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Publisher's Summary

"Refresh" is an explosive, powerful short story about a near-future dystopia in which citizens can commodify every waking moment of their lives with computer-generated augmented reality. But this ubiquitous, game-changing technology can create dangerous consequences, especially for society’s most vulnerable people. 

Welcome to Refresh: With nothing but a pair of computerized contact lenses, the app allows you to immortalize and share your experiences in virtual reality and to step right into the life of anyone you’d like - for the right price. And in the near-distant future, there is no longer a question of who uses the app, only how: to record and share special occasions, like weddings and vacations? Or to push the envelope toward something more controversial, more shocking, more sinister? 

This thought-provoking listen follows a young Black man who, in order to profit from his own marginalization and to make a larger statement, hatches a plan for a confrontation with a police officer that’s sure to capture the attention his profile desperately needs. But when the lines between performance and experience are blurred, is he prepared for the reality of what’s at stake?  

"Refresh" is both a compelling, futuristic tale and a gut-wrenching commentary on our world and the reality of being Black in America. 

Please note: This audio contains strong language, distressing situations, and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised.

©2020 Salim Lemelle (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Salim Lemelle is a genre/sci-fi writer from Southern California. Salim sold his short story Quietus to QC Entertainment (Get Out) which he will adapt with Steven Caple Jr. (Creed 2) for Steven to direct. Before that, Salim was selected as a fellow in 2015 for the prestigious Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship. He attended Pomona College earning his BA, then later receiving his MFA in screenwriting from The University of Southern California’s School for Cinematic Arts.

About the Perfomer

Lauded for his boyish voice, emotional range and fluid vocalizations, Kevin R. Free is one of the narrators of the 2011 Audie Award-winning Here in Harlem and an Audie Award Finalist for his narration of The Red Pyramid (with Katherine Kellgren). Kevin was named a Golden Voice in 2012 by AudioFile Magazine and is a recipient of 10 Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Known World. A narrator of over 300 audiobooks since 2001, he is especially proud of his narration of several series including Martha Wells’s Murderbot Diaries, Walter Dean Myers’s The Cruisers, and Jay Bell’s Something Like. More info about Kevin can be found at www.kevinrfree.com.

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Brilliant story!

I can’t wait for your next story Salim! I did not see that ending coming

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Excellent Short Story!!!

The story grabbed my attention and before I knew it was over. I wanted more! Would enjoy a full book sequel. Salim brought sci-fi into a fine line of reality. Enjoyed fully!

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Holy smokes

I don't like to know much about a book when I download it. I mean, I knew this was SF, and free, but that's it. So, even though I can claim I had no expectations, this book wasn't what I expected. At all. It was a real surprise. It deals with issues SF doesn't normally deal with, from a perspective that SF doesn't often have, and that not familiar with. Which, for me, means pretty much perfect. It would have been easy for me to overlook this piece. I'm so glad I didn't. You shouldn't either. Thirty-six minutes and free? Just do it.

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Amazingly Poignant Sci-Fi Story

Like all good sci-fi, this short story expands on a lot of societal elements that humans struggle with. Issues of race, police brutality, social media, addiction, among others, are poignantly explored. If you enjoy the sci-fi series Black Mirror, you’ll love this audible original.

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a terrifying look at what technology could possibility become in this new age of technology. There's a griping story that shows how social media has become a drug and we are the users

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Unique and interesting

This story got me engaged in a very short time. A great story and narration also excellent.

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Loved this!

A terrifying short story that look at the future and social media’s control over our lives. Kevin Free’s performance draws you into this new world and his pacing is spot on! Highly recommend!

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the story line was surreal. the ending surprised me. good to see the emotion at the end

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Very Timely.

I loved this story. The timely themes of police violence against black men, AR, and the commodification of pain; the measured build; and then the shocking and chilling change of perspective at the end. Very fine writing. Looking forward to reading more.