In a near-future world where the car is king and the people are divided between those who ride on a network of highways connecting the glittering hubs of the city, and those left on foot — the lowly “Peds” — who inhabit the lands that lie between them, Robert Balkoner has always believed these latter, even if disadvantaged, are well cared for by the city as a whole. These beliefs are shattered, however, when a freak auto accident thrusts him among the Peds, and he discovers a system more varied, complex, and sometimes horrific, than anything he might have imagined. Yet even here Balkoner also can find love, as well as a handful of rebels willing to barter their lives in a quest to improve conditions for themselves and their fellows. A novelette.
About Author James S. Dorr:
James Dorr is a short story writer and poet working primarily in dark fantasy and horror with forays into mystery, science fiction, and various combinations thereof. He currently has two collections, Strange Mistresses: Tales of Wonder and Romanceand Darker Loves: Tales of Mystery and Regret, from Dark Regions Press and a book of poetry, Vamps (A Retrospective), from Sam’s Dot Publications. Dorr also has three to four hundred individual appearances in magazines and anthologies in the US, Canada, Britain, France, Australia, Holland (forthcoming), and Brazil ranging from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine to The Yellow Bat Review. Dorr has worked as a technical writer and editor, associate editor on a city magazine, a full-time nonfiction freelancer, and a semi-professional Renaissance musician. He has a cat, Wednesday, who’s into mousing and playing with spiders. He first appeared at Untreed Reads with his steampunk-inspired short story Vanitas. This was followed-up with the horror short I’m Dreaming of A… and appears in the anthology Year’s End. For more information see http://jamesdorrwriter.wordpress.com .
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