Check That Ghost’s Passport
In B. Z. Niditch’s “Beginning the Day,” what does the allusion to Stavrogin imply?
In Robert Quinlivan’s “A Moment of Silence”:
- Is Steve a werewolf or does he simply have emotional problems?
- In his actions, is Steve guilty of anything more than misanthropy and bad taste?
In Michael Siciliano’s “Inalienable Right”:
- Why does Naresh sympathize with Amanda?
- Amanda’s rationale for killing in self-defense is logical but limited. Is the AI any better than its human “masters”?
- Naresh thinks of Amanda as a child. He may be right, in the sense that children are perfectly logical beings but haven’t a grain of common sense. In what way can one say that Amanda knows everything but understands little or nothing?
In Emiily Weston’s “Daddy’s Unexpected Visit”:
- Does Dorie think the apparition is a ghost? Does she know what a ghost is supposed to be? Why does she accept the apparition as real?
- Does “Daddy” act like a ghost? Is there any reason to surmise that Dorie’s mother has been lying and that Daddy is not really dead? What else might have happened?
- Reconstruct the scene at the window as a delusion: what does Dorie really witness?
- Ghost or not, why does “Daddy” abandon Dorie?
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