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Matt Weber

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For a free copy of my post-post-apocalyptic science fantasy, The Dandelion Knight , subscribe to my mailing list! Or, for a ton of free-to-read short fiction, check me out on Wattpad.

My epic wuxia fantasy, The Eighth King , is now available on Kindle! I've published short fiction in Nature , Cosmos, and The Nassau Literary Review; I've been anthologized in Futures from Nature and twice won Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest.

I’m a data scientist by trade, a neuroscientist by training, a father and husband by love and grit and happenstance, a coffee junkie by necessity. I have three small children who are better than all of you stacked on top of one another.

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Matt Weber Hi Jeff -- there will be a print version available on Amazon at some point, but my publisher hasn't apprised me of the release date for that. :) I'll…moreHi Jeff -- there will be a print version available on Amazon at some point, but my publisher hasn't apprised me of the release date for that. :) I'll try to make sure I update Goodreads about it when I know. I appreciate the interest, and best of luck in your own writing!(less)
Matt Weber Well, since Valentine's Day is coming up, I'll say Vlad and Cawti from Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos books. Easily the realest, most heartwrenching…moreWell, since Valentine's Day is coming up, I'll say Vlad and Cawti from Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos books. Easily the realest, most heartwrenching breakup in fiction, at least in anything I've read.

Runner-up, for sheer balls: Detective Miller and Julie Mao from LEVIATHAN WAKES. Basically a love story between a more or less normal human being and Tetsuo from AKIRA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awc1Z...), with the added bonus that the mutant fleshmass is also capable of turning space stations into starships and otherwise doing violence to the laws of physics. Cute!(less)
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The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust
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This is fantasy that reveals another way to do fantasy -- deep worldbuilding and a secondary-world setting don't necessitate massive, backstory-filled books or epic, world-shaking plots or ponderous, elevated diction; they can be fast-paced and snark ...more
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Look, you're not going to get moderation about Gene Wolfe from me; AFAIC he is one of the best writers in English ever -- which is not at all to say he is without flaws, but which is to say that I can't think of someone else I'd rather read a randoml ...more
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President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett
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Funny premise, fabulous art, unusually quotable lines. Also a GENUINELY INTRIGUING selection of "facts about President Taft and bathtubs" after the close of the main text.
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Concrete, Volume 1 by Paul Chadwick
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I picked up THE HUMAN DILEMMA as it was coming out close to 10 years ago and got instantly hooked; I've been gutted that there's been no new CONCRETE since. The stories are deliberately small in scale, occasionally reaching for medium, and honestly t ...more
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The Man with the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi
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Stuff Stephenson's skill at near-future speculation, Murakami's casual mysticism and Vonnegut's flair for the absurd into a bamboo shumai steamer and something like this might be what you'd get. This is a melancholy book, and one that resists interpr ...more
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Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
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Just a really fucking excellent book. Characters, prose, plot, world-building, magic, all 100%. Definitely kind of an undertaking -- it's the start of a 10-book series, all of which are long and dense and complex, and the plotlines and characters pil ...more
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Not exactly the gonzo thrill ride you might expect from a time-traveling serial killer story... but something better, a story that acknowledges the victimization of women while centering the women's perspectives, while also being a time-traveling ser ...more
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The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
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Touching as Hell, scary as Hell, gripping as Hell, bleak as Hell. Bonus points for unapologetic use of fast zombies!

Seriously, a beautifully written story driven by good science and a real emotional core. Not a happy ending, but a perfect one.
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Kill or be Killed, Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker
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Hard-boiled crime isn't typically my genre, but Brubaker always works for me and it's getting slightly frustrating trying to figure it out. In KILL OR BE KILLED, I think what really works is the light touch on the "is he crazy" question -- it's unavo ...more
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Samuel R. Delany
“Do you follow the wrestling? Most people think it's illegal, but you can watch it there. Ruby and Python are on display this evening.”
Samuel R. Delany, Babel-17

Bill Hicks
“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it's very brightly colored, and it's very loud, and it's fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, "Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, "Hey, don't worry; don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we … kill those people. "Shut him up! I've got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real." It's just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn't matter, because it's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”
Bill Hicks

Hunter S. Thompson
“The two keys to success as a sportswriter are: 1) A blind willingness to believe anything you're told by the coaches, flacks, hustlers and other "official spokesmen" for the team-owners who provide the free booze ... and: 2) A Roget's Thesaurus, in order to avoid using the same verbs and adjectives twice in the same paragraph.

Even a sports editor, for instance, might notice something wrong with a lead that said: "The precision-jack-hammer attack of the Miami Dolphins stomped the balls off the Washington Redskins today by stomping and hammering with one precise jack-thrust after another up the middle, mixed with pinpoint-precision passes into the flat and numerous hammer-jack stomps around both ends....”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

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