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The Splintered Mind: Writings of 2020


Every New Year’s Day, I post a retrospect of the past year’s writings. Here are the retrospects of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The pandemic has slowed me down somewhat — as you’ll see from the paucity of new circulating drafts below. Keeping up with existing projects proved to be plenty to manage.

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Books

If you like this blog, you’ll probably enjoy A Theory of Jerks, since it is composed of 58 of my favorite blog posts and op-eds (among over a thousand I’ve published since 2006), revised and updated.

I’m also working on two books under contract:

    The Weirdness of the World with Princeton UP.
    As co-editor with Helen De Cruz and Rich Horton, a yet-to-be-titled anthology with MIT Press containing great classics of philosophical SF.

Full-length non-fiction essays

Appearing in print in 2020:

Finished and forthcoming:

In draft and circulating:

    Inflate and explode“. (I’m trying to decide whether to trunk this one or continue revising it.)

Shorter non-fiction

    The jerks of academe“, Chronicle of Higher Education, (Jan. 31). [A Longreads pick for best longform stories on the web.]

Science fiction stories

Some favorite blog posts

Reprints and Translations

Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird” (originally published in Clarkesworld in 2019) is probably my best received story so far. In 2020 it was podcasted a second time and also translated into Chinese:

    translated into Chinese for Science Fiction World (probably the highest circulation SF magazine in the world), Aug 2020, 58-68.

(Also in 2020, the story rose fairly high on the Nebula Awards recommended reading list, though it was not among the six finalists.)

Also newly translated:

    Reinstalling Eden” (with R. Scott Bakker, originally published in Nature in 2013), translated into German as “Paradies 2.0“, Spektrum der Wissenschaft 9:20, 88-89.



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