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

K. Ceres Wright is the author of Cog. Her short stories, articles, and poetry have appeared in Hazard Yet Forward; Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; Many Genres, One Craft; 2008 Rhysling Anthology; Diner Stories: Off the Menu; and Far Worlds. Contact 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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