Pace of Change” is an examination of the exponential pace
of human advancement. Starting with the earliest proto-humans
and ending with the present and suspected future, this introduction
to the stories evaluates our technological past.
Technology Infection" is about an event, and two irresponsible
teens who attend in the flesh to watch, and, it turns out,
to participate in the mayhem.
a Baby" is the tale of an old woman from Vietnam who,
grieving the loss of her family, has found an illegal and
possibly immoral solution to her inability to procreate.
with Meat" features Jailee, who wants to crack into the
hacker community, but at thirteen years old she's an unlikely
candidate unless she has something to offer.
Cop in Times of Trouble" is the bar ramblings of a police
officer who is not impressed by the changes to the society
Loved One" tells the sad story of a man who has lost a
remarkable and tragically ill daughter, only to fear that
he's about to lose her again.
Early Adopter" is the story of a university professor
who, unemployed because of layoffs in the education industry,
finds himself locked into a dubious contract with World Builder
Corporation; he is a software slave operating robots on the
edge of human space and planning his escape.
Ghosting" features a disillusioned avatar who has seen
too much depravity to carry on being casual about misery.
Bottle World" tells the story of an impetuous teenager
who quickly gets in over his head when he decides to make
a new species using a corrupt DNA kit. In
Gene Splicer" Aubrey moves into a remote area to conduct
his genetic experiments with the help of children who don't
realize until it's too late what they've agreed to.
Disorder" is Ana's story of careless laziness, and how
a moment's thoughtlessness has the potential to change the
direction of society.
Station Yarusk" an unwary tourist who has ignored the
warnings tries to feed the animals and takes on more responsibility
than he is prepared for.
the Run" tells the story of a teenaged thief caught in
a world changing too rapidly around him for family or even
personal relationships. When he stumbles into a Buddhist compound
that all changes, however, and the object he's stolen loses
Everyone Beats the Same Drummer" Uncle Trim has no idea
how far ranging his activist tendencies will be when he indoctrinates
his reluctant nephew.
Meditation" relates the cold observations of an opportunistic
drone as it watches two people sample illegal delights.
Store Baby" a woman waits for her shelf baby to mature
before she buys, but when it becomes apparent she has waited
too long, the grieving mother-to-be takes action.
is about two teenagers who escape their parents' control but
end up lost in a part of France that has no trunklines. Resourceful
even without bandwidth, they fight their way out.
wakes up the slums in "Immersed," he realizes his criminal
activity has caught up with him. Only when he wakes again
does he realize that the truth is both more fantastic and
Hacked" tells the story of human and monkey gene mixing
from the point of view of the unfortunate lab tech caught
in the crossfire when the experiments are exposed as illegal,
immoral, and possibly fatal.