For this week’s NeuroThursday, I started writing one on Elon Musk’s NeuraLink, but it only ended up being five tweets‘ worth of material. So I called that my “placebo NeuroThursday,” and followed it up with a full-length one on the placebo effect!
This week’s all new, never-seen-before NeuroThursday: on déjà vu, and the details of human memory that make this phenomenon possible.
I’m delighted to announce that as of this morning, I am the new Assistant Editor at Escape Pod!
This is a very exciting step up! Longtime editor Norm Sherman is stepping aside, and previous Assistant Editor S.B. Divya has stepped up to be Co-Editor, alongside the equally excellent Mur Lafferty.
As Assistant Editor, I’ll be responsible for looking at the comments of our Associate Editors (slush readers, such as I was for the past year), converting most of them into rejection letters, and sending the top few up to our editors. For those of you curious how our process works, or what our rejection letters mean, stay tuned – I plan to share my process once it becomes established and stable!
I’m thrilled to step up into this greater role & responsibilities with the amazing team at Escape Pod and the whole Escape Artists podcast family. For those of you who write, go forth and send us your best science fiction. For all of you out there, subscribe to our podcast or read the texts – we’ve got a lot of great stories for you!
I’m thrilled to announce that my flash-length science fiction story, Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O’ahu Frenzy), will be appearing in the Cat’s Breakfast anthology, coming out this summer in e-book and paper from Third Flatiron Press!
It’s a small press, but they’re a pro market, and from what I hear about the table of contents, it’s going to an amazing anthology, on the theme of Kurt Vonnegut’s style and sensibility. I think my little story will fit right in, with its dry and wicked tale of the back-stage and -stabbing shenanigans among reality TV show competitors. And cyborg sharks, naturally.
I’ll be back to tell you more about it in June when the anthology comes out!
NeuroThursday took a nap last week, but it’s returned with dreams of explaining why sleep deprivation is a thing – and why it’s probably your thing.
It looks like one of my stories is up at Audible.com: it’s the Time Cookie Wars, originally published in Flash Fiction Online! If you want to hear an audio version, this is your first & only place to go listen.
Be warned, if you haven’t seen this story before, it’s a wee bit darker than the blurb suggests. I’d definitely classify this as “black comedy.”
For this week’s NeuroThursday, I tackle the recent scientific evidence for psychic powers – and why it’s unconvincing despite getting published in a major peer-reviewed scientific journal.
For the tenth NeuroThursday, I explain why our arms are so much more complex than the movements they have to perform. With bonus Soviet Science Photos!
Once upon a time (in the bygone days of 2016), I would post monthly news updates here. This year, not so much. Too redundant, with all else going on. If you still want to see a once-monthly roundup of what I’ve been doing, sign up for my mailing list! It has all the same stuff you would’ve read here, plus exclusive content of story excerpts and cat photos.
But fear not – new events and excitements will continue to appear here as they happen!
My neo-Lovecraftian short story, “Sweeter than Lead,” is now up at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores!
Subscription required, but it’s only a few dollars a year – and all the stories there (mine included) come with original artwork! Money well spent, with the articles and stories that come out every week.
If you want to read more about the story, check out the notes that accompanied its original publication at PodCastle.