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Flash Fiction chosen by Kevlin Henney
One of the joys of flash fiction is the ability to play with a simple conceit and do something both original and off piste that simply couldn’t be sustained over a longer form. This story does just this, starting from the opening ‘Sometimes I lose my mind’ and running with it.
From one point of view this is a story of infertility and artificial children. From another, it arranges metaphors deeply and with surrealism. This is the kind of speculative fiction that is binocular: it is both points of view at once.
This story involves that staple of the writing world, the reading group, but with a wonderful, speculative twist that nudges it in the direction of metafiction, a nudge that retains the ordinariness of the characters and is done with great humour.
This story takes a literal premise and unfolds it into a narrative that is absurd and logical and self-contained. It also carries its narrative in first and second person, which fits perfectly with the absurdity, logic, self-containedness.