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Incredible story! "We Are Perfect" resonates with the conceptual power of Orwell and Huxley, yet Casha finds her voice and creates a distinct, new future-reality.
"The Factory" is visceral, stygian, and disturbingly surreal.
"Her face contorted in muted warning. It was the first time, up close, Leo witnessed the inside of her mouth. It opened to nothing: no fleshy gums or teeth. It was shadowed vacancy, tar-black absence."
This story has excellent character development and an intriguing plot that hits VERY close to home.
"She looked at me like I was a stray dog with sad, pleading eyes and the next step was the needle. Euthanasia."
"My jagged edges are from anxiety and ennui."
"Saturday Night Ritual" twists along with visions of death, glimpses of insanity, and surrealistic mood.
Bell takes an outlandish cultural concept and adroitly produces a well-executed, believable short story.
"Strike" contains a dramatic death and finely tuned layered meanings.
Powerful writing, an unusual symbol, and the death of a sibling make for an outstanding story.
I leave you with a story that explores deep, contemporary, relevant questions: What is sentient life and consciousness? How are those concepts changing? Who controls the cultural meaning of those concepts? And most importantly, to what extent are we free if these concepts are defined by propaganda?