My SF story “A Type of Favor” is online at Sharable.net
I have three stories that will appear on Sharable.net over the next three days. They are examining what it might be like to make a film in a future with an economy based on sharing and cooperation. Each story can stand alone but hopefully you get more out of them when they are read as a whole. It’s the first time I’ve tried to write a mosaic story.
Here’s a teaser of the first one.
A Type of Favor
Like most of the co-operatives that sprang up after the Oil Wars, the Broadway co-op had a specialty. While other co-ops might focus on medicine or music, the Broadway members created and exported films to the commercial world. In exchange for pooling their time and resources they were able to have a higher standard of living than any independent artist. But of course, even an economy based on sharing and cooperation demands sacrifices…
Jenn stared at his chin, focusing on the stubble and hoping that her distaste didn’t show. Why had she borrowed Harold’s tools? Now she owed him.
Harold’s request to borrow one of her typewriters for the film he was making was perfectly reasonable, but this did nothing to keep the sour taste out of the back of her mouth. When she’d traded borrowing points, she hadn’t thought the typewriters would be in danger. No one used them anymore. She’d thought she was throwing skills or tools into the communal pot when she immigrated to this co-op. At her old one, no one cared about the typewriters. Was there a way she could say “No,” plausibly?
Oh, and it has pictures of our actual typewriter collection.