My novel "Utopia" will hit shelves in 2017

My biggest (and, IMO, best) adult novel has just sold to Tor for a very pleasing sum of money; it will hit shelves in 2017. Read the rest

12" pianist: the rest of it

"I think your genie is hard of hearing." "No kidding, you think I asked for a 12" pianist?" So the guy processes this. And he’s, like, “Does that mean..." Read the rest

Read John Hughes's original story that sparked the Vacation movies!


The classic Vacation movie series began as a 1979 short story about the Griswold family's disastrous trip to Disneyland that John Hughes published in National Lampoon magazine. At the time, Hughes was a copywriter at ad agency Leo Burnett Worldwide in Chicago. Read the rest

Stop the Music

A chilling piece of science fiction projects the future of our most frightening tech-law trends: what will the mission-creep for memory erasure look like?

Molly Crabapple's dystopian take on The Great New York Stock Exchange Outage of July, 2015

What a bunch of bull.
“I was met by fires in the streets, the screams of the dying tourists and the shouts of former traders offering sacrifices to their new gods...”

5 tips for writing science fiction to engage people who don't read it


Back in 2006, I had an epiphany. Stories are empathy engines, regardless of the medium. And for humans, they always have been. We’ve been primed to imagine other’s lives since we sat in a cave, telling the stories of our tribe and making sense of the world around us. I published an academic paper on this in 2008 and have given talks about storytelling and empathy ever since. I’m thrilled that there are now hundreds of researchers around the world searching for the neurological mechanisms that link “theory of mind networks” to empathy and narratives. PJ Manney's (R)evolution is available from Amazon.

In addition, I’ve been a futureholic throughout my life. Whether through science fact or fiction, I’ve wanted to know what was coming and how it might change everything we know. The future is very heady, complex stuff, and difficult to communicate to those who aren’t on your metaphorical wavelength, since change is inherently hard to understand or accept. With my novel, (R)evolution, I felt it was important to share research on nanotechnology and cognitive technologies like brain-computer interfaces, nanomedicine and more with an audience that might not read SF or know what is coming.

My parents are my sample audience. My father is a huge SF fan and the reason I am, too. Future-shorthand is easy with him. But my mother is so ignorant of SF, when we visited Industrial Light and Magic in 1980, she hadn’t seen Star Wars (and still hasn’t) and didn’t recognize the Yoda puppet! Read the rest

The Man Who Sold The Moon

Makers and hackers develop a robot that creates building materials from sand, and set out to send their 3D-printing marvel to the moon. In the way of their dreams? Code, crowdfunding and cancer.

SF Bay Area: Sunday March 1st, Give Me Fiction short story reading show

This Sunday at Lost Weekend Video in San Francisco, a group of comedians and writers read original short fiction at Give Me Fiction, the literary series hosted by Ivan Hernandez. Read the rest

A Reasoned Account of Seasonal Anthropomorphism and Hoarding

The story of a Velvet Underground CD and the plight of media formats long past.

Season's Greetings from the McKendricks

A family's holiday letter to their beloved postal worker and American icon. [Short Story]


Jane Harrison tells the story of man's voyage to Mars—and the dating troubles that ensue.

Miri in Love

Maggie Tokuda-Hall describes the special, intimate relationship between a woman and her office supplies.

Judy and the Dream of HORSE

Ivan Hernandez tells the story of a girl who just wants to ride, and the basketball game standing between her and freedom.

The Age of Dingdong

David Cairns tells the story of an unholy sacrifice, a Boy Scout troop, and the lengths the mega-rich would go for power.

The Autobiography of Deanna Troi

Robin Higgins presents a series of excerpts from the life of one of science fiction's most beloved half-Betazoids.

The Seed Lives Forever

A short story by Ivan Hernandez concerning a sticky corpse and a feminist private investigator.

Kevin's List

Jason Weisberger imagines a near-future where Google gets a little too eager to please.

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