The most faithful and long-suffering of my loyal readers (I think there are maybe three of you?) will remember the story “Plural,” first published last March in Cosmos Magazine. Well, the science fictionistas at Escape Pod have now produced this story as a podcast, so you can listen to it while you pull dandelions or drive to Graceland or suffer away on the elliptical machine. Whatever your thankless activity, Amanda Ching has done the reading so you don’t have to! Give it a listen, if you please.
This is a story I have toiled over: since it was first drafted in January 2013, it’s gone through two major revisions–splitting into columns, doubling in length–and about a thousand minor ones. I hear the editors had a tricky time getting the text online in the desired format. So “Plantation | Springtime” has always been a challenging text, it’s always required a little extra work. The result might be a slightly challenging read. But I hope you’ll give it the extra minutes, and I hope it’s worth the effort for you. It’s always felt like the best kind of challenge to me.