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Elizabeth Bonesteel on the connecting power of virtual reality

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In Elizabeth Bonesteel’s story, “Overlay,” a family works their way through a top-secret facility on an important mission. As they sneak past guards and drones, it soon becomes clear that their mission isn’t what it seems, culminating in a touching moment about connection.

Bonesteel is known for her Central Corps series (The Cold Between, Remnants of Trust, and Breach of Containment), which follows the members of a Federation-like space consortium as they deal with a looming conspiracy.

The Verge spoke with Bonesteel about VR and how it can bring families together in the far future.

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.