Category Archives: Short Story

Saved by Demons

The short story “any major dude” by Paul Di Filippo plays with the term “Maxwell’s Demons” and connotations associated with the words.  The story plays on both scientific and religious references similar to demon-creator, James Clerk Maxwell, and it institutes … Continue reading

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Middlemen of Apocalypse

In both “The Cold Equations” by Tom Godwin and “The Minority Report” by Philip Dick, an apocalypse is created which is controlled by middlemen who kill to prevent death to the masses while destroying free will. In both short stories, … Continue reading

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Dead Eyes of Utopia

“Pop Squad” by Paolo Bacigalupi describes a world in which people have eternal life but where childbearing is unlawful.  Two mothers in the story tell the main character, pop squad policeman, that he has dead eyes.  The man becomes habituated … Continue reading

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Familiar Plotting in Roger Mais’s “Red Dirt Don’t Wash”: A Response

            Critic Stewart Brown said that “No matter the social Milieu in which they are set, [Caribbean short stories] employ essentially conventional devices of story-telling, plot their tales in a familiar way, develop their characters through dialogue and the details … Continue reading

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