Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Embargoed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Stonecoast

First Advisor

Tobias Buckell

Second Advisor

James Patrick Kelly

Third Advisor

Justin Tussing

Abstract

Validation Set is a work of hard science fiction, containing 14 original short stories held together by a 15th, original, frame story which can be read as a stand-alone short story or with the other thirteen stories interleaved in order. Validation Set deals with the theme of grief through the lens of how near or far future technology enables the expression and the processing of grief. The characters in the work experience loss: loss of a family member or a loss of identity. Validation Set additionally focuses on themes of the nature of consciousness, feelings of alienation, and what happens when the best of parental intentions go awry.

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