Re: A Whispering Voice

In a mix of rhymes, assonance, and chants, “A Whispering Voice,”  by Elizabeth Creith is a prose poem about what Goldilocks did after she escaped the three bears. The first line dares you to keep reading, especially out loud. Goldilocks stalks the forest walks in ragged socks, regretting the courage that made her so bold […]

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Re: Recalculating

Unlike Stross’s “Palimpsest,” I can understand why “Recalculating,” by Tina Connolly uses second person. Like  “Directions,” the story is told by a GPS system, giving such directions as: Show them your spinach and the guard will let you in.

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“ISO,” by Derek Zumsteg makes “Faith“‘s jaunt through the personals look even more nostalgic. The narrator is as spam-writer, who takes a commission to ghost-write an ISO ad in the W4M section. And those are the easy acronyms.

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Re: The Chinese Room

I admit it. I need some help with “The Chinese Room,” by Alec Deason.  From the first line, it paints a curious scene, full of wonderful details: It held out its palm for Jason to see. There was a single grain of sand on the worn plastic surface. “I have many thoughts,” the thing elaborated.

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Re: Entropy in 606 Words

When I spotted “Entropy in 606 Words,” by Derek Zumsteg, my first thought was, It’s the toothbrush guy! Despite the complicated subtitle (“A Fictional Exploration of Current Thinking on Localized Entropic Models and Possible Associated Unexpected Phenomena”), the first line is simple enough: Tom wake up more dumb. Bonk head on bed.

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