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Lauren Beukes Speculates on a Future Where Everything is For Sale in The Big Issue

The Shining GirlsLauren Beukes has written a piece for the latest edition of The Big Issue, which is the collector’s issue and will be on sale until 17 January 2014.

Read a short snippet of her article, in which she speculates on a future where everything is for sale. The article is illustrated by Daniel Ting Chong.

We’ve faced some tough times in South Africa, from apartheid to the Great Woolworths Shortage of 2014, unemployment, illiteracy, public housing shortages, corruption and crime. But that’s all in the past. Thanks to leaps in science and surveillance, life has never been better for those on the inside.

Food is plentiful! Just set your kitchen Protein-Cuisinator to grow the tissue fibre you want to eat. What will it be today? Cruelty-free bacon or Kobe-sim beef steak? Or perhaps you’d like to try something more experimental, grown from one of Curiosities Gastronome range of stem cells. Go paleo with meaty mammoth ribs! Or mix it up for Christmas with roast honey-glazed dodo instead of turkey. (Please note that harvesting your own sample cells automatically voids your warranty and the use of human tissue is illegal and carries the penalty of re-socialising, including cases of autocannibalism.)

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