Atoms Never Touch


by micha cárdenas
forward by adrienne maree brown

Fierce, poignant sci-fi, about hacking, love, and resistance.

Jumping to alternate realities sounds great if you’re in control. But what if you’re not? What if you’re propelled away from the people and places you love the most in the blink of an eye? And what if these involuntary journeys happen because your neurochemistry is different, and your brain works differently?

Beautiful, compassionate, and resourceful as she is, this is Rea’s problem. A Latina trans woman and an academic, she is beloved by a tight circle of friends, who fully accept her without knowing the cause of her disappearances. But she is haunted by the lovers and family that she cannot trace back to, and fears she might be separated from them forever.

Each time she transits into a new time and space, everything shifts—even the films and writing Rea produces readjust their molecules to match her new quantum reality. But Rea, a brilliant lay scientist, is determined to crack the code and end her quest for lasting connections and home.

Paperback | 152 pages | AK Press | 2023

micha cárdenas is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, and filmmaker. She is an Associate Professor of Performance, Play and Design, and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

adrienne maree brown is a writer rooted in Detroit who now lives in Durham, NC. She is a student of the works of Octavia E. Butler and Ursula K. Le Guin. Her books include Octavia’s BroodEmergent StrategyGrievers, and Maroons. Her visionary fiction has appeared in The FunambulistHarvard Design Review, and Dark Mountain.


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