Asian lesbian cyberpunk mermaids fight institutional discrimination. War refugee Tari is grateful that she was allowed to immigrate into the ocean as a cyborg mermaid. Despite being treated like a perpetual foreigner, she studies her hardest to improve the lives of the “real” mermaids born with bio-engineered gills. Until a gillkind tries to murder her, and the police cover it up. To find her assailant and hold the powerful accountable, Tari fights to become the first cyborg police cadet. But when a conspiracy threatens gillkind existence itself, she must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice.
Mentari PVT-224 couldn’t believe that humans centuries ago had imagined “mermaids” with real, unbroken tails. That made no sense. There were so many important things between a person’s legs; where would they go?
The light metal of Mentari—Tari’s— mech suit boots rang like rain against the genetics labs’ shining white floors as she hurried to get out and head to her other volunteer job. Her mind, though, lingered over the hologram she’d just seen: a 3D mesh of neon lines in a dim chamber, projecting a gillkind butt.
This butt sure didn’t flow into one of those fantasy mermaid tails. No, it extended into two soft treader limbs instead. They could latch together by suction force, forming the illusion of a tail. Patch by patch, the memory diffused to life on the display visor fitted over her face, like a specimen stained visible by dye.
Not that gillkind asses were some mystical secret or anything. Sure, they were always covered in real life by the shape-shifting nanosilk robes gillkind wore, but Tari had studied more… intimate… diagrams than she wanted to remember.
This ass was more special than any of them, though.
This ass foretold the future.