shifted inside his new suit. Unlike his previous one, this felt like a piece of […]

Honourable Mention

My story, “In Which Joe and Laurie Save Rock n’ Roll,” originally published in Tesseracts Eleven, has just been granted an honourable mention in Gardner Dozois Twenty-fifth Annual Year’s Best Science Fiction. Before I got my hands on a copy of the book, I had Dave take pictures for me: Honourable Mention Also I made […]

  • Madeline Ashby… 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,, MISC Magazine, FutureNow, and elsewhere.

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    vN vN (The Machine Dynasty, #1)
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    ratings: 2160 (avg rating 3.43)

    Company Town Company Town
    reviews: 232
    ratings: 1217 (avg rating 3.68)

    iD iD (The Machine Dynasty, #2)
    reviews: 73
    ratings: 439 (avg rating 3.66)

    Social Services Social Services
    reviews: 3
    ratings: 10 (avg rating 3.50)

    A Clock Stopped A Clock Stopped
    reviews: 2
    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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