Author Archives: Kat Zhang

Contacts: 1-10

Contact: 1 Time: 2:00AM I can hear it. Its breaths are infrequent, maybe one every three minutes. They sound a little like rusty door hinges, or like a very, very quiet bullfrog croak. I have sat and listened, taking careful notes of length and quality of sound, for nearly half an hour. I must make […] Continue reading

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5 1st Lines I Wish Were in Books

1. Jeff’s head came off easily, smoothly, just as they’d promised. He cradled it in his hands a moment, then set it gently down on the table. From there, he stared critically at the rest of his body. 2. Christmas morning brought with it, as it always did now, a fine dusting of white powder […] Continue reading

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Dear 8-Year-Old Kat

Dear eight-year-old Kat, No— No— No, wait, really— Okay, really, let me talk a minute. Yes, this is from the future. Yes, really. Really, really. What, you don’t believe me? Kid, you talk to trees. Give me a break. Yes, thirteen years later, you will still remember the time you mediated an argument between a […] Continue reading

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The “Selfish” Gene

Genetically engineering one’s kid to be altruistic would be, in my opinion, a terrible idea. Altruism is “the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.” I would like my kid to be kind, sure. But like any parent, I imagine I’d want my child to have the best […] Continue reading

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Designer Babies Are All the Rage

(yes, this is for B3. I just posted early!) A/N: Mild spoilers for “Gattaca” below! I went into Gattaca knowing absolutely nothing about the movie other than the fact that it starred Jude Law and Uma Thurman (if one is going to star in a futuristic Sci-Fi movie, what better name than “Uma Thurman,” am […] Continue reading

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Death & the Not Knowing

When I was about nine years old, I was struck with the sudden understanding of my own mortality. I’m not entirely sure why at this age—nothing big happened; no one close to me passed away. But there I was, nine years old and suddenly terrified of dying. “It’s not that I’m scared of dying,” I […] Continue reading

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Asimov is Not Just a Dog

I’m rather embarrassed to say that I first learned who Isaac Asimov was when a writer friend of mine told me about her dog. “His name is Asimov,” she said with the air of someone sharing a joke or revealing an amusing sort of secret. The name “Asimov” was familiar, certainly, but I really had […] Continue reading

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