Short fiction

The short story “Meshed” by Richard Larson was published for the first time in 2015.

Oxford Diallo is a great basketball prospect who is about to turn 18. Recently arrived from Senegal together with his father, he’s been showing all his extraordinary talent since his first training session. For him there are excellent prospects not only for a professional contract but also for sponsorships. An agent immediately tries to convince him to get meshed, which means to get a neural implant to share his physical feelings, but he’s doesn’t want it.

The short story “Let’s Take This Viral” by Richard Larson was published for the first time in 2013.

After quite some time Default decides to go down to the nocturns to try to get a little moral boost after having dissolved the geneshare contract with his now-ex-lover. He’s fallen behind with the latest trends but his friend Schorr, who has since changed sex, helps him find the right post-human fun for him, also based on viruses and bacteria from the Old Earth.

The Ghost Girl by Richard Larson

The short story “The Ghost Girl” by Richard Larson was published for the first time in 2014.

After reading another article about the ghost girl who lived in a dump outside Bujumbura, Iguo decides to investigate to understand whether it’s only an urban legend or there’s something real behind it. What he finds is a consequence of the war fought in the previous years.

The short story “Reading the Clouds” by Tendai Huchu was published for the first time in 2016.

George programmed the simulation of a universe that includes a civilization of sentient beings. It’s a very complex project and running it is even more difficult because of his disagreements with his son Jesse, who has ideas different from his father’s about the development of the simulated civilization. Interfering with a simulated world can have consequences on the real one but what’s real?

HostBods and Reading the Clouds by Tendai Huchu

The short story “HostBods” by Tendai Huchu was published for the first time in 2014.

Simon was forced to rent his body to pay for his brother’s medical care. His work is a real form of servitude in which his clients transfer their mind into his body for various reasons, sometimes immoral. This has a number of long-term consequences and when his contract is bought by a rich old man with health problems Simon starts remembering how his body was used.