Katherine sits awkwardly on the sofa accepting the hospitality of the family she has come to visit, seeking information about the climate on the outside of the ship. (This issue celebrates the vanquishing of a monster in our own time, on this day, 20th January 2021)
After checking that her cat was alright, watching the rest of Alexand’s recordings and waiting half the night for the sun to rise, Katherine felt herself falling asleep. She woke up in the middle of the afternoon, with Ali purring on her pillow, and a deep need to visit the family of the girl with Downs Syndrome, Alexand had donated her eye to, to see why exactly the family had ended up on the Kyuunansen.
Katherine walks back to her apartment, disorientated, attempting to come to terms with being stranded back in her own time, alone. (This issue is dedicated to Rainbow Railroad, a charity set up in Canada to enable people from the LGBTQI community to escape from persecution and relocate to safer countries.)
After defecting to the resistance, and being given asylum on board the Kyuunansen, by President Asenath Bomani, Ajeeta Kothari was invited to work as part of a team of scientists developing cloning technology. Cloning had been illegalised in the shrinking world outside this ship. Ajeeta Kothari has been instructed to wait for her first patient, who arrived this afternoon.
The ethereal Samira Ganesh escorts Katherine down a grand marble corridor. The ship seems quite empty, but there are a few straggling people, occasionally signalling their welcome to a new face on board. (This issue is dedicated to all those rebels who fight injustice in society, particularly the women who won the vote 100 years ago. Without them, and those who followed, I would not be in a position to see a future world inhabited by such strong and uninhibited women.)
Katherine has spent the past few minutes exploring her new apartment, but there is a knock at the door.