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Literature / ATL: Stories from the Retrofuture

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ATL: Stories from the Retrofuture is a Web Serial Novel by Thedude3445. It's all about Morgan Harding, a twentysomething, superpowered slacker who secretly saves the city of Atlanta from technological disaster with the help of a robot ally and a clumsy best friend.

Set in the future imagined by the 80s and 90s, it's a Science Fiction/Cyberpunk/Comedy/Drama/Action/Detective Drama/Slice of Life... Okay, it's a bit of a mix of genres.

The story updates three times a week, and is divided into various novella or novel-sized stories, each of them covering a different subject in the wild world of retrofuture Atlanta.

This series provides examples of:

Karina charges towards another guy, gets ready to do another sweep, and then she realizes there’s gun pointed right at her face. “HOLY SHIT!” she yelps.
  • Post-Cyberpunk: Thedude3445 has called this story's genre "cybernormal", or the everyday slice-of-life version of a cyberpunk world. It's very much a response to the Crapsack World themes of most cyberpunk stories.
  • Private Detective: Marge Eisenhower. She's even got the trenchcoat and fedora.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: At the very start of the story, Morgan's thrown right into a new mystery by way of getting beaten up. Worst part? It's in Morgan's own apartment, right after a full workday. Talk about a drag.
  • 30 Minutes, or It's Free!: Karina works for Packard's Pizzas, a company so dedicated to fast delivery they strap literal Rocket Boots to their employees. She mentions having to wall jump using her boots to get to an order in time once. It sounds very dangerous, but keeps the pizzas very warm.