PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIn this sequence of three short stories, the author explores the unique human qualities that distinguish men from beasts. Identities never seem to be clear-cut in this futuristic dystopian America in which the remnants of humanity survive in the shadows, hunted down by Frankenstein-collaged creatures know as hybrids. The Forged are born out of advanced genetic and cybernetic experimentation. Their super-human senses and strength allow them to prey upon the tattered remnants of humanity, scavenging the remaining survivors for organic parts to be hewn into new hybrids. Delving through a web of lost memories and humanity, a frigid man with nothing left to lose, an outcast hybrid, and an enigmatic young woman come together to explore what it means to be human at the rawest level, and to discover how bestial men can be when pushed to their limits. Human and animal psyches bleed together until the line between them grows fragile and grey as these characters struggle to find a balance between humanity and their own bestial instincts, all the while discovering what it truly means to be human in a world overrun by technology and war.
Degree ProgramHonors College