See how similar starting points lead to entirely different worlds. Three young people want to leave their communities — but one must contend with a domineering father, one will find her destiny bound up with a strange fairy tale, and another will get a wholly unexpected chance at adventure. Two different stories raise the sobering possibility of a reinstitution of slavery — one following a man on a slave rescue mission, one examining the self-satisfaction of those in power. As well, find the story of an emperor’s meal, told by the chef; and an outing of a bike gang who, in their estimation, are doing the community a great service: all of which also goes to show how much depends on who’s telling the story.
Rounding out the issue, the Circuit Rider continues his ride, and letters are joined by reviews and an exploration of flânerie. There are a lot of ways to see the deindustrial future: find some of them here in New Maps.