Stories

“An Expected Chill”

Originally published in the Winter 2017 issue of Into the Ruins, this story set in a near-future Portland, Oregon ratchets up the tension as the main character, Linsey, struggles with a strained relationship and a city in upheaval, gripped by stirrings of civil violence and social unrest. Featuring speculation about how economic dysfunction and reduced energy availability might alter the social and economic landscape of a major West Coast city, I tapped into aspects of the current housing affordability crisis and tensions from the 2016 election to imagine a familiar but remade Portland. My favorite part of this story is the remaking of the Eastmoreland Golf Course into a shared farming enterprise. (It would give me no end of pleasure to see that prediction come to life some day!)

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