Moderan

      David R. Bunch

Moderan

A collection of chilling and prescient stories about ecological apocalypse, artificial intelligence, and the merging of human and machine in an effort to survive.
Welcome to Moderan, world of the future. Here perpetual war is waged by furious masters fighting from Strongholds well stocked with "arsenals of fear" and everyone is enamored with hate. The devastated earth is coated by a vast sheet of gray plastic, and, not to be outdone, humans vie to replace more and more of their own "soft parts" with bits of steel machinery. What need is there for the timetable of nature when trees and flowers can be pushed up through holes in the plastic, each in its season? Who requires human companionship when new-metal mistresses can be ordered to spec from the shop? But even a Stronghold master, exulting high above the rockets and sub-par people below, doubt the catechism of Moderan at times. Wanderers, poets, and sometimes his own children pay visits, proving that another world is...
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