Redshift and Portalmetal (2014) by Micha Cárdenas is about Roja, a transwoman of color, having to grapple with the fact that her planet is dying. In order to survive, she has to migrate to different places and settle in conditions that are drastically different from her own. She has the option to travel to the Ice Planet, Ocean Moon, or The Planet with No Rain. As the story progresses, you learn more about her status as a migrant trans woman and her experiences with border patrol. This work serves as an intimate view into the mind of a transwoman as she embarks on a journey to find stability in her new home as she abandons her dying planet.
This work is a part of the “choose your own adventure” genre where the reader has control of the direction of the story. I think the basic story can be reproduced in a print form where the reader can flip to certain pages in a book. However, there are some atmospheric elements that create an immersive experience for the reader where these elements would not be able to be reproduced in a traditional medium. Ultimately, I think the digital medium provides more of an immersive experience for the reader and is the best way for this work to be produced and viewed.