When Earth Becomes a Nature Preserve, Where Do Humans Go?

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When Earth is declared an off-limits nature preserve, humans settle in a giant ring encircling the planet. Inside, posthumans jockey for status while a young window-washer looks on. Welcome to Saturn Apartments - a manga series that's free online.

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Hisae Iwaoka created this gorgeously-drawn, haunting tale of an orphan coming of age in the lower echelons of Saturn Apartments society. VIZ is publishing the newly-translated manga for free in their online magazine Sig Ikki - a new issue goes up every month, and there are three up already.

Here's what Sig Ikki says about Saturn Apartments:

The society of the Ring is highly stratified: the higher the floor, the greater the status. Mitsu, the lowly son of a window washer, has just graduated junior high. When his father disappears and is assumed dead, Mitsu must take on his father's occupation. As he struggles with the transition to working life, Mitsu's job treats him to an outsider's view into the various living–room dioramas of the Saturn Apartments.

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Saturn Apartments via Sig Ikki

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DISCUSSION

It's the ultimate environmentalist progression, that people are bad and that animals and plants are more important.