IMG_0804N J Magas lives with her partner in Vancouver, Canada and never seems to get enough sleep. She recently completed her Honours degree in sociology and is now grudgingly prepared to do absolutely nothing with it.

Sustained by a mild coffee addiction she writes fantasy, science fiction, and horror and hopes to one day have a book actually published. At least then she’ll have all of her character and place names in one location.


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  3. Talk about synchronicity, I found your page only because I wanted to find out where the word “refulgium” came from in KJ Kabza’s story, “The Color of Sand,” in the July/Aug issue of F&SF.

    I was reading that story because I had been reading George Saunders’ latest collection, “The Tenth of December” when the March 2014 issue of Analog arrived. His story, “Escape from Spiderhead” had put me in the mood to read more hard SF, so I set his book down to read that copy of Analog all the way through.

    When I finished it, I was not yet ready to go back to Saunders, so I picked through a pile of pulps and found an old issue from last summer, the July/August issue of F&SF.

    After writing you a small comment, I picked that issue up and found the James Sallis review of “The Tenth of December.”

    He thinks that “Escape from Spiderhead” and “The Semplica Girl Diaries” are worthy of placement in F&SF.

    So now I’m going back to Saunders.

    Go figure.


    I like your writing and want to see you succeed in your aspirations.

    One good place to see the latest discoveries in science and technology is the newsletter KurzweilAI.net

    Last week the regular readers of that newsletter all had a spirited discussion about the coming “robot pink-slip apocalypse” after a Japanese robot beat out all the other entries in the DARPA robot challenge.

    It has been predicted that in fifteen years, that robots will be able to perform any job — including building copies of themselves.

    That will make robots so cheap and so numerous that in a very short time, everybody will be out of work (except for the people who own the robots).

    When that happens, if the Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Workers Compensation taxes and COBRA insurance payments that the workers were paying are not levied upon the robots, then society will collapse in a bloody civil war to destroy the robots.. (Something like in Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, “Player Piano.)

    And here you are, a young woman practicing sword fighting and archery in the country where the robot pink-slip apocalypse will begin.

    Now imagine a story where a young woman joins an army of the unemployed who are charging the gates of the Honda Asimo plant.

    She might need a compound bow and stainless steel broadheads to pierce the breastplate of a robot with an 18-inch wafer in its chest that has the processing power of 160 billion human neurons. (Humans have 100 billion neurons in their heads.)

    Robots will have that processing power by the year 2028…or even a few years earlier.

    No kidding.

    Now in the U.S., the charge will be lead by all those workers who voted for the Republican Party. They will feel so betrayed when the Republicans in the House of Representatives cut the Food Stamp program (SNAP) and Unemployment Insurance benefits at Christmastime. (There are 300 million guns in the U.S., and it is all those people who now vote for the Republicans who own them.)

    • Haha! It sounds like you have the skeleton of your own story there. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Generally speaking, I prefer writing soft science fiction, though I have a few stories on the burner that cross the line.

    • To be precise, most [wafers] are circular objects formed to contain ‘identical’ copies of numerous (a few dozen to a few hundred) rectangular [die], and these wafers are subsequently cut up into individual [die] which are each subsequently used as one of several components making up the ‘core’ of an electronic device. Generally only 40-80% of the die are functional, and here I am working at a factory that makes them. Interestingly, I arrived at N J Magas site via a search for “robot pink-slip apocalypse”, a term which I found referenced in a comment from… none other than a KurzweilAI newsletter article ๐Ÿ˜€ Cheers, ~Aleister.

      • Haha, help yourself to coffee and cookies. I don’t mind the discussions at all. It’s interesting stuff to think about for the future. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. My usual response to the term “aspiring writer” is to suggest that writers write. I thought a previous comment about incorporating your athletic skills with your experiences in Japan would truly be interesting, plus things you know about. Thank you for visiting my writing website, and for choosing to follow my work.

    • “Aspiring writer” sounds more romantic than “Aspiring Professional Novelist” XP

      Truth be told, a lot of my life in Japan does go into my writing, but only in small bits and pieces, I generally try to avoid writing about my experiences in large ways because I write to have adventures that are different from my own. But there are exceptions. Always exceptions.

      Not a problem! I enjoy meeting new people, and finding fresh and interesting things to read.

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  9. Hi there,
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my little corner of the blogosphere and the follow, your support is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to seeing more from you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day,


  10. Hi N J, I think your site’s got beautiful design and such interesting pieces, so I’m following! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I really enjoy your posts and look forward to your next.
    Feel free to check out my writing about publishing: publishinginsights.org

      • Ah yes; When I have fears that I may cease to be
        Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain
        I love sonnets and his are beautifully constructed. This one always speaks to me as a writer and poet (however else it might be analysed). The idea we may not be able to take those ideas we have bursting inside us and turn them into stories and poems…

      • *gets shivers* I actually did a whole psychology project on Keats, and how the trauma of losing practically his entire family to TB affected his writing. His work speaks to me in a lot of ways.

      • That must be extraordinary; I love reading other’s analysis especially when I’ve had an entirely different perception of what the writer intended. I’m grateful for the old fashioned education I had that made me think about poetry as philosophical thought pieces, put in their context and time. I also love how I’m finding poets now, who I couldn’t ‘get; at 18 or 30 but who now resonate strongly. Tennyson for instance for me recently.

      • It was a lot of fun, and probably the first author biography I ever researched. It helped me put into perspective the why behind the writing of a lot of authors and led me to understand that all the works that I’ve enjoyed in my life haven’t just popped out of the fingers of genius minds, but instead were inspired by real things in real people’s lives. Bit of an eye opener.

        Tennyson! That’s a name I haven’t gone back to in a while.

    • It helps to be in one’s twenties, and also not to tell them. That’s how I ended up with a rabbit, a snake and a tarantula, too. ๐Ÿ˜›

      The archery thing came about because I was already doing the fencing, and by that time I had such a collection of weapon skills that they didn’t see the harm in adding more.

      Kyudo is a pretty safe sport, anyway. All the clubs that I have practiced at have very strict guidelines about who can shoot what, and who moves where. It’s integrated into the fabric of the sport itself. I recommend it, if you get the chance. I find kyudo to be much more beautiful than any other form of archery I’ve seen, except for perhaps yabusame, but anything is beautiful when it’s done on a horse. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Good luck!

  11. Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and giving it a follow – I see you are doing the A-Z this year. It’s my first time….I haven’t even picked a theme….and now I’m starting to panic! At least we are not alone ๐Ÿ™‚

    • No problem! ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t panic, it’s not actually that hard if you give yourself a kind schedule. Just have fun and meet lots of people. It’s a great experience!

      Good luck!

  12. Hey, thanks for stopping by my little piece of cyber nonsense.
    You don’t know, will never know and in fact will never even be able to understand just how insanely jealous I am that you managed to live for five years in Japan.
    I spent three days in Tokyo in total, layovers on trips to and from Australia, and I adored the place (even if I found beer very expensive). It’s definitely on my list of countries to see again.

    • No problem! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Japan really is a magical place to live. Everything is expensive in Tokyo (and in most places here, unless you know where to shop). Though if you’re not picky about quality, you can get beer at the 100 yen marts too. You should definitely come and spend more time here. I haven’t regretted a day of it.

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