A Tangled Web (Part 1) Featuring Thia Wayan

Thia Wayan stared at the people eating dumplings at eight o’clock in the morning. Yes, she was in China, and when in Rome, yadda yadda. But still… Dumplings?

Others ate sweet potatoes, sticky rice, and noodles and meat, washing it down with hot soy milk, all while hoofing it to work. She shook her head in befuddlement, thankful she didn’t eat breakfast and had found a Starbucks. Black coffee, two sugars, would hold her until lunch.

She had changed her schedule at home several days before traveling to China so jet lag wouldn’t be an issue during her mission. On her first day in Guangzhou, she needed to acclimate to the smells and sounds of the city, to program her reptilian brain—the oldest layer of the human brain that controlled basic functions—to remember normal patterns in order to instantly recognize when something out of the ordinary happened.

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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.
Afrofuturism, Cyberpunk, Science Fiction

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