Utopia Planitia Press had quotas to fill: a new science fiction hardback, produced for the hardcore faithful, dropped every month. The market was incredibly lucrative, since the books were sold for $30 each, but the compressed time frame meant there wasn’t the luxury of hand-painted cover illustrations.

Enter Dean Crighton and his copy of Poser 3D.

“What’s that?” he said. “A legion of space women in bikinis attacking a Nazi tank operated by a tyrannosaurus? I’ll have to make some unique assets for that, so it’ll be ready by 5.”

Putting down the phone, Dean looked at his blank sub-Pixar 3D workspace and sighed. “I hate my job,” he said with a mournful sidelong glance at his art school diploma on a dusty shelf.

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