“Things aren't different. Things are things.”
― William Gibson, Neuromancer

A house  burns in Lower Lake, Calif., is in ruins due to the Clayton fire Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

A Story About a Man and a Horse

June 23, 2017

This story came about as I was trying to figure out how to use Twitter. After a few days of frustration, I decided to write a story in a series of 140 character posts, which was the character limit for the social network at the time. It was exactly 555 words (20 Twitter posts) long….

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London Bridge is Falling Down

June 7, 2017

Hello, You probably don’t know me, so thank you for reading my words. I am a writer by profession and purpose; I’d also recently learnt that in the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna (or God, if you will), reveals to his friend the warrior prince Arjuna, and, through him, mankind, that every man should live according…

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Want to Make this Game Together?

March 2, 2017

Last edit: May 27, 2017. Development / design starts in May, some time after I’m done with the Video Game Writing by Video Game Writers project. If you are interested in working with me on this game, I am happy to negotiate some kind of a revenue share contract. Concept An Episodic Single Player Action Adventure…

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The Heart of the Deal

January 20, 2017

The Heart of the Deal by Maxim Salnikov The man swirled the ice cubes in his whiskey glass, the low hum of his private jet a soothing, calming sound. It was a sound of power and, as far as the man was concerned, power meant merit. Respect. Money. But the power he had was not…

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“Fallout 4” by Bethesda Softworks

January 13, 2017

Who and Why? People responsible for Fallout. Because they made my childhood dream come true. I have played the game on the Playstation 4 Pro for 50+ hours And now it is time to say goodbye. Because, war. War never changes. WHAT & WHEN? Fallout. I learnt English from the original game, and I was…

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Hello, I Am From Earth

November 8, 2016

Hello, I Am From Earth by Maxim Salnikov When I lost my arms, I was given a choice: become a beggar, or a starfighter pilot. Terra Corps needed people with nothing to lose, people who were willing to get cybertoys screwed into their bodies so that their genius R&D eggheads could turn them into statistics….

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五大

October 30, 2016

Images are used for non-commercial purposes, but I do not know the copyright holders. If you own the copyright to an image displayed below please let me know so I can give you credit. With thanks to Michael Swanwick, Chris Roberts, and Tau Station for the inspiration. Poem for DÓRA GABRIELLA #26 五大  

The Cartographer

The Cartographer

May 10, 2016

The Cartographer by Maxim Salnikov A gust of wind hit the drone, tilting my view of the forest below, the drone’s cameras feeding static-ridden visuals into my VR helmet back on Earth. I gently pushed the flight stick with my right hand as I pushed the throttle with my left. The drone glided over the…

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Reboot Redux Day 3: The Texture of Magic Part 2

May 6, 2016

This was it. The last hours of the Reboot Develop conference, a gathering of creative, interesting people under the Croatian sun, people who believe in the power of games, and the power of the imagination … to quote the immortal Sir Terry Pratchett, “Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one,” and so I am happy…