Quick note to say that my scifi short story for kids – ‘Body Issues’ – has been re-issued with a new cover. I’m really proud of this short, because I wanted to talk about problems related to teens and how that might impact them in a cyberpunk context.
Ava is your typical high-school freshman: she’s got friends, family, and oh yes, access to the hottest body modification science on the planet. DNA strand engineering, nanoreceptor reflex boosters and cloned bone cells. If technology can make you a supermodel overnight, does beauty mean anything anymore? What are you willing to do to be pretty? The answers to those questions can literally mean the choice between life and death.
There’s more to the story, of course. Ava lives in the future, where biotech has created new products like hardwood floors made from the floors of the Mayflower – a hot commodity for ‘Patriot’ homeowners. I used the new cover as an opportunity to practice some new techniques and it’s available as a free wallpaper! I plan to come back to Ava at some point in the near future. If you’d like to read Body Issues, you can find it at the following bookstores:
Hope your week is going well – background work on Cinderellavator continues. Like Body Issues, Cinderellavator is a scifi story for kids. More info soon!