Your life is not yours.
You've inherited history.
A child in Paris sees visions caused by a mysterious disease. A Midwestern school teacher hunts down her church-burning student. And a San Francisco suicide leads to a revolution.
Three characters, connected only by an unnamable dissatisfaction, forge new paths when they discover a family connection to unspeakable political crimes. Inspired by the new science of epigenetics, which suggests traumatic experiences may be imprinted on our genes and affect our children (and their children too), In Your Shadow envisions how the Rwandan Genocide, the Native American Genocide, and the Holocaust still haunt three courageous individuals determined to live out their own lives, even when those lives have been defined by the mistakes of their ancestors.
In stories that span continents and generations, this book—part novel, part collection—weaves themes of family, belonging, exile, and redemption into a vision for the future where the past is never far behind.
"A toxic-shock torrent of bad energy and beautiful language, Colette Phair's Nightmare in Silicon is recklessly brave and driven writing, brimming with fluorescent style and startling ideas. Hers is a strong voice that demands and deserves to be listened to.
-Alan Moore, author of Batman: The Killing Joke and V For Vendetta
Daydreams from the Future is the sequel to Nightmare in Silicon.
The year is 5113. When Ymo wakes up from a millenia-long electronic slumber, zir robot body dug up by an actual robot construction worker, zir failed second chance at life becomes a third chance to live in a world that’s finally ready for zir. Zir old friends and enemies all dead and gone, Ymo quickly finds zie has a lot of growing up — and catching up — to do.
Embraced by a community of ageless genderfluid avatars in a world without male or female, Ymo sheds the physical shell that kept zir down in exchange for existence in a deceptively real cyberspace. Befriending the robot who saved zir, zie embarks on a quest to return the favor for the robot worker underclass, the only ones who don’t benefit from this utopia. Ymo explores sexual relationships with a sly and cocky archer named Cupid, a needy yet sweet programmer, and a fantasy Ymo may never touch, as the idea of parenthood looms over zir anew in the midst of the robot revolution.
This was supposed to be paradise, but the culture shock of a few thousand years away from society — along with an unfamiliar dialect, zir own outdated assumptions, and another new “normal” — makes Ymo wonder if zie will ever really belong anywhere.