An Original Speculative Fiction Podcast in 12 Episodes and a Play
BY C.R. PACKER
The year is 2054, and in the midst of rising temperatures, methane fires, and overpopulation, one young private detective named Iris Ignatius is hired to investigate a series of death threats against a renewable energy corporation. It is a different place: police as an instrument of law enforcement have been abolished and replaced with the 'temporary' measure of Ballast, a chip placed at the top of the spine that makes you faint before you commit a crime. It is hypothesized that once we develop community responses to crime, Ballast will become unnecessary and can be removed.
This piece not only support's Wunderdog Theatre's mandate of exploring how technology is interlaced both with storytelling and our lives, but in turn explores what loss, grief, sex, the role of the state, and technology mean in a future version of the world in which we no longer police and are experiencing the effects of environmental crisis first hand.