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This year, talk about the future you want.

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

2017 made me sick. Literally.

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 a Canadian, my literary agent is Canadian, my most recent novel made it to the final round of Canada Reads,…

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Wrapped in Plastic: Nostalgia, of Televised and Other Kinds

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, hire Jacob! He helped talk me through the initial concept. In any case, I find it appropriate to return to…

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

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 a shortlist of five, each of which is advocated for by a Canadian celebrity. There are also public appearances and…

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See America by rail: some lessons from 2016

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 of me that is still a child watching a Betamax copy of North by Northwest taped from TV remains fascinated…

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Awards eligibility, 2016 edition

Awards eligibility, 2016 edition

I tend not to write these, mostly because I’m absorbed in Twitter and other end of year tasks. But I realized that I actually had a novel and a couple of publicly-available short stories come out this year, instead of half-finished novels and science fiction prototypes that never travel outside a board room. (Although I did write those, too.) So, without further ado:

ROGUE ONE, hope, and the urban-rural divide

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 tentacles. I went in expecting a story plagued by re-shoots, a film about defeating fascists that Disney executive Bob Iger…

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Swapping SNEAKERS

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. But instead of cute-but-scrawny Matthew Broderick, it has rumpled-but-sexy Robert Redford. I’m not saying that Sneakers is entirely responsible for…

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My Comic-Con schedule

My Comic-Con schedule

While I was away on the Company Tour (which I really need to write up), I received an invitation to participate on a panel on science fiction and futurism at San Diego Comic Con. A friend of mine couldn’t do it, and recommended me, instead. I know, right? I am a very lucky person. (Very lucky, and very grateful.)