The Power of Data

As a scientist, which is my day job, I am always amazed at the power of data to tell me something I didn’t know about the world.  When I examined the traffic data for this website yesterday, I noticed a spike on July 7th—”spike,” being a relative term here.  Checking the origin of that traffic, I found visitors from Lightspeed Magazine.  At first I thought they had posted my story, “Thief of Futures,” but when I popped over there to check it out, I found only my author bio.

You’d think I would be a little disappointed, but I wasn’t.  When I checked the list of authors, I shared a page with Connie Willis, David Brin, and Ian MacDonald, three of my favorite spec-fic writers and all contributers to Lightspeed Magazine.  I don’t know if it will stay like that, but it would bre great if it did.  A day later, I still grin like the Cheshire Cat when I think about it.  Thank you, data.


About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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