AFH artwork by Christiana Black
Life was so different than 74 years ago. In 2090, people valued science more than anything. The United Scientists of America had all the power in the country. They represented the government, doctors, lawyers, and everything else.
One Monday, Professor Mike Brown went to the university. Before he started his class, he had a meeting with the United Scientists of America.   
“Hello, I am here to introduce my idea about a new experiment I want to do,” said Professor Brown.
“Well, we don’t have any room for new scientists,” replied JM, from The United Scientists of America. “We already have enough.”
“But my experiment is a medicine to keep us younger and never get old. It will be injected into the arms of all ages. And everyone will stay young forever.”
“We are sorry, but we cannot accept your ideas.”
Professor Brown felt very aggravated. He decided to do the experiment, anyway -- without the approval of The United Scientists of America....
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Jacob Pargo Garcia / AFH Photo
After Freddy’s parents died on a deserted island, he vowed to avenge their passing.
Freddy’s parents died because of a government rule declaring that all newborns would have a chip planted inside them. The chip helped the government control the amount of times you could use the Internet.
“Born dead,” the government called it.
People who were not part of the government could only use the Internet 10 times. Any more, you would feel a pain in your head and then you’d be dead.
Freddy’s parents died because they defied this rule; they thought the government was just joking.
After his parent’s death, Freddy went to live with a cousin named Carlos,
who worked for the government on its computer system. Freddy decided to talk to him about this deadly government rule.
“I don’t think it’s fair only for people who are part of the government to use the Internet for an unlimited time,” Freddy said.
Freddy asked Carlos if they could hack the government computer....
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AFH photo by Aijanah Sanford
Scientists in 2081 had just invented a surgery to make people perfect: eyes, nose, hair, belly, legs. Everything.
One late night at the hospital, Ana and Miriam were waiting for Dr. Fern to finish the contract for Miriam’s operation.
“Mom, are you sure of what you’re doing to your body?” Ana said, angrily.
“Yes, Ana, I’m sure. I will be the first perfect woman in the world. I will look like a beautiful flower.”
“Mom, but you’re already beautiful. You don’t need to do that.”
“But I told you I want to be perfect, daughter.”
“You should think first about the surgery before confirming the contract with the doctor, mom.”
“I did it already, Ana.”
“I will talk with the doctor and tell him you need more time to think about the surgery.”
“It is clear, daughter.”
“But you don’t know how dangerous that surgery can be.”
“I do, daughter, but I want to try it, anyway. You only think about how dangerous this can be but not how beautiful and perfect I will look.”
“You make me angry right now, mom. I told you not to do the surgery.”
“I will do it, Ana,” her mother insisted....
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AFH artwork by Jancarlos Gutierrez
“Hey Papito! What are you doing here? I was looking for you at the farm,” Panchito said.
“I’m here because I don’t work there anymore,” Papito said.
“What do you mean you don’t work there anymore?”
“Yes. They fired me.”
“Did they fire you because of the machine?”
“Yes. They told me that they were going to re 10 more people because they got two new machines.”
“Ohh! We should do something or we’ll all lose our jobs.”
“I think it is a great idea. We should talk to the other farmers.”
“Yeah, let’s do a meeting tomorrow.” Panchito walked into his boss’s office.
“Hey boss,” Panchito said.
“How are you doing, Panchito?” the boss said.
“Good, thanks. You know why I’m here, right?”
“No, I don’t.”
“I’m here because I want to talk to you about the machines. I think you should not use the machines.”
“Why not?” the boss said.
“Because you are leaving a lot of people without jobs.”
“I don’t care. I only care that I’ll be saving a lot of money with the machines.”
“You should think how those people are going to survive without jobs and no money.”
“I already told you I don’t care.”
“But, sir.”
“Shut up. I don’t wanna hear it. Why don’t you get out of my office and go back to work before I fire you, too.”
But Panchito had a plan....
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AFH Photo by LanVy Tran
In the year 2501, L lived in The Perfect World -- a small city that was built secretly in the forest and was covered by an artificial sky. All around, the nature was fake. No animals existed. Civilians did not need to worry about food since in every house there was an NIM machine hanging on the wall that injected nutrients into their veins three times a day -- just like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. People had an ID code number on the backs of their necks.
In The Perfect World, there were no schools or books because there was a machine named KISA that transferred basic knowledge automatically to each human’s brain. President Wydell told people that it improved their intelligence while they slept at night.
L was a 15-year-old boy with orange hair and a black tattoo of the number 301 on his neck. He had lived separately from his parents since he was 12.
He slept in a pod and wore a white bandanna through which knowledge was transmitted to him from the KISA machine.
Soon, L would be able to work.
“We’re all geniuses since we don’t need to put much effort into becoming intelligent.”
That was what President Wydell always said to the people. He was the one who determined professions for them. When babies were born, he chose jobs for them -- ones that would serve the best interests of The Perfect World....
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