Author: S. Zanne
Publisher: Inkstained Succubus Press
Pages/Word Count: 67 Pages
At a Glance: The next time you’re in the mood for a short story that offers a little something outside the norm, something a bit different, I’d recommend giving this one a go.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: The world of genetic experimentation is highly regulated. Mikkel’s beautiful creations are as illegal as they are magnificent, and none so miraculous as Icarus, his perfect lover and companion. But love and good intent may not be enough to protect their little enclave. A new child may just tip the scales…and place Icarus and his Master at risk.
Review: When da Vinci sketched Vitruvian Man, it was meant to depict the artist’s vision of the perfectly formed male, a blend of artistry and anatomy. 1KRV5, known in this story as Icarus, is author S. Zanne’s blend of mythology and art set in a sort of cyberpunk alternate universe, where human tissue is harvested illegally to create a new species. Icarus is Mikkel’s greatest creation, beauty in both form and feature, an earthbound angel—wings and all.
Reading this short and haunting story, one can’t help but make comparisons to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus. There are similar moral questions involved, those that examine mere mortals playing gods in the creation of life; though, unlike Victor Frankenstein, Mikkel is not the human monster who plays his version of God and then abandons his creation. Rather, harkening to another character in mythology, we see a Pygmalion-esque relationship formed between Mikkel and Icarus, in that Mikkel has fallen deeply in love with the life that sprang from his experimentation.
1KRV5 is bleak in both tone and storyline, but at the same time there is a poetry to its telling. There is love, there is the frailty of human life paired with the beauty of the artificial life form, and there is a bitter irony, the mockery of a man given wings but not the ability to fly. Icarus is the caged bird who longs to take to the sky but must remain locked away, admired, even worshiped, by his Master, but still a possession in the end. And, when Mikkel’s hubris catches up with him in the form of a dysfunctional child he created, we are left at the end to wonder if we’ve witnessed a tragedy or merely an inevitable outcome of his arrogance.
1KRV5 is a different sort of love story, not romantic in content yet there is a romanticism among its darker elements. The next time you’re in the mood for a short story that offers a little something outside the norm, something a bit different, I’d recommend giving this one a go.
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