In Stephen Ellams’ I Don’t Believe in Ghosts, what imagery might the narrator have used if the play had been something other than Amadeus, say, A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Othello?
In Kirsten Kaschock’s Culture Bound, Fitch’s and the narrator’s experiment is reported to be a failure. What do the two eat while they’re on what appears to be a kind of starvation diet? Why can food not be sent to the spaceship in distress?
In Roy Dorman’s Take Me With You:
- The narration refers self-recursively to Jill’s mission being one “speculated about in a number of science fiction stories over the years.” And it discusses the forms such stories normally take. Can you cite other stories of one-way space exploration? In what way(s) does “Take Me With You” deviate from them?
- Why might Jill have refused to land on the “humanoids’” planet, Grendal?
- How does Jill seem to feel about Edward before she leaves Earth? After they’re reincarnated on Grendal?
In Myra Litton’s The Human Zoo:
- Can the poem be considered a kind of sequel to Denny Marshall’s “Mousetrap”?
- What human weaknesses does each poem portray?
- In what way do the two poems’ themes resemble and differ from that of the Twilight Zone episode “People Are Alike All Over” (1960)?
In Trevor Almy’s First Tape:
- Does the plot overstep BwS’ guideline about “dream stories”? What incidents does Bernie Grimmel cite that might indicate it does?
- If “First Tape” is a dream story, does Bernie Grimmel ever wake from the dream? And whose dream is it? If it isn’t his, is it The Mother’s? One generated by the videotapes themselves?
- Or is “First Tape” only partially a dream story? If so, which parts are dream and which are real?
- What might have been recorded on the “first tape”? Why might The Mother never have played it?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?