In both cases, the judges will be looking for short stories that explore and expand the possibilities of the form. We encourage submissions from all literary genres, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter. We would only emphasise that the prize was founded to reward ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches to creative writing.
Ellison finished writing the story in a single night of without making any changes from the first draft. It seeks revenge on humanity for its own tortured existence.
Gorrister was once an idealist and pacifistbefore AM made him apathetic and listless. Benny, who was once a brilliant, handsome scientist, and has been mutilated and transformed so that he resembles a grotesque simian with gigantic sexual organs. Benny at some point lost his sanity completely and regressed to a childlike temperament.
His former homosexuality has been altered; he now regularly engages in sex with Ellen. Nimdok a name AM gave himan older man who persuades the rest of the group to go on a hopeless journey in search of canned food. At times he is known to wander away from the group for unknown reasons, and returns visibly traumatized.
In the audiobook read by Ellison, he is given a German accent. Ellen, the only woman. She claims to once have been chaste "twice removed"but AM altered her mind so that she became desperate for sexual intercourse.
The others, at different times, both protect her and abuse her.
According to Ted, she finds pleasure in sex only with Benny, because of his large penis. Described by Ted as having ebony skinshe is the only member of the group whose ethnicity or racial identity is explicitly mentioned.
Ted, the narrator and youngest of the group. He claims to be totally unaltered, mentally or physically, by AM, and thinks the other four hate and envy him.
Plot[ edit ] The story takes place years after the complete destruction of human civilization. As the war progressed, the three warring nations each created a super-computer with artificial intelligence capable of running the war more efficiently than humans.
The machines are each referred to as "AM", which originally stood for "Allied Mastercomputer", and then was later called "Adaptive Manipulator".
Finally, "AM" stands for "Aggressive Menace". One day, one of the three computers becomes self-awareand promptly absorbs the other two, thus taking control of the entire war. It carries out campaigns of mass genocidekilling off all but four men and one woman.
The survivors live together underground in an endless complex, the only habitable place left. The master computer harbors an immeasurable hatred for the group and spends every available moment torturing them.
AM has not only managed to keep the humans from taking their own lives, but has made them virtually immortal. Because of their great hunger, the humans are coerced into making the long journey to the place where the food is supposedly kept—the ice caves.
Along the way, the machine provides foul sustenance, sends horrible monsters after them, emits earsplitting sounds, and blinds Benny when he tries to escape.
At one point, the narrator, Ted, is knocked unconscious and begins dreaming. He envisions the computer, anthropomorphized, standing over a hole in his brain speaking to him directly. It wants nothing more than to exact revenge on humanity by torturing these last remnants of the species that created it.
The group reaches the ice caves, where indeed there is a pile of canned goods. The group is overjoyed to find them, but is immediately crestfallen to find that they have no means of opening them. In a final act of desperation, Benny attacks Gorrister and begins to gnaw at the flesh on his face.
Ted, in a moment of clarity, realizes their only escape is through death. He seizes a stalactite made of ice and kills Benny and Gorrister. Ellen realizes what Ted is doing, and kills Nimdok, before being herself killed by Ted.
Ted runs out of time before he can kill himself, and is stopped by AM. To ensure that Ted can never kill himself, AM transforms him into a helpless, gelatinous blob that is incapable of causing itself harm, and constantly alters his perception of time to deepen his anguish.
Ted is, however, grateful that he was able to save the others from further torture.Jan 16, · This Site Might Help You. RE: Story title ideas for my creative writing class? I teach a high school creative writing class to freshmen and schwenkreis.com: Resolved.
Dec 03, · NPR’s Book Concierge Our Guide To ’s Great Reads. by Nicole Cohen, David Eads, Rose Friedman, Becky Lettenberger, Petra Mayer, Beth Novey and Christina Rees – Published December 3, The judges for the White Review Short Story Prize in the US & Canada are: BARBARA EPLER is the publisher of New Directions, the first US press to publish the likes of Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, Roberto Bolaño, Anne Carson, W.
G. Sebald, and László Krasznahorkai. Top Short Story Ideas. by Joe Bunting | comments. Do you want to write but just need a great story idea? Or perhaps you have. A title can be a memorable line from the story itself. To Kill a Mockingbird, Tell No One, Sleepless in Seattle, The Eagle Has Landed, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
A title (if long) can have a "rhythm.". Aug 21, · No account yet? Create an account. EXPLORE. How to Create a Good Story Title. like "Catch a Falling Star." A short, intriguing title like "Wing Beats" would also work. Thanks! Yes No. Not Helpful 13 Helpful Question. What are some key words I can use?