Bodies: Gender, Sexuality, Family, and Race
We Are All Helicopter Parents, New York Times
Your Brain on White People: Neuroscience shows the media's overwhelming whiteness really is changing our minds. But we can change them back, Salon.com
The Daddy Shift: How have fathers experiences changed over time, and why?, International Museum of Women
Three Science-Based Sex Tips for the Emotionally Intelligent Gentleman, The Good Men Project
Marriage Advice for Newt Gingrich, Greater Good
San Francisco lets students own up to misdeeds rather than face expulsion, The Center for Public Integrity in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Press
Did I Marry a Masturbator? Pornography and Privacy in Marriage, The Good Men Project
Room for Debate: What Men Have to Do, New York Times
Paid Family Leave's Secret Weapon: Men, San Francisco Chronicle
Freer, Messier, Happier: These days moms, dads, kids, grandmas--even neighbors--are sharing the work of family, Yes! Magazine
Gay Marriage Revealed Worth of My Own, San Francisco Chronicle
Wonder Men (Review of Manhood for Amateurs, by Michael Chabon), San Francisco Chronicle
Why Working Mothers Envy Stay-At-Home Dads, BusinessWeek.com
Father's Day Recommended Reading, Beacon Broadside
The Daddy Identity Crisis (a Q&A with Lisa Belkin about The Daddy Shift), New York Times
The Daddy Brain, Greater Good
Jobless, but working, The Guardian
Same-Sex Marriage in Iowa and Vermon, Beacon Broadside
Why are all the Hapa kids sitting together?, Beacon Broadside
The Shelter of Each Other: Comfort in a Crisis, Beacon Broadside
A Dad's View of the Mommy Wars and Sarah Palin, Beacon Broadside
Living in the Gap: The Ideal and the Reality of the Christian Right Family, Public Eye
Playground Pioneers: Kids will destroy your life, but don't worry, parents: You'll get a new one, Greater Good
Diversity in the bedroom, against all odds, San Francisco Chronicle
Fathering: The New Frontier, Mothers Movement Online
Parenthood: Inside vs. Outside, Mothering
The Freaks of Father's Day, AlterNet
Emotion: The Science of Compassion, Empathy, and Violence
Should Women Thank Men for Doing the Dishes?, Greater Good
How to Really Read Racist Books to Your Kids, Greater Good
Three Lessons from Mitt Romney about Bullying, Greater Good
Five Lessons in Human Goodness from “The Hunger Games”, Greater Good
Learning to Trust Each Other, Online and Off, Shareable.net
What Movies Make You Happy?, Greater Good
Beyond Sex and Violence, Greater Good
What happens when compassion hurts? (transcript of a talk for UC Berkeley Health Services), Greater Good
Birds Do It, Bats Do It: New research shows how cooperation prevails across the animal kingdom. What can humans learn from other species? (with Alex Dixon), Greater Good
Not Everyone is Out to Get You (with Pamela Paxton), Utne Reader
America's Trust Fall: Trust is essential to strong relationships and a healthy society, but it has been declining for decades. How can America learn to trust again? (with Pamela Paxton), Greater Good
Truth in the Balance: An Interview with Psychologist and Author Steven Pinker, Greater Good
Playing the Blame Game: Video games stand accused of causing obesity, violence, and lousy grades, but new research paints a surprisingly complicated and positive picture, Greater Good
Altruism in Space, Greater Good
Can Robots Feel Your Pain?, Greater Good
Cities & Media: Observations on a Wired, Urban Planet
One million missing stories: Displaced journalists see opportunities to cover community on their own, Public Press
Half of newspaper jobs gone in the last decade, Public Press
How We're Financing Meaningful Journalism, OWNI.eu
Treasure Island: A Case Study in Shareable Journalism, OWNI.eu
The Weeds of Ecotopia: A Conversation with Novella Carpenter and Ernest Callenbach, Shareable.net
Can a City Build a Better Version of Itself?, Shareable.net
Greening Education, Mothering
Can Treasure Island Realize Its Ecotopian Dream?, Public Press (Winner, Excellence in Explanatory Journalism, NorCal chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists)
12 Nifty Ideas to Improve Your City, Shareable.net
Real Estate Industry's Loss, Our Gain, Shareable.net
Florida: Unsafe at Any Speed?, Shareable.net
Top 10 Ways to Save Money Through Sharing, Wells Fargo Environmental Forum
10 Ways Our World is Becoming More Shareable (with Neal Gorenflo), Yes! Magazine
Five Shareable Bridges, Shareable.net
Five Ways My Son Benefits from a Carfree Life, Shareable.net
Tearing Down the Towers: The Right's Vision of an America without Cities, Public Eye
Let a Thousand Magazines Bloom, Bay Guardian
Society of the Spectacle, The Nation
Thank You, Now Leave: Capitalism in the Czech Republic, Dollars and Sense
Stories: Essays about Books and Movies, Myths and Futures
Earning the Future: A Q&A with Paolo Bacigalupi, Shareable.net
Shareable Futures, Shareable.net
Why write books?, Beacon Broadside
Not Your Father's Captain America, Utne Reader
“In 'The Ten Stupidest Utopias!', Jeremy Adam Smith runs down ten misbegotten utopias from Plato's Republic to the Internet itself, making fast and funny work of each.” - Cory Doctorow, Boingboing
The Ten Sexiest Dystopias, Strange Horizons
“Smith’s analysis of science-fiction film [is] spot-on, incisive.” - Gregory Benford, Nebula Award Winner, Author of Timescape
Robota, or, How Hollywood Ate Science Fiction, Strange Horizons
The Failure of Fahrenheit 451, Strange Horizons / New York Review of Science Fiction
Robots Are Us: The Mystical Side of Science (and Fiction), SF Bay Guardian / AlterNet
Guy Debord: Complete Cinematic Works, Cineaste
Fiction: Short Stories, etc.
