October 6, 2022

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The summer of the blackout was hot. Each dawn, millions of air conditioners went into labor, birthing, once more, habitable rooms amidst the terminal heat of a dying world. But the city’s residents didn’t care. Each morning, their smart glasses powered up to insulate them from disappointment, from gray dusty streets, and from each other. The blackout was inevitable, but unexpected. Eva awoke to find a blanket of languid and sticky heat pressed to her skin. Her boyfriend, Lee, concealed in a tangle of sheets, did not wake. In horror, she realized the bright walls and treasured colonial crown moldings […]

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