So happy to share with you: the first scifi story I've ever sold, appearing today in Strange Horizons!

Contains:
- robots
- cryogenic exoplanets
- linguistics
- beeping
strangehorizons.com/fiction/68

This is five years old, but, real interesting (to me) take about how kudzu got a foothold in the American South, why it was never nearly the danger peopIe imagined it to be, and also why it looked like such menace: smithsonianmag.com/science-nat

I found this a while ago and have been meaning to share it already: medium.com/@CassieLaBelle/gend

Dysphoria's a great concept for sorting your past and present feelings once you've figured out you have gender going on, but before that? It's a generalized misery amplifier, not something you can look for.

Rather, the thing is to ask yourself if you're being a kind of person you can enjoy being. Because it turns out cis people are not, as a rule, just resignedly dealing with their familiar old gender!

police brutality and indifference portrayed by robots 

New profile picture: the sketch version of the most femme of my panels in @rhea's forthcoming graphic novel FINE, for which I did an interview!

I may or may not update it with future previews from later in the process as they become available, and I will definitely let every dang social media site know when that book is out. Y'all can read the tiniest sliver of what I was like as a babytran!

speculative snark re: cops 

COVID-19 last-ditch travel planning as a trans person question 

*at the support group:*

"Gene therapy gone wrong. How about ny'all?"

"Magical girl contract."

"HRT side effects."

"My witch girlfriend needed a familiar. How about you, newbie?"

"Bitten by a catgirl."

*silence*

"That's… not supposed to happen. At least, I didn't know it could happen."

"That's what they told me at the doctor's office, RIGHT BEFORE THEY REFERRED ME TO A VET 😤"

Good story to send to people who might think police "reform" is still a viable answer, so they can appreciate that they might be asking the wrong question.

newrepublic.com/article/158210

When an AI is trained on words, weird things can happen to the physical domain.

I asked the OpenAI API about horses.
aiweirdness.com/post/621186154

If you're in the UK, do its trans people a massive solid and fill this in.

(It's set up by trans rights group Gendered Intelligence, before you ask)

gra.good.do/trusstme/trusstme/

B784.1.4
Girl swallows frog spawn;
an octopus grows inside her
with tentacles reaching
to every part
of her body.

hot tip for searching/sorting the itch.io Racial Justice bundle 

I've been previewing the new @OpenAI API, and honestly despite myself I was a bit nervous when I typed "go ahead and try it." It's that good.
aiweirdness.com/post/620645957

When you type ./configure, the GNU Build System automatically spends the next ten minutes reminiscing about every major and minor unix variant created since 1971

USpol, masculinity in the USA 

protest report screenshot, police aggression 

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