Aesthetics are a neglected aspect of so many other domains—politics and economics and theology—but not here. What Moreno-Garcia doesis nudge it more toward the fore, exploring how the Beautiful Ones assert (or fail to assert) their rule over each other by way of aesthetic captivation.
The world of Want definitely feels like one that could be starting now, or perhaps already has: residents of cities in China and India are no strangers to literally life-shortening air pollution, and neither are members of marginalized communities living next to polluted sites worldwide.
Strange Horizons is a weekly magazine of and about speculative fiction. We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, and art. For more information, see our about page. All material in Strange Horizons is copyrighted to the original authors and may not be reproduced without permission.