Short fiction

Other Persons - Altre persone by Claude Lalumière

The short story “Maxim Fujiyama and other persons” by Claude Lalumière was published for the first time in 2014.

Maxim Fujiyama tries to survive as he can, rummaging here and there in the Vancouver area where he lives looking for food and anything that might be useful to him. Other people went to live in the building where he has settled but Maxim only counts on himself. Sometimes he meets other people and can’t help but wonder what it means to be a person.

The short story “Your Own Way Back” by Richard Larson was published for the first time in 2013.

Elliot’s grandfather’s mind is in a neural network inside his house, but it’s degrading. One of the possible solutions, albeit only for the time needed for his clone to grow, is to transfer it into Elliot’s brain. In this way, grandfather and grandson find themselves having a unique relationship.

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.