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Satifka, Erica L

Entry updated 24 September 2021. Tagged: Author.

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Automatic" in Clarkesworld for January 2007, set like much of her short work in a Dystopian urban Near Future populated by outlier figures, some of them modified humans, some of them artifacts. How to Get to Apocalypse and Other Disasters (coll 2021) generously represents this work. The protagonist of her first novel, Stay Crazy (2016), justly or unjustly under the influence of heavy medication (see Drugs) to treat high anxiety and convulsive paranoia, begins to hear instructions delivered by a Monster from another Dimension: her illness is genuine, but so (it seems) is the threat from beyond. Busted Synapses (2020), a novella, is set in a Near Future Wheeling, West Virginia, an economically and culturally depressed region which has been designated a Zone of special uninterest by the domineering corporate universe that profits from its entrapped population, which does little but consume trash (see Advertising; Media Landscape). [JC]

Erica L Satifka

born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


  • Stay Crazy (Lexington, Kentucky: Apex Publications, 2016) [pb/Nickolas Brokenshire]

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