News from Under- and Overground
In Margaret Karmazin’s “Why You Haven’t Heard From Me”:
- What are the major themes of the story?
- What allegories might the story represent? Might it have passed for dissident literature in the Soviet Union? Why might it be suspect in any dictatorship?
- Guang is clearly the most emotionally affected by imprisonment. What might account for the narrator’s relative stoicism?
- Why have the intelligence agencies above ground come to a stand-off with the descendants of the space aliens underground? Do they have a particular reason or do they fear a vague threat?
In Jason C. Ford’s “A Path Into the Raging Water”:
- The second stanza can be read as being exceedingly humorous, for at least two reasons. What are they? Hint: What costume prop was commonly used in ancient Greek comedy? Do you think the effect is intentional or inadvertent?
- What grammatical correction might be made in the third stanza?
In Rick Deitrick’s “The Cold Call”:
- Ms. Bleck’s and Mr. Wilson’s blatant cynicism may seem refreshing up to a point. Why? At what point does it become repetitious?
- Is there any way to rearrange the conversation and make it end by having Mr. Wilson ask Ms. Bleck for a date? What might their life as a couple be like?
In Yuliya Klochan’s “World on Fire”:
- In this version of the Prometheus myth, why did Prometheus give humanity fire the first time? Why the second time, on “another planet”?
- What indicates that “fire” is not to be taken literally? What might it refer to figuratively?
In Neil Armstrong’s “The Golden Tears”:
- What double meaning might the title have?
- The exchange between the bishop and Lloyd appears to serve an allegorical purpose, but how does it relate to the story of Jacob and Elizabeth?
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