In Michael D. Amitin’s The Waiter, does the poem refer to a silent film with Charlie Chaplin? If so, what it its significance in the poem?
In Douglas Young’s Gratitude, why might the author use a word from Hindu mythology rather than say simply “illusions”?
In Erik Bergholm’s Wanderer’s Message:
- To what tropes from older science fiction does the poem seem to allude?
- What might “the smooth path of the neck” signify?
In Ted Myers’ Strangers on a Plane:
- How does the story sidestep BwS’ “Dead Narrator” guideline?
- If the two “strangers” remained alive, what sentences might they actually be given in a court of law, and for what reasons?
In AJ Cunder’s Mirror, Mirror in the Pool:
- What is the function of the Princess’ facial blemish? If it were omitted, how would the plot change?
- The “twisted fairytale” genre normally reimagines the male and female roles in traditional fairytales. Does this story do so in an unusual way?
- How might the scenario be retold as a comedy rather than a tragedy?
In Edward Ahern’s The House Call;
- Does Gordon Lormor kill or maim Maureen’s cat?
- What precedent does Lormor call upon to justify the “enhanced interrogation” — i.e. the gruesome torture — he threatens to inflict on Maureen?
- Does anything in the previous 14 chapters prepare the readers for the violent side of Lormor’s character?
In Harry Lang’s In a Season of Storms:
- What is Philip’s social status in Uranian society?
- What motivates Olivia’s conflict with her father concerning the disposal of her mother’s remains?
- In the conclusion, Philip gives Olivia a short history of the “clones.” How does she react to it? Does the history have a function in the plot or is it a separate story?
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