It’s Tuesday, which means it time for another episode of The Human Division. Here are the details about “Walk the Plank”:
Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized and secret—so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected.
“Walk the Plank” is one of the shortest of the episodes, but this particular episode carries a lot of freight, both in the sense of storytelling, and in the sense of being stylistically unique among the episodes. I like it a lot. Of course, I would say that. Even so.
Remember that in addition to “Walk the Plank” debuting today, there will be a discussion of the episode up over at Tor.com sometime today (Update: It’s up!). There I talk a little bit about the writing and structure of this particular episode, as well as how the episodic structure of The Human Division came about. Interesting stuff.
And be sure to come around again for next week’s episode, “We Only Need the Heads.” You’ll see how then how the events of “Walk the Plank” start to resonate forward through the rest of the novel.