The current issue of F&SF has one of my stories: "Liberty's Daughter," which is either the first in a series of short stories, or the opening part of a novel (I have a lot more stories to tell about Beck, Thor, and their society.)
The story is set on a seastead. Seasteads are real-ish: they don't exist yet, but there are people who are trying to make them happen. The basic idea behind seasteading is that since all the land is claimed by existing countries, they'll build themselves an island, or a whole bunch of islands, and experiment with government systems the way startup companies experiment with entrepreneurial ideas.
The really cool thing about seasteading, science fictionally speaking, is that it lets me write a colony story in a near-future setting, because the characters don't have to be colonizing other planets.
So that's one piece. As far as the second piece goes -- well, that brings up an interesting story.
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