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All the stories in this volume are set in the year 2050, in The City. Though they are set in the future, and though science has a role to play in some of them, these are not science fiction stories. Some of the stories are related to each other. This form, stories loosely related to each other and set in the same world, does not yet have a name of its own.
The stories tell of some curious characters in The City—extraordinary, solitary individuals—some children who may or may not be solitary, a pair of lovers, a butterfly expert, a painter, a nurse, an ex-hacker, an inspector and a serial killer, a software developer and coder etc
About the Author
Aniket Jaaware teaches English at the University of Pune. He is mainly interested in the literary genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and cinema. His earlier publications include a few poems and essays and an academic book called Simplifications: An Introduction to Structuralism and Post-Structuralism. He also translates between English and Marathi.
"These brilliant, disturbing stories speak to us of our own time as well as of a time to come, and they do so in a wholly modern, contemporary accent."
—Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor at Jadhavpur University