The Price of a Four-Block Fare
In Sherman Smith’s “A Foolish Heart”:
- What is the function of the two New Year’s eve celebrations?
- What character flaw of Stella’s is revealed at her dinner with Marcus?
- Why does Stella not hand Brooks her present of silk masks and ask him where Earl might be?
In Ian Cordingley’s “Pushing the Sky Away”:
- What is the significance of the title?
- What does Diana do, if anything, to deserve Blair’s distrust?
- What is the economic, political and socio-cultural setting of the story?
In Bob Welbaum’s “A Fateful Evening”:
- Is the pseudo-narrator “Fate” necessary? How would the story be affected if it were omitted?
- What is the function of the “lost child” subplot?
- What might have happened if Ruth had accepted a ride in the clandestine “taxi”?
In Gary Clifton’s “Murder at Dead Woman Pass”:
- How could a large space communications installation be built so near the town without anyone’s noticing it?
- Aside from Petrovic himself, is any character in the story not a possible suspect either as the murderer or as a spy?
- How might the story be written without the stock Middle Easterner from Central Casting?
In John Grey’s “Test Tube Babies,” does it seem to matter whether the characters originated in a test tube or were born naturally?
In Jeremy Szal’s “A Hunter’s Wrath”: To readers of what age might the story appeal?
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