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.)

Keynote at Biosphere 2, Crafting the Long Tomorrow


I’ll be a keynote speaker at the Crafting the Long Tomorrow conference, hosted by the University of Arizona. And it’s at Biosphere 2! Biosphere and Biosphere 2 were the seminal experiments in sustainable living in the early 90s. This grand experiment in the middle of the Sonora desert sparked the imaginations of many children, including myself.

Crafting the Long Tomorrow is a three-day, small-scale conference at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 near Tucson, Arizona. Biosphere 2 has emerged as a leading site for arts, sciences and humanities dialogues. This meeting, which coincides with the 101st anniversary of the death of the world’s last Carolina Parakeet, will encourage innovative and inventive presentations and conversation, with an eye toward public-facing engagement outcomes…

The physical sciences tell us civilization and the biosphere face extreme consequences from global trends humans have set in motion, especially climate change. Multiple disciplines can illuminate both the global emergency and the long tomorrowcrafting approaches, some likely deeply unsettling, that could extend the lifespan of our species and others. Some still deliberate about the messiness of what used to be called the two cultures of arts and sciences, even as scholars have usefully blurred those boundaries.

I’ll be reading from my novel After the Flare and discussing science fiction in Africa, creative inspiration, and Marvel’s Black Panther.