Author: Michael J. Wyant Jr. (Amazon/Twitter)
Genre: Science Fiction
Reading time: approx. 10-15 minutes
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I like science fiction. I realize the genre isn't for everyone. But when it is done well, it can elicit a deep reflection on life's greatest questions in ways that other genres can't. You'll find such a reflection in Michael J. Wyant Jr.'s "Perfecting Humanity".
The writing style is captivating, you'll find yourself frantically reading the story because the main character is frantic. The story straps you in tightly, and your curiosity speeds you through the plot. You have to understand what's happening. In a way, it doesn't matter that there are elements of science fiction in the answer. The answer could have been anything and you would have appreciated the journey.
There are a couple of loose ends in the story that I wished I could know more about, like whether there were others like the main character. A writer would often tell you that's the hallmark of a good story, but you expressing a desire to know more, that little seed of dissatisfaction that the story's over -- it means you're hooked and invested.
It's definitely worth a read unless you detest all things sci-fi, and even then you might find yourself enjoying this story.
Note on where to find this story: This story was originally published in Aphotic Realm's Dystopia issue in July 2018. You can order the issue here.
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