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I've been Boinged!

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…

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Even robots got more game than me

Even robots got more game than me

This super-fast robot hand dribbles, throws, and tweezes more effectively than I do. If you could observe the current state of my eyebrows, you would know this to be true. You’ve probably already seen this footage, so I thought I’d show you some eventual applications for super-fast robot hands. (Oh, shut up. That would chafe and you know it.) Warning: Major spoilers below for Stand Alone Complex. In all seriousness, I get really excited when I see stuff like the…

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Worldcon 09: a debrief

Worldcon 09: a debrief

I’m listening to Haydn on CBC Radio 2, drinking coffee and avoiding printing up my thesis. My head is still full of parties, the demon rum, and hastily-recalled French. If those three things don’t scream “Worldcon” at you, then you clearly weren’t there. It’s rare that an event one hears about so frequently actually lives up to one’s imagination. I left Montreal completely satisfied and excited by my experience despite my utter exhaustion and sincere desire to return home to…

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As luck would have it…

As luck would have it…

…I’m sitting in a dimly-lit room on Gibraltar Point, polishing my thesis and working on more stories about robots. I lucked into this place — which is beautiful, and spooky, and exactly what I need — because Peter Watts got lucky in Germany and couldn’t take his usual Point position, and offered me the spot. The turnabout happened so quickly, in fact, that his name is still on my key fob. My luck has been good, lately. Through random chance,…

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"SF" stands for "strategic foresight"

"SF" stands for "strategic foresight"

Good news, everybody! I’ve been accepted to the M.Des. program in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at the Ontario College of Art and Design. When I tried explaining the program to my mom, I said: “It’s about designing solutions for future problems on every level — from product to policy.” One of the more contemporary problems being tackled by the Strategic Innovation Lab? Publishing. I mention this because John Scalzi has an absolutely fantastic post on the subject, and Patrick Nielsen…

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"?oyfriend" at EscapePod

"?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 about this news that I spent extra time in the kitchen, today: From Food From Food Above, you’ll find the bento I’m taking with me…

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possible "Trico" trailer afoot

possible "Trico" trailer afoot

I’m posting this footage for Death Ray, and anyone else who’s curious about a possible followup to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, two of the most important games to come out of the PlayStation household in recent years. Honey, we need a PS3.

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

"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 to write that story.” “It’s a one-liner,” I said. “It’s trite.” “But it’s great! You can do it in a thousand words. Come on, you…

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