Los Piratas del Mar de Plastico • 2014 • near SF story by Paul Graham Raven

★★★

Meta: ISFDB. This Near SF short story appeared in the 2014 anthology Twelve Tomorrows, my review here.

„It takes a special kind of man, a special eye to make the ruins bloom.“ The author cites from an archetypical cyberpunk story: Green days in Brunei by Bruce Sterling. Strange thing that this unknown author embeds such a citation from his editor, hm? Green days in Brunei is also about post-oil environmentalism, though a patina built around that story from October 1985.

Here, main protagonist Hope Dawson assists a wealthy mentor in closing up to investigating macroeconomic changes in Spain – from growth to ruin: „The whole region had become a sort of experimental sandbox for heterodox economic systems.“ This is a different story than the others – it is not about the omnipresent internet of things but it’s the econonmy, stupid. Andalusia is being left alone by Spanish government; greenhouses worked by cheap African laborers dominate the scenery. But everything is a predictaly short-term business and the locusts will hop on to different regions.

A strong female character and an interesting background define the story’s core. And I have to go back reading some 80s Sterling stories!

 

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