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Wed Jun 19, 2013, 12:43 AM

Two different stories of disastrous futures: Rahul Kanakia, Ken Liu

The Ships That Stir Upon The Shore, by Rahul Kanakia

The refugees drove west in a creaking convoy. Most of the cars were almost out of fuel. Many were on the verge of breaking down. The shoulders of the highway were littered with stopped and wrecked cars.

Only a few of those whose cars had failed--those with fuel to trade or young children to tug on the heartstrings of some brave bachelor--had seen rescue. The engorged sun and ambient radiation made short work of the rest. Once their cooling systems failed, they either sweated away their lives within a few hours or accumulated a lethal dose of radiation when they stepped outside to attempt repairs.

But that was the price they paid for being foolish and unprepared. Roger Deryn had spent his life on this highway, and he'd never come within a mile of death. Roger was prepared for everything. And that's why Roger was the one who was headed east, fast and cool, to turn a profit off the slowly-failing dome that these poor folks were fleeing.

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http://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/future-societies/rahul-kanakia/the-ships-that-stir-upon-the-shore

Disturbing story; climate changes but people don't.


But on the other hand...

Mono no aware, by Ken Liu

The world is shaped like the kanji for umbrella, only written so poorly, like my handwriting, that all the parts are out of proportion.

My father would be greatly ashamed at the childish way I still form my characters. Indeed, I can barely write many of them anymore. My formal schooling back in Japan ceased when I was only eight.

Yet for present purposes, this badly drawn character will do.

The canopy up there is the solar sail. Even that distorted kanji can only give you a hint of its vast size. A hundred times thinner than rice paper, the spinning disc fans out a thousand kilometers into space like a giant kite intent on catching every passing photon. It literally blocks out the sky.

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http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/mono-no-aware/

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Wed Jun 19, 2013, 03:13 AM

1. Good stories, man, thanks for posting. n/t

 

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