Published: 2013 in Rayguns Over Texas
Genre: science fiction
Setting: Galveston, Texas, near future
Interest: I was provided a copy of the anthology and I’m slowly reviewing all the stories in it.
Summary: Climate change is causing the oceans to rise and the world’s economy has tanked. Our main character is an investment banker whose clients are countries or corporations looking to move themselves or their money to a safer spot.
Final thoughts: An interesting version of post-apocalyptic climate change fiction since it focused on the economic changes that would happen. The U.S. has fractured and the Constitution is slowly being rebuilt by the electorate. The main character lives in the U.S. but is only true to his clients and their money. Apparently he came up with some big deal at the end, but it isn’t really explained so I didn’t quite understand what was going on. There’s also a bit about getting brain surgery so he can think faster and see more of the larger picture, and therefore make more money.
Title comes from: One of the main character’s main clients were the Mauritians who were looking for somewhere new to live (since their islands were slowly being covered by the rising ocean). They were looking for a plot of land where they could have sovereignty and had a bit of money to pay for that privilege.
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