Fiction

Writer and working scientist Ken Hinckley resides in the Seattle area with his wife and children.

His fiction has appeared in prestigious markets including Interzone, Nature, Penumbra, and Fiction River, and his research career spans over two decades with scant hundreds of scientific papers and patents to show for his efforts.

Perhaps there may yet be a good idea or two left in him.

He is also a member of the Codex writers group and various other confabulatory organizations devoted to fictive mayhem.

Short Stories

2016

Interzone-265-Cover-by-Vincent-Sammy-med“On the Techno-† Potential of Donald Trump under Conditions of Partially Induced Psychosis” by Ken Hinckley. In Interzone,  No. 265, pp. 44-53. July/August 2016, ed. by Andy Cox.  [Interzone #265].

Available from: [Amazon] [Weightless books]

Cover art by Vincent Sammy

†- title partially redacted for this web site.

 

Nature cover“Six Names for the End” by Ken Hinckley. In Nature, Vol. 534, No. 7607, p. 430. June 15, 2016. Futures column. [Available to read online for free]

Published by Nature Publishing Group, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited. All Rights Reserved. DOI: 10.1038/534430a

2014

Nature Futures 2 anthology - coverNature Futures 2: Science Fiction from the Leading Science Journal

Edited by Henry Gee and Colin Sullivan.

100 writers – including Neal Asher, Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Benford, Tobias Buckell, Brenda Cooper, Kathryn Cramer, David Langford, Tanith Lee, Ken Liu, Nick Mamatas, Norman Spinrad, Ian Stewart, Rachel Swirsky, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Ian Watson – offer their take on what the future will look like in this anthology of sci-fi short stories from the award-winning Futures column in the science journal Nature.

Includes “The Ostracons of Europa” by Ken Hinckley (Reprint).

Published by Tor Books, Sept. 9, 2014, 320 pp.

Electronic edition available for Kindle and from other leading e-book retailers.

2013

FR-Time-Streams-just-front-200x300“The Totem of Curtained Minds” by Ken Hinckley.

In Fiction River: Time Streams, Vol. 1, No. 3, August 20th, 2013.

Edited by Dean Wesley Smith (series editors: Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch).

Now available in electronic and trade paper editions from your local bookseller, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and in audiobook format at Audible.com.

Nature-Ostracons-Europa-cover-full“The Ostracons of Europa” by Ken Hinckley. In Nature, Vol. 499, No. 7456, p. 120. July 3rd, 2013. Futures column. [Available to read online for free]

[Also available as a Nature Futures podcast and MP3 Download.]

Published by Nature Publishing Group, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited. All Rights Reserved. DOI: 10.1038/499120a.

2012

“Piss Match,” by Ken Hinckley. Originally published under the byline of Alistair Ainscott.

In Penumbra, January 2012 (Vol. 1, No. 4).

A high-tech urinal, a pointless workplace confrontation– what could  possibly go wrong?

This story now available–packaged with a couple of my other humorous short science fiction stories–on Amazon and other leading e-book retailers.

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