"The Bell," Postscripts 26 (forthcoming)
"The Father and the Father," Conjunctions
"Frightened Angels," Postscripts 24/25
"Centaur in Brass 2041," The Fabulist
"Same Street Twice," Instant City: A Literary Exploration of San Francisco
"What Do We Want? When Do We Want It?," Our Stories
"Eko and Narkiss,", Lone Star Stories
"Fortress in Ruins," Pindeldyboz
"Parris Island, South Carolina, 1990," Watchword Eight
"Rimbaud and the Horizon," Fourteen Hills
"Jana in the Year 2000," Watchword
“Jeremy Adam Smith’s ‘Three Creations’… is as at once beautiful and mythic… entertaining and thought-provoking.” – Lit Haven
, reviewing issue 4 of Flytrap
"[In "Pyramus and Thisbe,"] Smith delves deep into the emotion called love and also reveals its tragic shallow flaws when that emotion is driven by false assumptions. Overall, a strong story, even when Smith sometimes falls away from showing and goes into telling mode. But in this, I think he does so on purpose to give the tale an authentic, mythic feel. Possibly the best and most meaningful story in this issue, and well worth the read, despite its length." –Tangent Online
, reviewing issue 9 of Apex Digest
Praise for Jeremy's novella "The Wreck of the Grampus"
Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Science Fiction
(Tor, 2009), edited by Gardner Dozois
Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy
(Prime, 2009), edited by Rich Horton
Honorable Mention, UNPLUGGED: The Web's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy
One of the best science fiction novellas of 2008 -Rich Horton, Asimov's
"Jeremy Adam Smith’s wonderful 'The Wreck of the Grampus'
... is a lengthy tale, perhaps 20,000 words, and every part of it is a pleasure to read. It presents wonder in its Neptunian coldness and shares valuable, if small, nuggets of warmth between its isolated, frustrated characters. Pym, the tale’s first-person protagonist, grows greatly over the story’s course, becoming both more human and more android as he develops (androids are no mere sub-humans, here; the trope of humanity’s traditional strength versus its creations is undermined by the revelation that the most developed androids possess a greater emotional range than any human)...I highly recommend this story." –The Fix Short Fiction Review
'The Wreck of the Grampus'
"is one of the best, if not the best science fiction story I have read this year... It has robots and deep philosophical questions and giant undersea creatures. Believable human characters, deeply human in their ways, and some deeply strange. This is a future that does not leave me cold like many post-singularity stories do, which are so common these days. In those stories, you can almost feel the silicon wrapped around you. Not here. There’s so much I want to say, so many surprising bits, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I think it’s absolutely fantastic, and the author, Jeremy Adam Smith, and Eric Marin, the editor and publisher, should have as many kudos I can throw at them. This is damned good science fiction. Read it."–Jeremiah Tolbert
A note: What's up with the science fiction?
Most readers will come to this website after having first encountered me as a journalist who mainly covers family and fatherhood, plus politics. Indeed, that's how I make my living and how most people know me in the world.
And so some may be surprised to hear that I also publish short stories, both conventionally literary stories and science fiction stories. The literary stories (here's one example
) will probably seem perfectly respectable to most people. But the stories with androids and rocket ships? Not so much.
I want to explain where I'm coming from, not out of defensiveness, but because I see this as an opportunity to evangelize.
When most people think of science fiction, they think Star Wars
and its literary relatives. That's fine; I enjoyed Star Wars
when I was seven years old and I enjoy it now. I can't wait to watch it with my son, when he gets old enough.
But there are other science fiction traditions.
Firmly inside the genre, we have folks like Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Samuel R. Delany, J.G. Ballard, and more--writers who are thoughtful, creative, and accomplished. Outside the genre, in what we like to call the mainstream literary world, Dorris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, John Updike, Jonathan Lethem, and Michael Chabon, among others, have all written science fiction stories, with varying degrees of success.
The question is why. Why has science fiction become so pervasive? The reason, I think, is simple: Science fiction is the only branch of literature in which we can engage creatively with the technological and social changes that have shaped human lives for over three centuries, ever since the advent of the Industrial Revolution.
In the face of technological upheavals that have ranged from mass production to flight to nuclear energy to space travel to the Internet to genetic engineering, human cultures have acquired special needs for catharsis, ethical debate, philosophical speculation, and imaginative play--all needs that science fiction tries to fulfill.
That's why I think science fiction is important, and that's why I write it.