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Story Notes for "Traces of Us"

My latest story, “Traces of Us,” is now live at GigaNotoSaurus. It’s a story about sentient spaceships and neuroscientists in love. It’s dear to my heart for a number of reasons, and I’m so gratified by the responses it’s been getting from readers. (Writer and critic Charles Payseur has an absolutely beautiful review--with spoilers!--here)
The story is grounded in some very real science. I'd like to talk a little about that scientific grounding, and the inspirations (both scientific and not) behind this story.

SPOILERS (I’d suggest continuing only after finishing “Traces of Us”)

















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The story seed
The seed for this story came from a feature article I read in The New York Times back in 2015,“A Dying Young Woman’s Hope in Cryonics and a Future.” It’s a beautifully written story about Kim Suozzi, a young woman who died of brain cancer at the age of 23, but who hoped to have her mind preserved for the future. Alongside a moving and vivid portrayal o…

New story out in Reading 5X5 anthology! And a cooking lesson!

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I forgot to mention this earlier, but the Reading 5X5 anthology came out this week!

Five stories told five different ways, twenty-five authors in all. I have a story here, alongside some amazing writers I know. For a more detailed explanation of the concept behind this book, and links on how to buy it, visit the official website here (note: all proceeds benefit charity!)
My story is about food and family. It's about magic and the end of the world and what happens when family ties fray. And oh, can I mention food again? This story is perhaps a little indulgent in its descriptions of Thai food.
Last night, to celebrate the release of this book, I made Thai chicken curry puffs. My mother made them for parties and special occasions when I was a child, but I had never learned how to do it from her. I cobbled together a recipe from the Internet, and made these on my own (with the help of Eldest Daughter who helped fold and crimp the puffs at the end.To be honest, she was the one who figure…

New story at GigaNotoSaurus! "Traces of Us"

I have a new story out today at the online magazine GigaNotoSaurus! It’s my second publication there, and I’m so excited to appear there again.
The story is called “Traces of Us,” and it’s a hard science fiction story about sentient spaceships and neuroscientists in love. It’s also something of a love letter to St. Louis, where I lived years ago. It’s dear to my heart, and I hope you read and enjoy it.
More story notes to come soon =)