Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday

Here’s my entry for SFF Saturday! This is the opening chapter from another cyberpunk story I’m writing. Bo, a Chinese-born man with American parents works as a freelance IT guru. But the Chinese government is about to take interest in his work:

The scent of stale Tsingtao and rancid urine forced Bo to crank open an eye in half-hearted reconnaissance. Iron-framed lanterns hanging overhead told him he had fallen asleep on the living room couch, confirmed by the twinge in his back caused by the second-hand temperfoam. Memories flitted across mental landscape—a big project with a big percentage…big celebration.

Data display in his periphery blinked a 43.5 percent chance of getting back together with Mei, based upon last night’s conversations and pheromone output. A higher than usual chance, he thought. He winked off the display, anything beyond offstream proving to be information overload.

A hangover nagged at the edge of his consciousness, a feeling quite familiar. He rolled off the couch and onto his knees, letting the vague pain take center stage before clawing his way to vertical. He hovered over a pile of empty kuji pacz, then found his center of balance. Shambled toward the kitchen, led by the slivered rows of light from the blinds stenciling the floor.

About dohlman

Wright received her master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and Cog was her thesis novel for the program. An accomplished poet, Wright’s science fiction poem “Doomed” was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association's highest honor. Her other publications include “Of Sound Mind and Body” in the Bram Stoker award-nominated Sycorax’s Daughters; “Dear Octavia Butler” in the Locus Award-winning and Hugo-nominated Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler; “The Haunting of M117” in Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; “Cyberpunk Remastered” in the award-winning Many Genres, One Craft; “The Last Stop” in Diner Stories: Off the Menu; “Bequeathal” in Far Worlds; and “Mission: Surreality” in The City. Find her on Twitter @KCeresWright.

12 responses to Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday

  1. Yes, data displays and hangovers don’t go well together.

  2. Wow, some really great details sprinkled throughout. I liked the precise percentage of him getting back together with Mei and the monitored pheromone output. You make it seem like checking the weather and not creepy at all.

  3. Love your detail. And love that line: ‘crank open an eye in half-hearted reconnaissance…’ That’s me every morning. Ha!

  4. I love your imagery. It caught my interest from the get-go and left me wanting more.

  5. You had me at “rancid urine.”

    Excellent imagery and great use of it to build your world. Good luck with this one. You’re off to a stellar start.

  6. You know how to build a world and drop us right in. I’m already hooked on this like pacz!

    🙂 Heidi

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