The short story “Surprise Party” by James Patrick Kelly was published for the first time in 2008.
Mercedes Nunez is an actress who is preparing to celebrate her 51st birthday. She’s no longer a young girl and her fans tend to be elderly men but she’s still in great shape. Through her implants, someone is watching what she does and she wonders who’d be interested to her birthday party.
The short story “Case 74” by Cristian M. Teodorescu was published for the first time in 2014. It was translated from Romenian by Dan Pirjol.
Roger Clifford committed suicide but the investigation that follows is in a totally unprecedented situation because the victim had somehow transferred his mind into a computer. It’s equipped with next-generation hardware that can faithfully reproduce a person’s mental processes. Is the person who committed suicide dead or not?
The short story “Big Bang Larissa” by Cristian M. Teodorescu was published for the first time in 2014. It was translated from Romenian by Loredana Fratila Cristescu.
Larissa is twenty years and starts asking her mom questions about the nature and origin of money. Her mother doesn’t want to give her only ritual commandments and answers based on various rules and tries to explain how Accounting, Mint and other elements of Finance work but her daughter’s curiosity threatens to trigger a crisis.
The short story “Virtually Yours” by Nina Munteanu was published for the first time in 2016.
Vincent is a Corporation Overseer and is supposed to do his work anonymously checking the employees assigned to him remotely, using a V-set. This allows him to experience what carriers such as Jake, who have a special implant, are feeling through their senses. For Vincent the control job ends up as a virtual love affair with Katherine, Jake’s girlfriend.
The short story “The Way of Water” by Nina Munteanu was published for the first time in 2016.
Hilda goes to the public water tap but when at last it’s her turn, after an hour of waiting, her Water Card gets rejected. Hilda just has some sad memories of the past and above her mother’s stories when she explained how water was managed before climate change and before it became a Canada Corp’s property.
“The Way of Water” is set in a near future in which Canada has to deal with both climate and geo-political changes. The nation got involved in the USA decay when it was basically bought by China. The story is focused on the problem of water, which has become private property of a company called Canada Corp so citizens must pay its use and can’t pick it up, even rainwater.
“The Way of Water” is a story of the kind you hope is science fiction but you fear is not. Those who think that Nina Munteanu’s future vision is exaggerated can read her essay “The Story of Water”, which contains a number of ideas that inspired the short story.