Short story: “Are We Not Men?”

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“Are We Not Men?”, by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Appeared in the November 7th, 2016 issue of the New Yorker, read by the author in The Writer’s Voice

7,010 words, which is not enough or possibly too many

I settled into this story with the welcome feeling that I might be listening to Escape Pod or Lightspeed—playful worldbuilding and straightforward, emotionally accessible storytelling. But “Are We Not Men?” ends right when I’m expecting it to get started. The ending is presumably supposed to be a revelation of sorts: in a few small ways, wild nature kicks back against controlled technology. It’s a trite dichotomy, and the story doesn’t develop much tension between the two.

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