by Barry Burnett
For a solid century, the Arkitect has been overseeing the construction of the Ark, humanity's escape from a techno-ravaged world. She's too old to accompany the billion-fold survivors, of course, but she doesn't seem to mind. Is she an unreformed Earth-hugger? A Gaia-worshiper? Find out for yourself, in a not-too-short story that's dark, bitter, dry... and evil fun.