Indian Science Fiction | Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse

Editor | Fiction
A sickly biologist shuts herself off from the world and its deadly pollutants to research her beloved microbiota in peace – until a chance encounter drives her to venture out into an unliveable Bangalore.
In a dystopian Arizona, a couple performs forbidden life-saving abortions amid the threat of tanks and drones, the strict report of automatic weapons and the spying eyes of neighbours.
A young woman competes in a gruelling challenge, determined to win a place in a world where body modifications equal class and earn the privilege of transcending gender.
In this collection of 14 layered stories featuring dying cities, undying humans, amorphous bodies, cyborg racers and magic beetles, internationally acclaimed writer and data scientist S.B. Divya treads the line between the present and the future, while exploring the eternal conundrums of identity and love in speculative worlds.
About the author
S.B. Divya is a lover of science, maths and fiction. She is the Nebula Award–nominated author of Runtime (2016), and co-editor of the Hugo Award–nominated science-fiction podcast Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty (2018). Her short stories have been published in various magazines, including Analog, Uncanny and Tor.com, and her writing also appears in the indie game Rogue Wizards. She holds degrees in computational neuroscience and signal processing, and she worked for twenty years as an electrical engineer before becoming an author. She enjoys subverting expectations and breaking stereotypes whenever she can.

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