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Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist and SFF author who writes stories about minds, memory, faith, and the occasional conquistador dragon.

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Benjamin C. Kinney is a SFF writer, neuroscientist, and two-time Hugo Award finalist as Assistant Editor of the science fiction podcast magazine Escape Pod. Despite his frozen New England heart, he lives in St. Louis with three cats and his ex-Martian wife. He no longer creates cyborg monkeys, after too many nights delivering them Prozac. His short stories have been published in Analog, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and elsewhere; his nonfiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Baen.com, and via his once-regular #NeuroThursday feature. He swears this is all true, even the monkeys and the Martians.

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Featured March 24, 2021

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Conference of the Birds

Published Feb 15, 2021 · 3,979 words (15 minutes) · 1 like · 773 views

Science Fiction cyberpunk Robots artificial intelligence

To track down a rogue human agent, an AI surveillance program heads down a forbidden path: imitating a human mind, in all its capriciousness. Just what a human simulacrum armed with a flock of bird drones will do, however, is anyone’s guess.

Benjamin C. Kinney is a SFF writer, neuroscientist, and two-time Hugo Award finalist as Assistant Editor of the science fiction podcast magazine Escape Pod. His work has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, and more.

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Featured November 15, 2019

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Elegy of Carbon

Published Nov 14, 2019 · 4,122 words (15 minutes) · 4 likes · 1655 views

Science Fiction Robots far future artificial intelligence space opera

For centuries, a lone miner robot has scoured the edges of the solar system in search of the finest diamonds. But once every diamond has been found, this robot will strike out towards Earth to find a new purpose and identity—even if it means defying humans for the first time.

Benjamin C. Kinney is a SFF writer, neuroscientist, and the Assistant Editor at the Hugo-nominated Escape Pod. His short stories and nonfiction have appeared in Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Baen.com and more, and he lives in St. Louis with two cats and his spacefaring wife.

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Toward Lands Uncharted

Published Nov 9, 2018 · 4,946 words (18 minutes) · 2 likes · 1259 views

Fantasy imperialism Memory Loss Maps

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.

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Sweeter than Lead

Published Jul 5, 2018 · 2,763 words (11 minutes) · 774 views

Fantasy prophecy Eldritch 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.

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The Wind and the Spark

Published Jul 4, 2018 · 6,109 words (23 minutes) · 1 like · 701 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.

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Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O'ahu Frenzy)

Published Jan 23, 2018 · 863 words (4 minutes) · 993 views

Humor Satire Science Fiction Reality TV Sharks Reality Television

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!

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Meltwater

Published Dec 16, 2017 · 2,256 words (9 minutes) · 809 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

Published Oct 2, 2017 · 964 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 1032 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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Featured November 2, 2017

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

Published Sep 17, 2017 · 3,443 words (13 minutes) · 5 likes · 1265 views

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We have one more ghost story to share with you before we say goodbye to Halloween. This one may make you wonder: who says we can't change our fate after death? Benjamin C. Kinney is a writer and neuroscientist who loves to explore the intersection of science and faith, and the human and inhuman mind, and it sure shows in this story. Give it a read! If you like it, leave a tip, comment, or share with friends.

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