Kelly Robson on burlesque and privacy in a futuristic Toronto

In Kelly Robson’s “Skin City,” a street burlesque dancer becomes infatuated with a privacy-shrouded woman and tries to find a way to spark a connection.

Robson has earned considerable acclaim for her works of fiction. Last year, she earned the Nebula Award for her novelette A Human Stain, and she earned the Prix Aurora Award (for excellence in science fiction in Canada) for her novella Waters of Versailles. We also enjoyed last year’s novella Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, which is about time travelers who try to fix their broken future.

The Verge spoke with Robson about burlesque and privacy in the far future and how people separate themselves from one another.

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.

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