Erika D. Price is a writer and social psychologist living in Chicago, Illinois. Her work has been featured in Whiskey Paper, EFiction, Red Fez, Literary Orphans, and on Liar’s League NYC’s podcast, among others. She’s also written journal articles for academic presses that no sane human being would ever read. She writes regularly at http://www.erikadprice.tumblr.com
We are named after some two-bit nowhere of a place mentioned as an aside in the Bible. We are easily forgotten or overlooked, but we are distinctive. We are shrinking. Our population is aging. Our schools are closing. We are falling apart. We are getting small. We are forgettable. But at least we still have NASA, our parents, the fairgrounds, and the Browns. It is a cheap place to live. A place where we all might one day retire.
We are named after some two-bit nowhere of a place mentioned as an aside in the Bible. We are easily forgotten, but we are distinctive. We are shrinking. Our population is aging. Our schools are closing. We are falling apart. We are getting small. We are forgettable. But at least we still have NASA, our parents, the fairgrounds, and the Browns. It is a cheap place to live. A place to retire.
Researchers call it the Cleveland Brain Drain. We grow, we suck all the nutrients from the dirt, we learn, we save our money, and we leave. We are statistics. We move by trends, like the grandparents and parents who brought us here. They placed their roots beside the veins of salt that ran beneath the lake. We have placed thin roots in the air. A huge hunk of us stays. But not the brain.
In this suspense-filled sequel to Corpus Callosum, tensions mount as the uploaded minds of the deceased launch a full-scale attack on the world of the "breathers", the living humans who have not yet uploaded their minds to the Haze network.
19 year-old Lupe has been locked in a bathroom since she was a little girl. She is guarded by three mysterious unseen "keepers", who provide food, books, and occasional company. After 17 years of holding the girl hostage, they've fallen into a comfortable routine. But one sleepless night, Lupe discovers why she's been locked away all her life, and everything changes.
In this short story collection by Erika Price (author of Corpus Callosum), gods and goddesses from bygone eras are reimagined as contemporary analogues and released on a hapless modern world. In MYTHS, new creation stories are laid down, the world is destroyed and created anew, and the more things change, the more petty human nature stays the same.
Corpus Callosum is a work of literary science-fiction about Jeanette Porter, a 30-year-old copywriter who uploads the mind of her dead sister Joey into a computer. But Joey doesn't take this change well, and begins to behave erratically. Jeanette must track down the computer’s inventor and enlist the help of several other uploaded minds in order to save her sister’s sanity and repair their bond.