Rainbow Snippets Goes All To Sh…I Mean, to Camp Black Rock. J. Scott Coatsworth’s “Shit City.” (Jeff Baker, December 17, 2022.)

Every week we post six lines from a work of ours, a work-in-progress or published or a recommendation of someone else’s work with at least one LGBT character. Posted at Rainbow Snippets here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/963484217054974

Promoting the work of a fine writer I know, J. Scott Coatsworth, who has a new collection of stories: “Androids and Aliens” https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com/book/androids-aliens/?fbclid=IwAR2eQl2Fne23cCaBfFKPNrWOl31VJaBHh6PWXtaOqAqFG7slSLPdXe7CoiY&cn-reloaded=1 out now from Other Worlds Ink. It includes one of my favorites of his stories, “Shit City,” which I read when he was still writing it! (Brag! Brag! Brag!)

Here’s some snippets as 17-year old Jason Vasquez has been evacuated to Camp Black Rock, known as “Shit City,” after a disaster hit the West Coast:

We form a line, and I have a chance to look around, The camp’s actually more like a small town—the main road is paved with the same black material that makes up the bricks. Surprising sprigs of green shrubbery line the fronts of each building, and solar panels shine on the rooftops. Thank god. They have power. I squeeze my cell phone in my pocket. Though a cell connection out here in the middle of nowhere is probably too much to hope for.

Here’s a little more, and about how Camp Black Rock is nicknamed “Shit City.” It involves a clever use of human waste products and a very special form of yeast…

My stomach rebels, and I look away before I can heave-ho into Flynt’s mask. When I look back, someone in gray overalls and a rebreather is stirring the shit-and-piss mixture with a long metal rod. “What is this place? Hell?” I wish I were anywhere else but here.

Flynt snorts. “Close. This is where they make the bricks.”

I stare at him, then back at the vat of waste. “From shit?”

Okay, that’s enough for now! Scott is at the forefront of the current crop of LGBT writers who use LGBT characters (like Jason here) in stories that blend speculative science and realistic protagonists and has earned Scott comparisons to Robert Heinlein. Anything J. Scott Coatsworth writes is worth reading.

And thanks for reading this! ——jeff

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4 Responses to Rainbow Snippets Goes All To Sh…I Mean, to Camp Black Rock. J. Scott Coatsworth’s “Shit City.” (Jeff Baker, December 17, 2022.)

  1. This place sounds…er…delightful.
    My late father worked at a sewage treatment plant back when I was an infant. He said it was an experience like no other.

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