"Richardson is a prodigiously talented writer with a programmer's talent for structuring big, complex works." —Cory Doctorow
And other ongoing concerns.
Technical papers and presentations
- "Behold, mortal, the origins of robotfindskitten..." (Roguelike Celebration, 2017) [Video]
- "How Game Titles Work" (Penguicon, 2017)
- "The Magic Arrow" (RESTFest, 2016) [Video]
- "The Enterprise Media Distribution Platform At The End Of This Book" (RESTFest, 2015) [Video]
- "Painting Bots, Carving Bots" (Unofficial Bot Summit, 2015)
- "Writing Aliens", or, "Duchamp, Markov, Queneau: A Mostly Delightful Quilt" (Foolscap, 2014)
- "LCODC$SSU and the coming automated web" (RESTFest, 2013)
- "How to Follow Instructions" (QCon and RESTFest, 2012)
- "How To Recognize Different Types Of Web Services From Quite A Long Way Away" (TriZPUG, 2010)
- "Developers Like Hypermedia, But They Don't Like Web Browsers" (preprint) (WS-REST, 2010)
- "Justice Will Take us
Millions of Intricate Moves" (QCon, 2008)
- "The Ultra
Gleeper: A Recommendation Engine for Web Pages" (CodeCon, 2005)
- "Beyond the Config File: User-Friendly Configuration For Web Apps": (Pycon and EuroPython, 2003)
- "Meat" - The worst restaurant inspection ever. (Analog, March/April 2023)
- "The Procedure Sign" - YA dystopia satire. (Etherea Magazine, December 2022)
- "When There is Sugar" - Cake from the ashes of war. (Diabolical Plots, December 2022)
- "Stress Response" - A castaway, rescued. (Analog, November/December 2022)
- "The Scene of the Crime" - Time travel mystery. (Clarkesworld, August 2022)
- "Two Spacesuits - A parent trap. (Clarkesworld, April 2022)
- "We, the Unwilling" - A Thanksgiving mindfuck. (Bonus story for Situation Normal, Candlemark & Gleam, 2021)
- "Mandatory Arbitration" - Trial-by-combat legal thriller. (Analog, July/August 2021)
- "Only g62 Kids Will Remember These Five Moments" - Clickbait. (2019)
- "Four Kinds of Cargo" - Genre savvy space opera. (2012)
- "The Time Somn Died" - Post-scarcity family drama. Bonus story for Constellation Games (2012).
- "Found Objects" - How do you sculpt space junk? Bonus story for Constellation Games (2012).
- "Dana no Chousen" - My blood-soaked tribute to GameCenter CX. Bonus story for Constellation Games (2012).
- "The Day Alan Turing Came Out" - Shameless wish fulfillment. Published 2010 in Retro Spec.
Experiments (editor): an anthology of other peoples' amazing
fiction. Self-published 2009.
- "Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs" - Exactly what you think it
is. Published 2009 in
- "Mallory" - Mundane
cyberpunk. Published 2008 in Futurismic.
- "Jake Berendes West
Covina" - Subversion through fiscal policy. Self-published 2000.
- "Grunion Time" - Magical
realism without the magic. Incoherent but very
short. Self-published 1998.
A lot of very short one-off fiction goes into News You
Can Bruise. Here's some of it.
Miscellaneous short-form stuff, some of it pretty old.
- In 2004 I co-wrote some one-off comics
and a storyline for Kris Straub's webcomic Checkerboard Nightmare. This one is surely the best.
- Some comics created under constraints from NYCB readers: "'Kangaroo' Jack Masters in Caution: Filling Is
Hot!". Constrained Cat and Girl fan comics: "In the Black", "The Best Strategy",
- Another travelogue, of my trip to PyCon 2003.
- Tonight's Episode:
Show titles for a long-running, pop-culture-obsessed police procedural. When it
jumped the shark, the shark jumped back. R.I.P.
- Doctor Virtual's Cyber-Couch
matches the Internet's collective unconscious with the Internet's
favorite psychiatrist. 3 episodes.
- Behind the Firewall, an essay on
having one's open source software being made proprietary. Written
while the pain was still fresh.
- Reddish Purple vs. Bluish Purple,
a superior visualization of the 2000 presidential race. Much more
sophisticated visualizations were available by
- Make Dan
Complain, a fun game to be played with my one-time roommate Dan Helfman.
- My less successful,
incomplete travelogue of my trip to a Linux World Expo in 1999. At
this point I stopped doing big complicated travelogues.
- My epic travelogue of a 1998
trip to Texas, with pictures. This piece marks a turning point for
my writing, where I began to rely less on obscure references and
wordplay and more on...whatever I rely on now.
- Do you dare uncover The Forbidden
Secrets of crummy.com?
- Jack in the Box and the
International Christian Conspiracy, from 1998 when Crummy still
had pretensions of being a general humor webzine. Despite my best
efforts this article has not started any kind of urban legend.
- The Race For The White House, a satirical
photoessay I did for my high school paper in April 1996. Still pretty funny.
The Work of Others
Finally, a few works by other people that I've put up for everyone to