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Jan 26Liked by Clancy Steadwell

The ideas of him giving gift baskets was so weird, and so right. What an ass. Many people will be horrified at what happened to him, but he will not be missed. Come to think of it there is one man I would love to see with an exploding head. He, too, would not be missed. But that's a different story. Nice work, Clancy.

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Loved this! Imagined Jimmy Fallon the whole time. Loved the gift basket as a shitty attempt to fill the void felt after being thrown out

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Damn, loved this one! I saw your note the other day that mentioned your next piece would be in the sci-fi vein and I was curious as to how that would come out. I'm admittedly not much of a sci-fi guy, but this pulled me right in, and the pay off was glorious. The concept of the talk show is such a weird modern take on what human interaction is, and I just love how you pulled this all together.

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Came back to reread this. Enjoyed it even more!

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After the unveiling at the end, I immediately went back to the beginning. It was then that nimbleness of the writing knocked my socks off. Somewhere in here you commented that only the beginning and end were sci-fi; after I considered that fact, I marveled even more. This piece double crosses the reader with a triple twist. By the time of the explosion the reader really doesn’t mind so much that this guy gets his due. The first two twists, the gift basket is a twister, the exploding alien is the second, and then the third is the return to the beginning like a cat chasing its tail. That second pass through the third twist makes the ice cubes in the spine and the chrome sky super salient. Beautifully done!

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Excellent short story. Well crafted, and weird in all the right ways. When he sniffs her fingers - LOL.

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"hoping someday he would be someone worthy of abduction"...

There's a wild (and shamefully relatable) vibe!

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Jan 26Liked by Clancy Steadwell

This made my butthole pucker.

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Loved this, and having just seen Colbert on the Late Show yesterday, it now makes me wonder who was really pulling the levers. Your character development is always really quick and solid. The surprise at the end was out of this world.

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