The Minerva Sierra Challenge is a grueling race across the Sierra Nevada, a day-long run, possibly a 70-mile journey if “across the Sierra Nevada” is taken literally. “Runtime,” S.B. Divya’s sci-fi novela, focuses on a cyborg who doesn’t have the resources to enter the race, scavenging and pulling in every resource to make it into the race. From the blurb,
“The Minerva Sierra Challenge is a grueling spectacle, the cyborg’s Tour de France. Rich thrill-seekers with corporate sponsorships, extensive support teams, and top-of-the-line exoskeletal and internal augmentations pit themselves against the elements in a day-long race across the Sierra Nevada.”
The book itself sounds like it’s a conversation about economics hidden under science fiction, I mean that in a positive way. There’s an interview with the author on Androids and Assets, a podcast focused on the economies of sci-fi, that may help inform this brief little article. The book also tackles issues of race and immigration, which at least one reviewer said may be a little bit ambitious for 120 pages. I look forward to the read.
The author S.B. Divya blogs and podcasts at eff-words.com.