Lifesphere INC: Acquisition
by Talitha Kalago
Eli’s future is a life spent scavenging on the Rim. He sells trash to survive, while on the Topside, citizens live in hedonistic luxury. Eli dreams of obtaining citizenship by becoming a handler; bonded with a bio-organic life form called a meka.
A grifter named Kalex offers Eli a trade: meka of his own, if he competes in an illegal fight to the death.