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What it’s not…
New York Stories is not a cute travelogue or a guide book to my favorite NYC bars and restaurants nor is it a guide to programming, artificial intelligence or computer languages. This is a survival story… about surviving all the horrors of a post-modern life: wars, environmental disasters, homelessness and poverty along with how to get your bills paid so that the insurance men won’t come after your shoes, so to speak… or maybe they just want dry socks? Who doesn’t these days?
What’s happening in New York City in the late 21st century?
The wars have wound down and New York still stands, largely undamaged and more crowded than ever before. Global warming has not abated so the city is hot, soggy and the oceans are rising which means there are a lot of pumps running in all the flooded areas as well as ever taller barriers around the rivers and bays. Just pray that the electricity holds but people can live with those kinds of problems as long as there’s some kind of diversion…
What do people do for fun?
Terrestrial travel is difficult in a mostly destroyed world except for “spiritual travel” where you get your spirit, your inner essence, sucked out, extracted and then shot into space, leaving your empty physical body “sleeping” like the dead far behind on Earth. Giant antennas on Mars catch those modulated “spirits” moving at light speed and process them into manufactured, artificial bodies for a few fun filled weeks before the process gets reversed. But if you’re afraid of travel, there’s always a tough, complex computer game available to play… so life can be fun as long as the game doesn’t want you dead, too.
Who’s in charge of NYC anyway?
The Board of Directors, elected by the shareholders, mostly rich business men, are the only form of government now and that means everything has to be good for the bottom line or profitable to be exact. That doesn’t mean life isn’t fair, because nothing happens that can’t be litigated in tough courts by good attorneys and judges. However, one of those courts just issued a ruling that might favor the banks and the way that they can collect on consumer debt… That’s not going to be a problem, is it?
New York Stories by award winning author, Yurie Kiri is a riveting science fiction novel that offers a fast-paced narrative centered around survival in a post-modern urban landscape. The author skillfully entwines the plot around the main characters, leaving readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the next unexpected twist.
This innovative novel presents readers with a fresh perspective on a dystopian future that could result from unchecked societal trends and tendencies. In this bleak world, the aftermath of wars has left our familiar cities and countries in ruins. The government is now controlled by powerful elites who have imposed a new world order. Technological and financial advancements have siphoned funds from bank accounts, leading to widespread homelessness. Everyday life is marked by the omnipresence of colossal computers monitoring and surveilling every facet of life and existence.
What sets this story apart is its exploration of the astral realm and the profound spiritual connections between the mind and body, which enable terrestrial travel. The descriptions of transporters to Mars are so vividly crafted that space travel becomes entirely believable. Amidst environmental degradation caused by wars and global warming, violence becomes rampant in cities, making Mars an increasingly attractive destination for those seeking refuge.
The author’s masterful storytelling sets the stage for this expertly crafted narrative. The world-building is nothing short of brilliant, drawing readers deep into this new reality. As the story unfolds, all the pieces seamlessly come together with a sense of power and authenticity. “New York Stories” is a must-read for aficionados of science fiction literature, offering a thought-provoking glimpse into a possible future and delivering a thrilling reading experience. Highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews. Read and reviewed by CM Bowen for Artisan Book Reviews.
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