Explain the title of this Challenge.
In Richard Ong’s “Coronal Mass Ejection”: What might be the consequences of a CME viewed head-on rather than in profile?
In Visalakshi Viswanathan’s “Somewhere in Gundaroo”:
- What is the easiest way for the reader to ascertain that the Australian idiom is authentic?
- According to the poem, what might be the effects of genetically modified organisms, particularly food?
In O. D. Hegre’s “The Guardian”:
- Would the story change significantly if Ramón did not find the rubies on the table in the colonel’s room?
- Many gemstones have a more or less traditional symbolism associated with them. What symbolism is associated with rubies?
- Ramón thinks of having the rubies made into a necklace for his wife. Would that bring good or bad luck?
In João Ventura’s, “RTFM”:
- What is Steve’s tragic flaw?
- Does Aunt Bessie’s book indicate that Steve’s fate might be the same or different if he engaged in unprotected time travel again?
- How does Steve feel about Aunt Bessie? How would you write a sequel? What if Steve repeated the experiment? What if Aunt Bessie came back?
In Charles C. Cole’s “Silverfish”:
- What might be the significance of the title?
- How are Lane and Audra depicted by their conflicts? Do they agree on anything?
- How does Audra seem to feel about Logan and his mother?
- Why might Logan find Audra’s “PTSD” story plausible?
In Rudy Ravindra’s “The Ambitious Girl”:
- What are the time and place of the setting of the story?
- Stella does not have an Indian name. Why might that be?
- Stella is ambitious, but what kind of “girl” is she: scheming or honest?
- Vanita has only a brief, walk-on part. What is her function in the story?
- What is the function of the sex scenes in the story?
- How might Mr. & Mrs. Kaul’s increasing fondness for Stella have been depicted?
- In what way are Satish and Stella prisoners of their own preconceptions? Do they ever consider marriage?
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