February 22, 2017

Pre-order Haunted Futures

Haunted Futures, cover by Gábor Csigas

Lots of book news at the moment. Anyway, I’m happy to announce that Haunted Futures is out on May 2nd this year, published by the excellent Ghostwoods Books. Haunted Futures is an anthology about the future featuring authors like Warren Ellis, Jeff Noon, Tricia Sullivan, SL Huang, Greg Stolze, as well as Thord D. Hedengren (that would be yours truly), among others.

My story in Haunted Futures is called Futures Past and it’s a pretty dark thing. I like it, and I hope you will too.

From the book page:

You can’t see far, and the footing is uncertain at best. Ghosts and phantoms stalk the haze around you, and their chittering will lead you astray. There are no maps to this territory, but sometimes a brave soul strides out ahead into the haunted shadows. Those who return to the campfire of the now often bear tales of the visions seared into their minds while they were out there, in the mists.

We have scoured the earth for these most daring of travelers – the ones who have ventured out into the future and returned wraith-laden. Fifteen of them agreed to share their stories. Their enthralling accounts will seize you, and you might find it difficult to fight free of them afterwards, but any risks are overshadowed by the dazzling wonders that await. So muster your courage, and dive into the pages. Haunted Futures of all kinds await you, with open arms and suspiciously toothy smiles.

Some linkage seem appropriate:

Again, Haunted Futures is due on May 2nd, 2017. Please pre-order it if you think it sounds like your thing, because pre-orders matter a lot to sales.

February 21, 2017

February 20, 2017

Ashen Sky now available as an audio book

I’m happy to announce that Ashen Sky, my post-apocalyptic novella in three parts, is now available as an audio book too! The book’s read by the excellent Leeman Kessler, who was a delight to work with, and is available through Amazon or directly from Audible. While you can still buy the ebook directly from me, I haven’t gotten around to offer the audio book yet.

Ashen Sky, the audio book

The audio book cover is a variation of the original ebook cover. Gábor Csigás was yet again responsible. I’m very happy with the result, if you’re looking for a cover artist you should definitely talk to Gábor.

I’d also like to thank Malin for bearing with me on listening through the recordings, over and over again, and Salomé for her invaluable help.

Now, if you would be so kind, please go listen to Ashen Sky, and tell your friends who prefer books in audio format to give this one a go. I think it’s a pretty good story, and I hope you do too, or will if this is the first time you’ve heard of it. Pun only slightly intended.

  • Ashen Sky - A Novella

    Life is hard for Dirk, who’s stumbling through the wasteland. Out here, far from his family, Dirk makes acquaintances that lead him upon a path he didn’t know he yearned for.

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February 6, 2017

Be careful with petitions

In days like these it’s only natural to want to do something – anything! – that could help the situation. It could be buying a t-shirt (not really helping, but sure) or sign a petition to stop whatever madness it is that’s bothering you today.

Be careful with petitions. There are several claims that petitions are being used as honeypots to get details on people that adhere to certain world-views. After all, if you sign a petition about something that’s important to you, that means that the admin of the petition will know this about you. What then happens when the admin isn’t who he or she claims to be, but rather is just hosting the petition to collect names and details on people of a certain point of view?

Potentially dangerous, that. Be careful with your personal details online, as always.

August 24, 2016

Beware the billionaire

Tom Scocca wraps up his death of Gawker post with the most harrowing thing about this whole mess:

Gawker always said it was in the business of publishing true stories. Here is one last true story: You live in a country where a billionaire can put a publication out of business. A billionaire can pick off an individual writer and leave that person penniless and without legal protection.

If you want to write stories that might anger a billionaire, you need to work for another billionaire yourself, or for a billion-dollar corporation. The law will not protect you. There is no freedom in this world but power and money.

June 26, 2016

Bingo wheel to productivity

Viviane Schwarz is using a bingo wheel to get stuff done. Throw in the projects, spin, and pick a winner. Set a timer and work on it for that amount of time. Rinse and repeat. I like it, it’s chaotic and just a little bit insane. She explains further in her The Setup piece:

It sounds quite ridiculous but it beats every other system I’ve ever tried for productivity; you just have to make sure the right balls are in the cage, throw in more if a deadline is approaching or take some out if something gets less urgent. Statistically, as long as it all gets done on time, who cares what order it happened in?

May 22, 2016

April 19, 2016

Fake fingers

Fascinating story about a Yukako Fukushima, who make prosthetic fingers to help former Yakuza to get back into society:

But for those who have transgressed – by mishandling money, failing to repay a debt, or simply offending their boss – there is a striking physical obstacle to re-entering mainstream society: the painful, and glaringly obvious, self-amputation of their little finger.

That is where Fukushima comes in. For the past two decades, the 44-year-old has hand crafted hundreds of pinkie fingers for former gangsters – a minor cosmetic accoutrement that has helped them find jobs and marriage partners, and a semblance of normal life.

April 9, 2016

The agency dictionary

Information Architects have released their dictionary. From the launch post:

The result is a growing dictionary of our internal talk enriched with a few raw diamonds that explain playfully how we see things. It is useful as a documentation of our normal madness. It’s helpful for new staff to understand us older uncles. It is interesting for old, new and prospective clients, and we certainly hope it gets interesting enough for colleagues at other agencies that they feel incited to create something similar, so we can learn how they speak.

The dictionary can be found here.

I love this, it’s a brilliant idea, useful and potentially powerful. My agency, Odd Alice, have added five people the past year, and we would’ve benefitted from having a dictionary of our own in the process. In the longer run, I think clients might appreciate it even further, because it’s never fun to ask what something means. I believe clients might feel more secure knowing there’s a way to look something up, instead of relying on a fuzzy explanation from someone who might not actually grasp the full extent of the term, technology, or whatever it is. I for one will definitely consider doing something similar for OA.

March 19, 2016