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Dead Air (short story)

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Introduction

"Dead Air" is a science fiction short story by US writer Damian Broderick, published (i.a.) in the feb. 2010 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction 34:2 (=409) (p. 24-33); style and plot have a distinctive Philip K. Dick-ian flavour. The story is set in a future New York City, in a globalized world afflicted with global warming.
António Martins, 18 February 2010

United States of America

[USA flag]
image by Joe McMillan and António Martins, 18 February 2010

A scene set at a Taiwanese eatery includes a «great acrylic patriotic flag above» (…) «pinned to the four corners of the room, fifty white stars on deep skyblue, three more blue stars clinging at the inner edge of the top white stripes: New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan.» (p.26).
António Martins, 18 February 2010

Apart from the quoted sentence, the story gives no other hint about the flag nor about its overall significance in terms of geopolitics and vexillography.
António Martins, 26 March 2010