Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney is a SFF writer, neuroscientist, and the Assistant Editor at the Hugo-nominated science fiction podcast magazine Escape Pod.

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Benjamin C. Kinney is a SFF writer, neuroscientist, and the Assistant Editor at the Hugo-nominated science fiction podcast magazine Escape Pod. Despite his frozen New England heart, he lives in St. Louis with two cats and his spacefaring wife. He no longer creates cyborg monkeys, after too many nights delivering them Prozac. His short stories have been published in Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and more; his nonfiction has appeared in Clarkesworld,, and via his mostly-weekly #NeuroThursday feature. He swears this is all true, even the monkeys and the Martians.

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Toward Lands Uncharted

Nov 9, 2018 · 4,946 words (18 minutes) · 2 likes · 432 views

Fantasy Memory Loss Maps imperialism

Eftekhar is the ambassador and spy for a recently-conquered nation, fallen under the control of an empire with border-magic that rewrites maps and forces the world to follow. To confront the power of the Censor of Maps, Eftekhar must risk the erasure of her people, her history, and her own memories.

Baking home made shortbreads biscuits
Sweeter than Lead

Jul 5, 2018 · 2,763 words (11 minutes) · 245 views

Fantasy Strange prophecy Eldritch

High Seer Yeva must teach her successor the skills of prophecy. But when foresight only shows scenes of terror and death, one must tread carefully to avoid catching the eye of the future itself.

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The Wind and the Spark

Jul 4, 2018 · 6,109 words (23 minutes) · 1 like · 108 views

Science Fiction steampunk Arctic

On a remote Arctic base, mysterious automata may hold the secret to ending the forty-year war against Napoleon's war machines.

Tree in fog and snow
Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O'ahu Frenzy)

Jan 23, 2018 · 863 words (4 minutes) · 419 views

Humor Satire Science Fiction Sharks Reality Television Reality TV

Will you join me in overthrowing the producers of Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O'ahu Frenzy)? Don't answer now, the cameras are on you – look fierce and chug this can of Powerthirst!


Dec 16, 2017 · 2,256 words (9 minutes) · 289 views

Science Fiction far future Distributed Minds

Percel, one small fragment of a distributed artificial intelligence, must convince her love to return from self-imposed exile, so she will have one other individual to keep her company rebuilding the Earth.

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The Time Cookie Wars

Oct 2, 2017 · 964 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 387 views

Humor Science Fiction time travel Cookies duplicate black comedy Blodplättar

If your past self let the cookie stash run empty, now's your chance to steal them back.

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The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R.

Sep 17, 2017 · 3,443 words (13 minutes) · 5 likes · 469 views

Fantasy ghosts ghost stories ghost science

The ghost manifests, reenacts the scene of their death, and fades again into the ether. Encountering a ghost might be frightening, but that terror is nothing compared to the experience of being the ghost.

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