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The Silicon Jungle by Shumeet Baluja

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-PRELUDE TO PIE-

July 17, 2009

The rundown hotel room was even worse than Sebastin had imagined—the windows were barred shut, the air conditioner broken, and the stagnant air stifling. He sat waiting on its musty bed, motionless, the scorching sun baking the tiny room. Succumbing to the heat, Sebastin’s imagination steadily incinerated his grasp on his surroundings. The smell of the hundreds of sticky grungy bodies that had doubtless occupied the room before him was permanently embedded in its walls. No amount of cleaning, if it had even been considered, would ever dissipate the stench.

Restless and agitated, Sebastin moved to the room’s rusted iron table, which in some earlier age must have passed for acceptable furniture. Sitting lifeless in ...

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