Episode 2 of AE Reads Skiffily features an excerpt from "Taste the Singularity at the Food Truck Circus" by Jeremiah Tolbert from the August 2016 issue of Lightspeed Magazine. Science fiction is often about projecting both future technologies and what people(s) might do in certain circumstances. When I first read this story, I could see the projection as a combination of developments in 3D food printing and the kind of cultural contact and exchange that might flow from people relocating due to rising sea levels. In the story, Nico (the narrator) is trying to save up to become a freelance accountant, but must battle with his love of food trucks. He discovers that Alberto, an acquaintance from a cooking class he took as a child, is a vendor of a popular food truck near his work. Alberto has invited Nico to the exclusive food truck circus.
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