Clicking the Counter
In Robin Helweg-Larsen’s “Zombie Apocalypse”:
- Who are Branson and Musk?
- Are zombie apocalypses a covert death wish?
In Michael Amitin’s “Silver-Wing Caddy”:
- What is a Caddy? Think of at least three possible answers.
- Who is Little Lotta?
- What are baggies?
In Susan Savage Lee’s “The Illusion of Brilliance”:
- Is Susana innocent or naïve? What might she do differently in light of what she observes?
- Why does Susana implictly accept the rape by not reporting it to the police?
- Does Lee’s note to Susana imply that he killed Megan? Why might he have done so?
- What did Lee’s mother do? On what grounds is Mr. Flint fired?
In Ásgrímur Hartmannsson’s Attack on an Evil God, chapters 16 and 17:
- Does anybody — including the currently surviving characters — know what the “evil god ” is or even what it’s supposed to be?
- For what apparent reason does a robot kill Snær?
- What is the body count? How many people and robots are killed in these two chapters? Include the allegedly soul-transmigrated inhabitants discovered in the strange city. All told, have more people been killed than there are characters in the story?
- Hypothetical question: If a story concludes with a population of zero — or a negative or imaginary number — would it overstep our “Dead Narrator“ guideline even though the point of view is third-person omniscient?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?