Bad Shibe, 2017, short story
Book Chapter Version
Story by Rhea Myers Illustrations by Lina Theodorou
Same text and images as the zine, but reformatted and ncluded in the collection “Artists re:Thinking the Blockchain”.
Story by Rhea Myers Illustrations by Lina Theodorou Afterword by Ruth Catlow
Such future. Very crypto. Much catastrophe. Wow.
“Bad Shibe is a sci-fi novella set in a future society that may or may not be based on a descendant of the Dogecoin cryptocurrency, where it’s as hot and as dusty as a virtual money mining rig. A trusting young shibe called YS questions the basis of their utopia and their place within it and feels … bad. The story invites us to imagine what kind of society emerges when a system designed to verify the transfer of digital assets is combined with a world where reputation is based on “followers” and “likes”. The story deals with the implications of a new wave of fully financialised planetary-scale automation and the struggle to discern right from wrong when human and machine agency merges.”