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.
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RayDillinger RayDillinger Nov 12, 2018 08:51AM
I'd like to apologize to the folk who've been waiting for the conclusion of Jessica Seventeen;  work has been eating my brain lately and I just haven't made time to sit down and write.  But I finishe...
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Jessica Seventeen by RayDillinger
Jessica Seventeen
Jessica Seventeen undertook to compile a new Book Of Life - a genetic record of everything. Even things othe...
The Hook by RayDillinger
The Hook
This is a story that tells, among other things, why it really sucks to be psychic, what people who endlessly...
The Book of Beginnings. by RayDillinger
The Book of Beginnings.
I write a lot of first-chapters. They're explorations of ideas, characters, or premises that I think a reall...
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