“Last Night in Maracaibo (Either Way)”

His eyes drifted from the street to her.

Maracaibo was as dark as the grave, and the irony was not lost on him.

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“Where Credit Is Due”

“Your compensation for today is 200 credits and five minutes.”

At the completion of another exhausting shift, Joaquín pushed his way toward the exit of the lithium processing facility.

Twelve hours of battery production had left him with fresh burns from the various mechanized elements of the facility and reeking of brine.

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“Museum Exhibit of the Future”

One that you may readily recall.

“This vending panel, which offered consumers sugary drinks in exchange for coins, is one of many examples within this exhibit of the economic system undone by runaway inflation in the late 20th and 21st centuries.”
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