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Bewildering Stories welcomes...

Brooke Bartleson

Brooke is originally from New Jersey but is currently studying for a degree in English at the University of Colorado. She says she is happiest when outdoors; she enjoys snowboarding and hiking in the Rockies.

Emmaline and Alander” is based on a well-known but relatively little-used plot device, “eternal return” or “time loop.” The character or characters return to a point in the past where they live part of their lives over again.

Traditionally, the device is used in a subgenre of time travel and illustrates one of two opposing views of free will. For example:

Emmaline and Alander do neither; they simply relive their ill-fated lives over and over again. Readers will wonder about causes: why is Alander attracted to Emmaline? What does Emmaline see in him? What happens to their four children? In the end, readers may wonder if the story isn’t an allegory about a real couple perhaps named Emma and Alan.

Brooke Bartleson’s bio sketch can be found here.

Welcome to Bewildering Stories, Brooke. We hope to hear from you again soon and often!

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