On the Imbalance Beam
In Elous Telma‘s “Retreat and Ponder,” Frank does not see the “humanoid” figure as threatening. Why is J-Cap wary of Frank’s vision?
In Jude Conlee’s “Steps 1 to 10,” does the essay overstep Bewildering Stories’ guideline about stories or essays that end with “but it was all a dream” or the equivalent?
In Patrick Doerksen’s The Monarch’s Madness”:
- Why might “apothecaries” be a better choice of word than “pharmacies”?
- Elyon says, “I was like you, long ago.” What does she mean?
In Bill McCormick’s “Fourteen Frogs”:
- Why has the football game begun so unusually early?
- How many cultural references are liable to baffle readers in the U.S.A., let alone those in other countries?
- “Politics in a novel is like a gunshot in a concert” — Stendhal. Is that the case in this story?
- Science fiction or fantasy stories based on magically maintaining a “balance” of some sort are not exactly common, but they do exist. Can you cite any others?
In Charles C. Cole’s “Equivocation”:
- Is the conclusion “listen to your heart” itself an equivocation? Why might it be the best answer to the old man’s alternatives?
- In what way is the lady’s answer, “No,” equivocal? How does it put an end to an even larger equivocation?
- Must the lady answer “No” only for the reasons stated by the old man? Might she have a reason of her own?
- What if the lady had not fallen: do you think her answer to the old man’s question would have been any different?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?