Panel at the Nebula Awards on May 31

I’ll be speaking at the 2020 Nebula Awards with a panel of great authors. The Nebulas are a preeminent science fiction event focused on literature — unlike many comicons, which gravitate towards film and television. The panel topic is “Who and What I am”, which will explore challenging questions around identity and place in science fiction.

Like many of you, I would have preferred to be at the event in person, but the coronavirus pandemic calls for creative — and safe solutions. The Nebulas responded to the outbreak by offering to refund all attendees and then vastly reduced its programming. I’m looking forward to joining in this experiment with my fellow panelists on Sunday, May 31.

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Listen to When We Were Patched at Escape Pod

I’m honored to have my short story When We Were Patched available on audio over at Escape Pod. When We Were Patched was first published in Slate as part of a collaboration with ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination. It depicts a troubled A.I. referee of a futuristic racket sport.

In this new treatment by the Nebula-nominated Escape Pod, voice actor David D. Levine serves as the narrator — and it’s amazing. You can listen to the story or download it over at Escape Pod.

Short story on nanosatellites in MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review published my new short story on nanosatellites in its July / August 2019 space issue. The magazine is experiencing a resurgence with its new editor Gideon Lichfield, who is prominently featuring science fiction as a way to explore the cutting edge issues of our time.

In Her Light is my whimsical take on the emergence of nanosatellites. Although first introduced in the 1960s, nanosats now come in various forms ranging from the miniscule (picosatellites) to the practical (CubeSats). The Planetary Society’s Lightsail 2 spacecraft is an example of a Cubesat. At the same time, companies such as Space X and Blue Origin are sending thousands of nanosats into space for various motivations.

As the story explains, these tiny satellites offer tremendous potential for improving communications and science. But how will we manage them all? And who owns and uses them? I explore these questions and others through Canadian and Kenyan protagonists. Thanks to Konstantin Kakaes for his insightful editing of the story.

Please pick up a copy at your nearest newstand. If you’re a traveler, that’s usually the airport.


New scifi story and audiobook in Lightspeed Magazine

Lightspeed Magazine published my short story Between the Dark and the Dark in the June 2019 issue. The issue features an audio version of the story and an interview where I talk about my inspiration. If you’re not familiar with it, Lightspeed is published by John Joseph Adams, a leading publisher and thinker in the realms of fantasy, horror, and scifi.

Short version here: interstellar travel will be hard and we’ll have to put a lot of thought into how we conserve food and water. I take a look at how we might evolve culturally to deal with these challenges, with lots of suspense and futuristic technology built in. I’ve been interested in Central American and African cultures for most of my life and this story builds upon those passions.

Interview on The Imaginaries Podcast

I had a fascinating and engaging conversation with Kend and Tony on The Imaginaries, a popular podcast that examines scifi and fantasy through a critical lens. We covered Afrofuturism, the Black Panther, Jurassic Park (my favorite) and lots of other cool topics. You can download the episode on iTunes. Or subscribe on the service of your choice here:

You can read the full transcript here (downloads from Dropbox.)