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