My name is Ray Dillinger. I'm a researcher in Artificial Intelligence, but that's not why I'm here.
Writing is a hobby for me but I'd like for it to be more than that, so I'm always looking for ways to improve. I encourage people to comment on my stories anytime they see a way I could have made it better than it is.
I'm most interested in speculative fiction. I dislike mixing genres because of the temptation to use magical elements merely as a way to avoid thinking too hard. Good writing requires hard thinking whether it requires hard science or not, but I find that sticking to hard science constrains me in a way that makes me think of better solutions than the magical deus ex machina.
My current book, Jessica Seventeen, takes place in a richly developed science fiction storyverse that has a lot more stories in it. I am probably a science fiction author more than any other genre because it is specifically those stories that I look forward to telling.
That said, I have experimented with other genres. I have a completed book posted that's a sort of modern fantasy/horror novel that has some psychic characters in it. There are more stories in its storyverse too, but I don't find myself interested in writing them down.
Writers who inspire me include Niel Gaiman, Lois McMaster Bujold, David Weber, Stephen King, Stephen Donaldson, Terry Pratchett, Barry Hughart, and Paolo Bacigalupi.
- JoinedJune 13, 2015