Jack Neel Waddell’s story “Rooks on Sundays” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 November 2019.
The impetus of this story was Heinlein’s “ ’—All You Zombies—’ ”, although they have little obvious in common. While Heinlein’s masterpiece is a gutwrenching puzzle, it laid bare one element I wanted to meditate upon — how manipulating people isn’t always about the control you have over them, but can be about struggling against the ever-diminishing influence in your environment and even your own mind. That is ever more the case when the person you are manipulating is yourself.
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