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Bewildering Stories

Bewildering Stories welcomes...

Hayley Reese Chow

Hayley works days as an engineer, a U.S. Air Force reservist, and a mother of two young boys. She says she’s spent a long time in school to “learn about numbers” but has a secret passion for words, which she indulges in the stillness of the night. And as we shall see, her words make sense.

Wild Demand” is set in a college town where the college specializes in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). As is well known, women are late-comers to those professions, through no fault of their own.

The story depicts what happens in professions and societies where gender imbalance gets out of hand: tensions arise. Systematize it, as with polygamy, and civil wars become endemic, and they can spread. The story concludes with a warning against bioengineered sex selection: what would dark-age tribal wars look like on a national and continental scale in today’s world? A story from our early years, A. R. Yngve’s “The Sins of Our Fathers,” finds an echo.

Hayley Reese Chow’s bio sketch can be found here.

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

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