THE SCIENCE FICTIONS TIMES and OTHER STORIES
The Science Fiction Times is an excerpt from a novel about Paul and Sara, two friends who live in Berkeley and work in technology fields at the University. It is told intermittently from each of their points of view. Paul is a Chinese American from Queens, New York, while Sara grew up in Colombia where she witnessed and experienced the atrocities of the world’s longest standing civil war. Together they navigate one of the world’s most progressive cultures and are challenged to reconcile that experience with their traditional upbringings. The other short stories I’ve included are a selection of ones I’ve written during my time in the MFA program. “The Love Class” is about a group of students exploring sexuality largely through a research project in a class titled Love in the Time of Capitalism. In “The Dalhousie Trial” you’ll meet a neonatal neurology lab researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia who discovers she has bipolar disorder. In the process of her diagnosis she becomes obsessed with a murder trial involving her undergrad classmates. You’ll travel to Burundi in “The Mercy Spring” and meet a mixed-race missionary family. The husband is Burundian while his wife is English, and they are facing the onset of civil war and have to decide whether they will leave or stay.