It is the near future, and an ecological catastrophe known as The Great Dying has killed off all plant and animal life. The wealthy have cloistered themselves in compounds called enviroSims—artificial environments in which even the inhabitants’ dreams and memories are subject to the trans-humanist whims of corporate engineers. We are invited into the tragicomic struggles of the residents of Shy Lake Estates, flagship environSim of the SimulAir corporation: Neurotic high school teacher Sebastian Loman, who has been receiving strange messages in the middle of the night; his son Gabriel, on a crash course with a mysterious girl and the leader of a post-humanist cult; Simulations designer Lucien, who’s fallen prey to debilitating perfectionism; former environmental extremist Demetria Creeley, whose past has come back to haunt her; and Arno Shy, recluse and disfigured scion of mysterious company founder Eyvind Shy, who may or may not be manipulating his life’s work from beyond the grave. As a band of protestors threatens their community’s borders, and strange glitches begin to overtake their world’s source code, a cast of characters moves toward a series of epiphanies both apocalyptic and transcendent. At once terrifying and hilarious, roving across decades, from the flooded boulevards of Los Angeles, to a decimated Manhattan Island, and taking in themes of environmentalism, art, authenticity, perfection, and the human penchant for escape through technology, The Simulations is a work of vast ambition, deep yearning, and searing wit.