A Butterfly in Peking is another short story of that seems to deal with the conflict that consumes the earth in Munteanu’s fiction.
It is the story of war, a war between two polar views of how humanity should or should not move into the future. The Greens want to progress with scientific advances and the Techno vigilantes believe that science will lead to humanities destruction.
In this specific story, two children escape a band of Techno vigilantes to a Techno Corporate Farm. (Munteanu likes to use the word Techno a lot. So, I’m not sure that the Techno vigilantes and Techno Corporate Farm are one in the same or not.) On the farm they find a hard refuge.
However, these children grow up to become educated members of society. One a Green Chaos theorist, the other will go to work for DIE (Department of Industrial Ecology).
What I like about Munteanu’s short fiction is that they are so long in time. They seem to mostly begin with children and end with adults that have join society. What’s weird is that I feel that I know how here characters get from one place in their life to the next without having to have seen it.
Check this story out! It was posted today: A Butterfly in Peking
Munteanu, Nina. A Butterfly in Peking