Chapter 3
Illustration by Daniel Leivick

By the Time We Get To Arizona

U.S.-Mexico immigration has become a reality television-style competition, with newly arrived contestants living and working under constant and pervasive surveillance in Mariposa, a “planned prototyping community” or “cultural moat” on the border. In Mariposa, an array of technologies ranging from implanted microchips and aerial drones to pheromone sensors and personalized advertisements seamlessly blend convenience and intrusiveness, making privacy and solitude nearly impossible.

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Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer and strategic foresight consultant based in Toronto. She is the author of vN (2012) and iD (2013), the first two novels in her Machine Dynasty series. Her fiction has appeared in Nature, FLURB, Tesseracts, Imaginarium, and Escape Pod. Her essays and criticism have appeared at Boing Boing, io9, WorldChanging, Creators Project, Arcfinity, and
  • Work-In-Progress Update: April 2013

    Written by Madeline Ashby
    Science fiction writer; strategic foresight consultant

    Last week I had a really great phone call with Darren Petrucci, Suncor Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Arizona State University, and we talked about previous work that each of us had done on border design. Previously, when I worked on the Border Town project, my goal was to create design interventions for people in border communities. It seems like this project will be an extension of that mission…

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