Saturday, January 7, 2017
Life On Garbage Island, by Ben Lasman
Another good one from the Wired Science Fiction Issue. Life on Garbage Island describes a new landmass made from the various garbage vortexes in the Atlantic. A place where people go to start over. It has a great quote--"Life out here was a big adjustment from Brooklyn. Everything about it was so much nicer." The protagonist, Francis, struggles to get by on a variety of gigs, noting that many on the island seem to somehow be independently wealthy. He soldiers on and hooks up with a fellow garbage denizen for a trash romance. There's a lot Lasman has to say here, the very idea of living off others' garbage is one that gives plenty of room to roam. I say 3 stars.