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.

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 Tor.com.

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