Originally published in the Winter 2017 issue of Into the Ruins
, this story of deindustrial science fiction is set in a near-future Portland, Oregon and ratchets up the tension as the main character, Linsey, struggles with a strained relationship and a city in upheaval, gripped by stirrings of civil violence and social unrest. Featuring speculation about how economic dysfunction and reduced energy availability might alter the social and economic landscape of a major West Coast city, "An Expected Chill" taps into aspects of the current housing affordability crisis and tensions from the 2016 election to imagine a familiar but remade Portland.
Coming in at just over 10,000 words, “An Expected Chill” is currently available (as of 3/31/20) as a PDF formatted in A5 sizing (5.83 × 8.27 inches). EPUB and MOBI formats will be added as options in the near future and buyers will be notified once they are available as part of this package. They will then be able to download these additional versions for free.
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