Breaking Glass

“Glass,” a very short story of mine about psychopaths, mirror neurons, biochemical consciences, and very sharp screwdrivers, has just been published on the Technology Review Magazine site. You can read it for free on the site or (I don’t know why you’d do this) wait for the print version to come out. 

Technology Review, published by MIT since 1899 (when steam was king and “hot technology” was no metaphor), is a magazine and now website that, well, reviews technology. But every so often they invite science fiction writers to lie to their readers. It’s kind of a reciprocal agreement — for years the site has provided one-stop shopping for near-future Sf writers looking for the next new geegaw to pin a short story to. 

I’m honored that “Glass” is being run side-by-side with Algis Budrys’ The Distant Sound of Engines, first published in 1959. Budrys, who died this past June, was one of the most influential writers and teachers in SF.  He certainly influenced me — I read his novel “Who?” in 7th grade and was blown away. Also in the issue is Mark Williams’ excellent essay, The Alien Novelist, which discusses the impact that the man had on SF.  

And while you’re on the site, look up previous stories, such as David Marusek’s Osama Phone Home. Cool stuff.