LICENCE EXPIRED: open for submissions!

LICENCE EXPIRED: open for submissions!

That’s right, agents. We’re open for business. David Nickle and Madeline Ashby are co-editing Licence Expired: the Unauthorized James Bond for ChiZine Publications, seeking stories based on the character of James Bond as described in Ian Fleming’s fourteen published works. The anthology will be published by ChiZine Publications in Canada only, as Fleming’s work has entered the public domain only in Canada and a few other countries. Because of those legal restrictions, stories must only reference elements from Fleming’s stories,…

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Immigration is an information design problem.

Immigration is an information design problem.

While writing this column for the Ottawa Citizen on proposed changes to Canada’s immigration policy, an idea occurred to me that had taken years to crystallize. It emerged, strange but sharp, like a thorn buried under the skin that slowly eases free of the body’s confines. Immigration is an information design problem.

Meet me in Winnipeg!

Meet me in Winnipeg!

Actually, meet me and David Nickle, hosted by SM Beiko and Chadwick Ginther. Yes, in the fine old tradition of Bogart and Bacall, Gaiman and Palmer, and Bob and Bing, the nice folks at the McNally Robinson Bookstore in Winnipeg are presenting An Evening With Madeline Ashby & David Nickle, Friday March 13 at 7:30. (Yes, that’s Friday the 13th. Bring your own chainsaw.) Come watch us do our William Tell routine. We’ll read, we’ll sign, we’ll do the whole…

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Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Having Never Done One

Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Having Never Done One

So there’s this piece going around, about what students need to do succeed as writers in literary MFA programs. A lot of it is pretty basic — show up, do the work, read good books, nurse your talent. And a lot of it is pretty bitchy — there’s a bit about how being abused as a child can’t make you a better writer, which is both unnecessary and sidesteps the central literary issue of abuse narratives, namely that coming forward…

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What can serial killers tell us about artificial intelligence?

What can serial killers tell us about artificial intelligence?

I first wondered this while watching the second series of The Fall, a challenging and unapolegetically feminist take on the now-standard serial killer drama. In it, a handsome and fit man by the name of Paul Spector routinely stalks and murders women — in between making appointments as a certified bereavement counselor, going on date nights with his wife, and looking after his two children, ages eight and six. His foe is Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, an empowered take on…

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About LICENCE EXPIRED, the unauthorized Bond anthology I’m co-editing with David Nickle

About LICENCE EXPIRED, the unauthorized Bond anthology I’m co-editing with David Nickle

It’s true! Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and short stories are now public domain in Canada. When I heard this, I immediately asked my Twitter followers if I should write a James Bond novel. (Response was enthusiastic.) The thing is, I’ve already sort of written one — my second novel, iD: The Second Machine Dynasty, drew a great deal of inspiration from Fleming’s work. It’s a fast, brutal, pulpy adventure story about an Hispanic self-replicating humanoid trying to find a…

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About that new Ghost in the Shell movie

About that new Ghost in the Shell movie

As you may have heard, actress Scarlett Johansson recently signed a deal to star in DreamWorks’ upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, a Japanese transmedia franchise that began as a cyberpunk manga by Masamune Shirow (the author’s pen name) in 1989. There’s a Ghost in the Shell poster hanging above my desk, in my office. (It hangs next to the Nine Inch Nails poster and the Hollow Ichigo mask from Bleach.) I’m a nerd, and I’m first and foremost…

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On the Sony hack, and the future of film

On the Sony hack, and the future of film

The Sony hack is interesting to me on a lot of levels. One, because mine was a Sony family. My dad kept our Betamax alive until I was in university. In fact, we still have two at home — my boyfriend at the time bought us another so dad could complete his editorial projects, like mashing together a perfect cut of Close Encounters of the Third Kind that included both the Gobi Desert sequence and both endings. Yeah. We were…

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Sugoi! The Japanese vN cover is here!

Sugoi! The Japanese vN cover is here!

Aren’t they gorgeous? I’m not sure who the cover artist is, but I’m working on finding out. I really love this cover, and someday I’ll get a poster of it for my half of the office. (And one of the Company Town cover, once it has a Tor logo. Note to self.) What I like most about it is how it absolutely nails the relationships between Amy, Charlotte, and Portia. (The women on the cover could be Amy and Charlotte,…

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