Here’s another snippet from “Cog.” Nicholle and Chris are on the run after the company VP has implicated them in the media as embezzlers. They visit Chris’ old friends in Columbia, MD.
Dried Earth Boulevard, Wind Rider Way, Burnt Mountain Path——names of streets in Columbia. Like disjointed, random sentences in a pakz-induced haze. Nicholle had heard tell Columbia was a premier neighborhood once upon a time, with tree-lined streets and emerald grass. Now it boasted a run-down mall, dilapidated housing, and dirt-filled front yards decorated with rusted cars.
She and Chris drove through the neighborhoods, passing house after house with peeling paint and broken shutters.
“Nice place,” she deadpanned.
“Not everyone’s an heiress,” Chris said.
She bit down a retort.
“Left here,” he said.
She turned on Canyonhead Lane, a cracked asphalt street where trash littered the gutters and cats’ eyes peered from sewers.
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.