"The Wheel" by Clara Chow

In a dystopian Singapore, the Singapore Flyer is now a maximum-security prison for political offenders. The inmates hatch a plan to escape the prison, at the expense of a fellow inmate.


What if you could dream up any building you like? What would it be? How would constructing it change our lives?

A shopping mall self-destructs, and a single mother vanishes. A tree house for orphans and old folks is torn apart by an act of mercy. The Singapore Flyer is reinvented as a political prison.

In this collection of nine tales, Clara Chow examines an alternative Singaporean landscape—one that exists only on paper—and the people we might be in it. A former newspaper correspondent, she interviews nine architects about chimeric structures and sets short stories in them.

A hybrid of journalism and fiction, Dream Storeys documents the voices of urban visionaries, while taking their ideas into inventive, evocative new territories.


Dream Storeys


Ethos Books (2016; print)

Storytel (2020; audiobook)

Bleak Dystopia Futuristic


Justin Tiang

Justin Tiang

Justin Tiang is a Singapore-based concept artist and illustrator. Though set in the distant future, his lifelong projects Finding Calais and Pastel Skycubes draw inspiration from the past.


Clara Chow

Clara Chow is the author of two short-story collections: Dream Storeys (2016) and Modern Myths (2018). She is also the co-founder of the literary and art journal WeAreAWebsite.com.

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