After his excellent study of gender politics in “Fluidity” last autumn, Eric Del Carlo returns to Futurismic with another look at the unanswered yet imminent questions of posthuman identity. Short, sharp and timely – enjoy!
Out Walking The Streets
by Eric Del Carlo
I’m ravenous for sights and sensations, for the leathery creak of the seat beneath me, for the subtle reassuring hum in the metaplastic hull of the train car. I feel the speed; I record in my mind the tug of force against my body, basic physical principles acting upon me at every moment. It is new. It is all worthy of my acute attention.
It is not new. I am thirty-four years old, and the laws which oversee reality are as familiar–and discountable in day to day life–as the thump of blood in my veins.
I exert the effort not to make a spectacle of myself. I’m hardly alone on the train, but no others, I feel sure, are as mesmerized by the cityscape streaming past both rows of windows. I want to, but do not, press my nose to the clear ‘plastic and cry out at the pearlescent architectural wonder on display. They’ve put me on this train, among regular people. I’ve promised to control myself, and my promises have convinced those who needed convincing. Continue reading NEW FICTION: OUT WALKING THE STREETS by Eric Del Carlo
One of my hardest jobs as editor here at Futurismic is trying to write the introductions to our new fiction pieces that actually do them justice. This month, I’m not even going to try – all I’ll say is that Eric Del Carlo‘s “Fluidity” totally blew me away when Chris sent it over for me to look at, and that I’ve not read such a strong yet sensitive treatment of gender politics in science fiction for some time. See for yourself.
by Eric Del Carlo
Some prim Prior in Xen’s childhood had made a pulpit-pounding fact of this statement: “To interrupt one’s Cycling is to throw oneself off a cliff!” So often and with such spittle-spraying vehemence was this preached that it had locked in Xen’s mind.
And so when he pulled the braided sash and his burgundy robe heaped the ground around his bare ankles, he stepped forward over the ice plants with that Prior’s fervor guiding, not warning, him. The ocean’s salt-tart wind handled his slim naked body carelessly as he came to edge of the bluff. Cascades of ice plants turned to dark rock below, then colorful sand. Xen paused to touch his exterior genitals. It was a wistful gesture.
Off a cliff…
He went, making instruction of that long-ago thunderous remonstrance. When he struck the dark rocks, he crushed numerous bones; when he bounced and tumbled out onto the beach itself, he lived only long enough for a group of startled concerned bathers to huddle over him. Continue reading NEW FICTION: FLUIDITY by Eric Del Carlo