Rules of Resistance
In Dave Wisker’s “Blood Group”:
- What are the stone structures that Miri remembers? What is the significance of the blood mark on the doorpost?
- In one day, Miri acts as both an angel of life and an “angel of death.” Is her behavior inconsistent? Why or why not?
- Three rules of resistance date from the Nazi era:
- Consider every poisonous word a threat.
- Hold the threateners accountable.
- Never agree that the unacceptable is “normal.”
- Would a faithful adherent of a different religion have done the same thing as Miri in similar circumstances?
In Sam Buckley’s “Majoring in Semtex”:
- Who or what operates the Commas, Tetrises and Moneyfishes? Are the machines operated live or by remote control?
- How do the machines act as an occupation army?
- Are the balloon weapons implausible? Are they the equivalent of today’s IED’s (improvised explosive devices)?
- What emotional conflict does Keyte experience?
In Boghos L. Artinian’s “WETE: Wait for Extraterrestrial Echoes”
- If space aliens were running away from Earth at one-sixth of the speed of light, perhaps understandably, would they bother to try to establish contact?
- Bird songs and dolphins’ sounds are mentioned as real-life attempts to decipher vocalizations in non-human species. By what means do elephants and giraffes communicate? What beings use “quorum sensing” for communication?
- The essay is accurate in all its calculations and its hypotheses are, at least, not impossible. And yet it is quite humorous. What does the humor consist of?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?