Winner | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
‘We are a Meritocratic Technarchy.
‘We are the future of the human race.’
The world’s nations have collapsed, and a handful of city states form the remains of civilization. Erstwhile Bangalore is now rebranded, ruled by the insidious Bell Corporation.
Welcome to Apex City. Here, technology is the key to survival, productivity is power, and the self must be engineered for the only noble goal in life: success.
With the right image, values and opinions, you can ascend to the ranks of the Virtual elite and have the new world at your feet. The price of failure is deportation: you are marked an Analog, with no access to electricity, running water or your humanity.
Lavanya Lakshminarayan’s extraordinary debut sinks its teeth into this dystopian future, offering a glimpse into a world we may be dangerously close to inheriting. Brilliant, searing and imaginative, the stories in Analog/Virtual will make us question our choices and rethink who we want to be.
Lavanya Lakshminarayan is a speculative fiction writer and game designer from Bangalore, India. She has received an honourable mention from the A.C. Bose Grant for South Asian Speculative Literature 2019, awarded by the Speculative Literature Foundation, USA. She is one of the winners of the Nature of Cities Prize for Urban Flash Fiction 2018, and was shortlisted for the Toto Award for Writing in English 2019. Her fiction has appeared in the anthologies A Flash of Silver-Green and Third Eye, and has also been featured in the Indian Quarterly and other publications.
As a game designer, Lavanya has built worlds and designed narratives for highly successful game titles, including Zynga Inc.’s FarmVille, FarmVille 2 and Mafia Wars. Her work on these games has been experienced by millions of players around the world. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys a strong cup of coffee, travelling the world and spending time with her dogs.