Matthew Kressel is a writer & software developer. He is a three-time Nebula Award finalist and Eugie Award Finalist, and his work has been published in Clarkesworld, Analog, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy – 2018 Edition, and The Best Science Fiction of the Year – Volume 3, as well as many other magazines and anthologies. He is the creator of the Moksha submissions system, in use by many of the largest speculative-fiction publishers. And he is the co-host of the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan alongside Ellen Datlow.


Matthew Kressel has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Your Future is Pending

FICTION by Matthew Kressel in Issue 158 – November 2019

The dog was in the alley again, sniffing around the empty trash bins for scraps she wasn’t going to find. Martha would be late for work if she fed her again, but she couldn’t bear to let the animal suffer. The mutt huddled behind the bar-coded trash bins as Martha put out a dish of […]

The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies

FICTION by Matthew Kressel in Issue 104 – May 2015

Aya floated over endless effervescing worlds, seeking anomalies. There were a hundred thousand Farmers of the Branch, but Aya was of the best of them all. Her fields were the healthiest, her realms the most pure. Even the Supervisors said she had an uncanny ability to spot the malignant, when others saw but purity. How […]

Cameron Rhyder's Legs

FICTION by Matthew Kressel in Issue 98 – November 2014

Five thousand young men and women crowd this music hall tonight, and one of them is the soul I must erase from existence. How many she has killed I cannot say. To suggest a number is a sin. How can we count those who no longer exist? I once had a family, a husband, eight […]

The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye

FICTION by Matthew Kressel in Issue 92 – May 2014

As the Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye wandered the galaxy harvesting dead stars, they liked to talk. “I was traveling the southern arm,” the Meeker said, “you know, where the Baileas eat the cold dust?” “I do,” said the All-Seeing Eye. “But tell me again.” “Well, that old hag told me she used to swallow […]

The History Within Us

FICTION by Matthew Kressel in Issue 42 – March 2010

On a wrist-mounted computer, Betsy Haadama watched a six thousand-year-old silent film. It was grayscale, overexposed, two-dimensional, and chronologically jumbled. On the film: a mustachioed man doting over his young son at a crowded zoo. A woman vigorously combing the boy’s white hair beside a large piano. A family eating a large meal, candles burning […]