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Passing cars smeared neon Amharic across two lanes
Spattering blurry headlights athwart wet asphalt.
Tanis stood under the overhang of the shuttered vape shop
Dragging on a loosie, ignoring the pain of stilettos.
Inhaled to allow scaled titanium lungs and cloned bronchioles
To osmose the spiraling smoke.
Her target exited the door opposite and ducked into
A low-slung hoverlimo, which coiled upward, toward the rotating
Restaurant. It had been close enough for Tanis to transfer
To the onboard computer, leaving her body under the overhang.
She shut down the engine and waited until two feet from impact
To reanimate her body. She took another drag,
Observing the wreckage … and walked away on painful stilettos.



K. Ceres Wright received her master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and her published cyberpunk novel, Cog, was her thesis for the program. Her short stories, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous publications. Check out her stories at kceres.net.
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26 Sep 2022

Would a Teixcalaanli aristocrat look up at the sky, think of Lsel Station, and wonder—with Auden—"what doubtful act allows/ Our freedom in this English house/ our picnics in the sun"?
I propose that The Expanse and its ilk present us with a similar sentiment, in reverse—a warning that for all the promise of futurism and technological advancement, plenty of new, and perhaps much worse futures are right before us. In the course of outrunning la vieux monde, we may find that we are awaited not simply by new worlds to win, but also many more which may yet be lost.
where oil slurped up out of the dirt, they drink the coffee
Science fiction is a genre that continues to struggle with its own colonialist history, of which many of its portrayals of extractivism are a part. Science fiction is also a genre that has a history of being socially progressive and conscious – these are both truths.
Bring my stones, my bones, back to me
If we are to accept that the extractive unconscious is latent, is everywhere, part of everything, but unseen and unspoken, and killing us in our waking lives, then science fiction constitutes its dreams.
they are quoting Darwish at the picket & i am finally breathing again
Waste is profoundly shaping and changing our society and our way of living. Our daily mundane world always treats waste as a hidden structure, together with its whole ecosystem, and places it beyond our sight, to maintain the glories of contemporary life. But unfortunately, some are advantaged by this, while others suffer.
Like this woman, I am carrying the world on my back.
So we’re talking about a violence that supplants the histories of people and things, scrubbing them clean so that they can fuel the oppressive and unequal status quo it sustains.
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