Emergency Skin (Review)

Emergency Skin (Review)

little short story by author N.K. Jemisin, and interesting point-of-view tale that unfolds as you read it, like a flower or an onion. Whatever.

So there is a human settlement out there, the Founders, who escaped Earth before it collapsed into total environmental ruin. From the clues, you get to understand that they are male, white, and don’t like women much (too emotional). Now they run a freakish society on some other world where the reward is a full growth of skin (so you can move about and bask in white privilege, I suppose). The “soldiers” under them can also earn this elevated status if they travel to ruined, bleak, lifeless Earth and recover cells (from wherever), to bring home and renew their precious skin stocks (so the true Founders can live forever). And this thing they send to Earth, it has a little AI built in to monitor the mission and advise the drone.

But when the drone arrives at Earth, he finds it lush and renewed, a life in perfection as only liberal could dream of. Humans live in harmony, now that the selfish section of their population left. Oh, it took years to get everything to rights, but they did it and now it’s a perfectly happy society that lives as humans are meant to live, without boarders and manufactured hatreds.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, right? And while I might have given away some surprises here, there are more in this delightful tale of the way we’d love the world to go in. It’s worth looking this one up – you can find it on Amazon quite easily for the kindle. And I’m not the only one who enjoyed this clever tale – it was the winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.

So kick back and start reading a wonderful book where those rich white bastards get what’s coming to them.