In The Speed of Clouds by Miriam Seidel, a space-fiction fan of the late 1990s dreams and writes about travel into the future while trying to sort out her very real problems on modern-day Earth. Avant-garde installation art and the ideas of Bucky Fuller get into the story, and so does the Lakota Ghost Dance of Sitting Bull's era. Can Mindy Vogel find fulfillment—and dare we hope, love—among cyborgs and Santaks and the other strange species of fandom?
Everything Is Borrowed by Nathaniel Popkin digs into the past rather than the future as a talented architect grows obsessed with the history of a lot he's supposed to build on. Not only does that site stir up his own painful memories, but he discovers a man of almost the same name who frequented the area in the late 19th century. What can this shadow man (see the cover above) tell him about his own life? What does the past mean to the present and the future? Are there any truths that don't change over time?
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