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“You Have Arrived at Your Destination” – A new short story

In 2018, I was approached by best-selling science-fiction writer Blake Crouch who had been asked by Amazon to originate an anthology of six new futuristic short stories. Having secured the participation of Andrew Weir (The Martian), Paul Tremblay (The Cabin at the End of the World), Veronica Roth (Divergent) and NK Jemisin (the Broken Earth trilogy), Blake reached out to see if I would be interested in participating. The first author I read systematically as a young teenager…

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“The Line” – a new story of mine in GRANTA #148

At one point in A Gentleman in Moscow, the character Mishka ruminates that the line was one of Lenin’s greatest innovations: “He established it by decree in 1917 and personally took the first slot as his comrades jostled to line up behind him. Then one by one, every Russian took his place, and the line grew longer and longer until it shared all of the attributes of life.” After writing this passage, I was taken by the notion of…

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Jennifer Egan’s MANHATTAN BEACH

In the opening pages of “Manhattan Beach” — Jennifer Egan’s first novel since she won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for “A Visit From the Goon Squad” — an 11-year-old girl named Anna Kerrigan visits the titular stretch of Brooklyn shoreline on a winter day in the company of her father, Eddie, and an underworld figure named Dexter Styles. Though this encounter in 1934 is brief, and circumstances quickly send the three characters in disparate directions, readers will…

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