Benjamin C. Kinney is a speculative fiction author, neuroscientist, and Assistant Editor for the Hugo-nominated science fiction magazine Escape Pod. His stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Flash Fiction Online, and more. He currently lives in St. Louis with two cats and a spacefaring wife.
How can I contact you?
What do you write about?
Oh jeez, everything. I’ve written across the spectrum of science fiction and fantasy. If I want to be pretentious, I’d tell you I write about science and faith, the human mind and the inhuman mind, and where these four intersect. Also dragons.
Is that your real name?
Nope! I publish under a pen name because my real name is associated with my nonfiction work, and I want separate google searches for those two tracks. I am a neuroscientist currently working in St. Louis, Missouri. My research interests include how the the brain’s mechanisms of handedness interact with nerve injuries and rehabilitation.
Why that pen name?
“Kinney” is a re-spelling of my mother’s maiden name, and the “C” is a family heirloom from my father’s side. Some puns survive for generations.
What does your website title mean?
It’s a reference to a stage of neural development that continues in the brain until adulthood: neural pruning. It’s my way of saying “website/life under development” in a too-clever neuroscience way.
I heard your wife went to Mars! Is that true?
What is your all-time favorite endorsement?
“you are the soul of books” – Chuck Tingle
How can I support your work?
Most of my fiction is in free online venues, but on my Publications page you can find a few anthologies that you should definitely buy. In addition, you can subscribe to me on Curious Fictions, which collects most of my previously-published stories.
I don’t have a Patreon/Drip/etc because I receive adequate money from my day job, so go help out a writer with a tighter budget. But if you really want to support my work, consider backing the Escape Artists patreon!