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What it's not...
New York Stories is not a cute travelogue or a guide book to my favorite NYC bars and restaurants, nor is it a guide to programming, artificial intelligence, or computer languages. This is a survival story...about surviving all the horrors of a post-modern life: wars, environmental disasters, homelessness, and poverty, along with how to get your bills paid so that the insurance men won't come after your shoes, so to speak...or maybe they just want dry socks? Who doesn't these days?
What's happening in New York City in the late 21st century?
The wars have wound down and New York still stands, largely undamaged and more crowded than ever before. Global warming is still an issue, so the city is hot and soggy and the oceans are rising, which means there are a lot of pumps running in all the flooded areas as well as ever taller barriers around the rivers and bays. Just pray that the electricity holds. But people can live with those kinds of problems as long as there's some kind of diversion...
What do people do for fun?
Terrestrial travel is difficult in a mostly destroyed world, but "spiritual travel" is an option...get your spirit extracted and shot into space, leaving your empty physical body "sleeping" like the dead far behind on Earth. Giant antennas on Mars catch those modulated "spirits" moving at light speed and process them into manufactured, artificial bodies for a few fun-filled weeks before the process gets reversed. But if you're afraid of travel, there is a tough, complex computer game available to play. So life can be fun--as long as the game doesn't want you dead.
Who's in charge of NYC anyway?
The Board of Directors, elected by the shareholders, mostly rich business men, are the only form of government now, and that means everything has to be good for the bottom line. That doesn't mean life isn't fair, because nothing happens that can't be litigated in tough courts by good attorneys and judges. However, one of those courts just issued a ruling that might favor the banks and the way that they can collect on consumer debt. That's not going to be a problem, is it?
Praise for New York Stories
Winner 2022 New England Book Festival, "Unpublished Fiction" Category
"A huge cast of characters, a plot line with multiple twists and turns, and an element of magical realism. I would recommend this book for science fiction fans or anyone looking for something a little bit different." ~Amazon review
"Very cleverly written and woven round the things that matter. Highly recommended." ~Goodreads review
"Like Timeless or Bladerunner but more quirky." ~Beta reader
Yurie Kiri is a shy, secretive person who lives on a boat, cruising between various ports in the Pacific Ocean. Sailing, writing, and photography are Yurie's primary passions. Since Yurie's beloved cat, Fluffy, knows where all the bodies are buried, she's not allowed to leave Yurie's sight.
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