Julie Crane is the hero in my SF thriller Darwin’s Paradox. She’s a uniquely gifted veemeld (someone able to communicate directly with the AIs of the city through a device), and was the first recipient (at age 5) of the artificial virus, Proteus (before it mutated), which allowed her, alone of all veemelds, to talk to her AI “in her head” whenever and wherever she pleased. She could also “hear” and eventually “speak” to the sentient virus through her mind-link with SAM, her AI.
On the second day she reached the great Saint Lawrence River at the remnants of the small village of Iroquois. Julie made out the seaway locks and the dam as she waded through the hummocky wetland of sedges and purple loosestrife. Overgrown and crumbling from disuse, the locks used to control the river’s fluctuating levels and linked the northern shore, once a part of Ontario, Canada, to the south shore that used to belong to New York State in the United States of America. Now it was all simply Icaria’s North Am.
Next in Julie's journey, the bridge to the United States…
Nina Munteanu is an ecologist and internationally published author of novels, short stories and essays. She coaches writers and teaches writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. For more about Nina’s coaching & workshops visit www.ninamunteanu.me. Visit www.ninamunteanu.ca for more about her writing.