Spoiler I agree with Big Soft Moose that we could take this to another thread, but OTOH, this is why I am putting my comments behind spoilers; and it is stipulated, at the start of the the voting thread, that discussion of stories might take place inside the voting thread itself, so that people should avoid spoilers if they do not wish to be biased or to have endings revealed before they read the stories. I can only say that you have not shown why any of the story in question should amount to 2 plus 2 equaling 3. You are simply asserting this, without any explanation for your objections beyond nitpicking, or beyond declaring unequivocally that is unprecedented for what the story describes, to have happened. Yet I gave you a link to a book that describes, in multiple cases, the very thing happening, which you declare to be unprecedented. And you have never once acknowledged your demonstrated error in this regard. I don't really see the need to take this to a new thread, though others can if they want. I think I've said my piece. If you can't even acknowledge that you were wrong in your "unprecedented" declaration, I'm not sure what there is to talk about. As to being very analytical, fiction writing is not about analytic philosophy, realism, or even logic. It CAN be about those things, but it need not be. Were it so, then we can dismiss a vast canon of literature, including Gogol, Kafka, Marquez, and the late Toni Morrison, among many others.