Shaping Lakes and Honeycakes

Wendy Nikel
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Drawing the Line

Gustavo Bondoni
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The Long Night

Gary Priest
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Marie Vibbert
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Microclimates of the Rich and Famous

In  by August 25, 2023
On today’s episode, the breathtaking Salish-Pacifica estate of Darien Walton-Musk, biogeneering  pioneer and microretail magnate. We’ll speak with Walton-Musk and his architect/companion AI, Pacifica, later in the program, but first enjoy the beautiful landscape of the grounds. The border of Salish-Pacifica is understated, beginning with the five kilometre mist belt, where vapour sprinklers seed the […]

The Smiling Virologist

In  by August 11, 2023
SAMUEL BURNS is a tall, thin man who seems nervous in front of the cameras. He fiddles with the wire linking the mic that is clipped onto his shirt, and one foot taps quietly but frantically on the floor as he talks. SAMUEL: I suppose you want to talk about what happened to Adam Lewinsky, […]

One Last Bash Before We All Hit the Road

In  by July 28, 2023
The Ball at the End of the World existed at that narrow intersection of refined taste, decadent excess, and ironic misanthropy where all truly daring social coups occur. Of course it was Salvatore Arravanche’s idea. And because it was an Arravanche event, everyone came. There were no invitations—no illuminated scraps of cardstock, no cloying notifications […]

Things We Do Before We Eat

In  by July 7, 2023
Danny loved Central Park. Danny’s father, Thomas, hated the walk through the pencil towers that got them there. “Can we please do a boat ride today, Daddy?” “Sure, buddy.” Thomas scanned the sidewalks ahead of him, trying to pick out any areas where they might run across someone Thomas didn’t want to have to explain […]

The Brighter World

In  by June 23, 2023
The sun was so hot, and the two full wooden buckets weighed so much! No matter how Tallie held them, their hard handles, salvaged Old-Time wire wrapped in rawhide, hurt her fingers or her palms, and every time she stepped carelessly, another gout of the precious water would slop out into the dust and filth […]

Flavours of a Memory

In  by June 9, 2023
Mists lie over the craggy rocks just off the shore. Sea gulls cry, sea lions bark, kelp crunches underfoot. Cypress and sage bend in the breeze coming off the ocean. Purple wildflowers peek out from dry brown grass. A bent oak shelters crows. A peek into the secluded life of a tidepool: sea anemones, sea […]

Rewilding Indiana

In  by May 26, 2023
I’m Joanna Appleseed, reseeding native gardens from above. Just a cloud chasing wind, transparent kites to gather the sun, furl them in before the storm. Light as a gull, composites and silk, shift and rise through the layers. The troposphere’s a 3D puzzle, navigation by wind on my cheek. Neutral buoyancy and clean electrons power […]

You Are My Endling

In  by May 12, 2023
Joni and I got our first biomorph plasty together when we were sixteen. Small changes at first. Cosmetic over functional. Mom and Dad argued constantly, so I didn’t feel too badly that I was probably the final wedge to drive them apart. Dad supported me. He went on about how when he was young, kids […]

Shaping Lakes and Honeycakes

In  by April 14, 2023
Melia stood upon the shores of the receding lake, shaping her tale for the meagre audience of children and elders. Storyshaping always came easier when there were more listeners, but this was her third attempt this moon cycle at reshaping the lake’s story, with little to show for her efforts; she couldn’t blame the others […]

Seeds, Temporarily in Their Bed of Lint 

In  by March 24, 2023
The puckering taste of lemon lingers in my memory. Bright, like the stars out my window. Distant for now, like them, too. Eight worlds. Eight worlds in nine standard years. But none of them perfect. Each star system has plenty of planets orbiting within, swirling in their gravity pools. Most of those are uninhabitable. My […]
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