Ahoy there me mateys! I adored station eleven and the singer’s gun so when I saw there was a short story available from the author, I knew I had to read it. This story was the second one commissioned by Future Tense. I had never heard of them but apparently Future Tense is:
“A partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University, Future Tense explores how emerging technologies will change the way we live . . . Future Tense seeks to understand the latest technological and scientific breakthroughs, and what they mean for our environment, how we relate to one another, and what it means to be human. Future Tense also examines whether technology and its development can be governed democratically and ethically.”
I found this story to be very engaging even at the short length of 20 pages. It is a sci-fi story told in segments and has jumps in time. It involves cars and has compelling characters. The writing is lovely. The ideas are sad and weird. I thought it was wonderful. The length means that the reader can discover the work themselves and so it doesn’t need more description then that.
I am not sure how many stories Future Tense has written but I will certainly be reading more. The first one was written by Paolo Bacigalupi who is another one of me favourite authors. These stories are free online. Arrr!
To check out Emily St. John Mandel’s click here.
To check out Paolo Bacigalupi’s click here.
Goodreads has this to say about the short story:
A new short story from Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel.
This short story was commissioned and edited jointly by Future Tense—a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate—and ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination. It is the second in Future Tense Fiction, a series of short stories from Future Tense and CSI about how technology and science will change our lives.
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