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Reading at the Augusta House!

Reading at the Augusta House!

It’s absurd that I haven’t blogged this before, but tomorrow night, February 8, I’ll be at the Augusta House, reading from vN. I’ll be joined by none other than writers Mike Bryant and Adrienne Kress, and ukulelist Kari Maaren. The Facebook event page is here, so you can throw your name in the ring of attendees. This will be my first time reading from vN, and it’s a little intimidating — not least because I’m still recovering from the flu,…

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I’m on TVO this evening!

I’m on TVO this evening!

Today I made my first appearance on television with The Agenda with Steve Paikin, a panel show on TV Ontario that airs five nights a week at 8 and 11. I was in a segment with Rob Sawyer, Jesse Hirsch, and James Hughes. We were talking about The Future, and I got to relay a funny story from Anticipation, the Montreal Worldcon, among other things. Note: You can now watch the entire episode here. I’m still recovering a from a…

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The Reputation Society

The Reputation Society

I’m in another book this year, and it’s called The Reputation Society: How Online Opinions Are Reshaping the Offline World. I wrote a chapter in it based on what I’d learned from fan studies, what I’d learned in foresight studies, and my experiences as a science fiction writer. In fact, I wrote a little story for the book, in addition to the essay I included. Because the book is about reputation, I wrote about Japan, fallen women, and high school….

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vN nuts and bolts

vN nuts and bolts

The swell chaps at Angry Robot Books (AKA my publishers) have posted the premise of vN: Amy Peterson is a self-replicating humanoid robot. For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive. Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive,…

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If you’re feeling generous…

If you’re feeling generous…

The nominations for the Hugo Awards are open, and if you like, you could nominate my work for a couple of things: Best Novelette: The Education of Junior Number 12 Best Fan Writer: For my work at Tor.com Naturally, it goes without saying that I think you should nominate Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, by David Nickle, for Best Novel. But I’m biased.

Story: “The Education of Junior Number 12”

Story: “The Education of Junior Number 12”

I apologize for the lack of posts, lately. I’m wrapping up edits on vN, a process that’s been complicated by a 1.5-week-long battle with the flu, bronchitis, and an allergic reaction to meds. (Thankfully, I was well cared-for throughout all of it.) But to make up for it, I have a new story available (for free!) for you: The Education of Junior Number 12. Here’s a taste: It started with a meal. It usually did. From silent prison guards in…

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I still write about anime, too.

I still write about anime, too.

No, really. It’s not all security, all the time. For example, my latest at Tor.com, on why the Akira adaptation is a big deal. Snip: One of Akira’s distinguishing characteristics is that none of its characters ever gets to be the hero for very long. Kaneda is careless. Tetsuo is weak. The story gives both of them moments of failure and success, without ever indicating that either character is “right.” In the film, Kaneda tries to rescue Tetsuo, only to…

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Loss Prevention: Customer Service as Border Security

Loss Prevention: Customer Service as Border Security

As you may have noticed, part of my thesis is available on BoingBoing. Assuming this whole attachment thing works as planned, the project in its entirety should be available here, now. So if you feel like reading over a hundred pages of research on wicked problems, service design, and border security, take a look!

Bordertown in the National Post

Bordertown in the National Post

You may recall that in September, I participated in the Bordertown design studio, a ten-week project based out of Toronto’s Site 3 hackspace. We met each week to discuss readings, to dialogue with guest speakers on the subject of international border policy, and to play design games. We also created art installations for the Detroit Design Festival. Now you can read an interview with the project founders at the National Post.