Aeonian Parallax by Megan Mandana
Two sixteen-year-olds are on the verge of joining The Collective, an advanced and enlightened society that has erased the ills of poverty, lack of education, and other flaws that limit primitives from a peaceful existence. Joining The Collective comes with sacrifice, which takes a different form for each individual and comes with a cost.
Whether it’s today’s world or an AI-controlled futuristic dystopia, the challenges of balancing community and individuality are immense. Playwright Megan Mandana uses the alien landscape of sci-fi to cross-examine the very real struggle of growing up: what is the cost of belonging? What is the value of selfishness?