[welcome]

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne:  Science fiction writer and researcher from Sri Lanka. I work on big data, talk to cats, and spend my days filling notebooks with strange ideas and code.

For general information, as well press stuff and references, hop over here. You can also find me on Goodreads, Amazon, and Twitter.

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WRITING PROGRESS, 2018:

[novel] The Inhuman Race (The Commonwealth Empires Trilogy #1)
Complete, awaiting publication by HarperCollins 90%
[novel] The Inhuman Peace (The Commonwealth Empires Trilogy #2)
Worldbuilding 10%
[short] Omega Point (Standalone)
Published! 100%
[short] Genesis (Collaborative graphic short)
Published! 100%
[short] Deep Ocean Blues (Anthology: 2054)
Publsihed! 100%
[short] The Writing Contest (Anthology: Future Visions)
Published! 100%
[collaborative short] Messenger (Anthology: The Expanding Universe, Volume IV)
A little bit more work to do 70%
[short] Guns and Roses (Anthology: Backblast Area Clear)
Complete, awaiting publication 1%

I decided to put in some serious effort into  short stories this year while I work on the novels for HarperCollins. One, I’m a huge fan of short stories in science fiction – there’s a lot you can do with the form (Damon Knight and Ted Chiang, anyone?). Two, because it lets me practice my craft, work with people I like, and explore moonshot concepts over weekend writing binges.  

Empires that bounce back

A wonderful writers’ group I’m part of recently started discussing civilization. There were many sub-discussions, but one thing struck my interest: someone pointed out that our civilization, unlike any that has gone before is global, networked across the entire planet. And thus, how it might fall cannot be predicted from studying past empires, which were just isolated pockets without the network effects.