by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne First published 2018, in Future Visions (Goodreads link) I wish my mother would die. A son is not supposed to say such things, but there comes a time. Look at her, now. All alone in this dark room. It stinks of dying––you know that rotting, sickly-sweet smell that old people give off,… Read more The Writing Contest
by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne First published 2019, in Horizons Beyond (Goodreads link) It was when the riot began that Jordan noticed that his arms were missing. The other students, of course, never noticed: they screamed, they charged, and when the dust settled, their bodies lay scattered across the ground, knocked down like so many bowling… Read more Ozymandias
by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne First published 2018, in 2054 (Goodreads link) Picture the ocean on a stormy night. Wave fronts breaking under the storm. Water tossing, turning, frothing, a heaving mass of black that was once blue. A deepness so vast and so profound it would crush your bones long before you even hit the… Read more Deep Ocean Blues
I’ve been reading Robin Sloan’s video game development diary with much interest. Partly because his joy of creation that shines through – and the world desperately needs more of that in these COVID-19 times. But also partly because he’s using machine learning to generate descriptions of castles for his video game. A bit of background:… Read more Adventures in machine-generated text: short-burst creativity, and why classical CS has it wrong
2019 might have had some real low notes in it, but it ended well: I finished the second book in the Commonwealth Empire series, and booped it off to Swati Daftuar at HarperCollins India. I’ve written about this particular beast before. I had a great deal of trouble with the thing. I finished the first… Read more The second Commonwealth Empires book is done!