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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, Baen.com, 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) · 1 like

Fantasy

Eftekhar is the ambassador and spy for a recently-conquered nation, fallen under the control 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.

baked cookies low light photography
Sweeter than Lead

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

Fantasy Strange

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.

architectural photography of brown stone building
The Wind and the Spark

Jul 4, 2018 · 6,109 words (23 minutes)

Science Fiction

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

bare tree in the middle of snow field
Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O'ahu Frenzy)

Jan 23, 2018 · 863 words (4 minutes)

Humor Satire Science Fiction

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!

silhouette of woman beside aquarium with whale shark
Meltwater

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

Science Fiction

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.

mosaic window building
The Time Cookie Wars

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

Humor Science Fiction

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

chocolate chip coolies