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“Short, sharp, and chilling.” —Gareth L. Powell, author of Embers of War, Ragged Alice, and Ack-Ack Mackaque.

“Milo is a worthy contribution to the literature of transhumanism—economical, clever, and unexpectedly powerful.”—Alec Nevala-Lee, author of Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

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Published October 30th 2019 by Radix Media
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Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: futures-sci-fi
A disturbing, inventive glimpse into an imagined future that has implemented "solutions" that appear to help but which banish individuals into a special kind of oblivion where they cannot be understood. I found the corollary to some of the most troubling aspects of our current healthcare system subtle but powerful. "Am I whole?" Milo asks at both the opening and the close of this story. "Am I a real person?" Though they are the same, the questions carry different weight and emotional meaning. Fa ...more
Paul Goat
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pyles’ Milo is an ambitious story, exploring weighty themes like transhumanism, the societal stigma of those with disabilities, and the inane superficiality of our culture. The prose is tight and the conclusion provocative. But the fleeting length of the narrative (only 16 pages) may be doing the story a disservice as some themes, particularly living with a disability, could’ve been examined at a much deeper and more profound level. The questioning nature of the ending, however, will have hardco ...more
Jeremiah Dylan Dylan
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
01001101 01101001 01101100 01101111 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01100111 01101111 01101111 01100100 (Milo is Good). That’s my short review of fellow Seton Hill alumni Alexander Pyles’ excellent chapbook. It was published by Radix Media as part of their Science Fiction Futures Series. The company did a superb job of elevating the traditional chapbook into a more prestigious format. Aside from the stellar layout, the cover and interior art by Nico Roxe is stunningly original. So, what make ...more
Alex Khlopenko
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five stars, but I'm still jealous that it wasn't me who published it.
Sara Tantlinger
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great example of how a short chapbook can pack a punch. Pyles' does an excellent job with framing the narrative from beginning to end, and with using his prose in meaningful ways throughout the entire story. Not a word is wasted. "Milo" is a story that extends past genre -- of course there is science fiction and even a little body horror in its own way, but it is also a story of the human condition. There is a relatable existentialism here that reminded me a little of Doctorow's "Down and Out ...more
Andrew Reising
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Is suffering the greatest evil we can endure? Or is it lack of physical agency? Or lack of mental agency? Or death?

These are the questions that the protagonist struggles with in Milo by Alexander Pyles, part of the Futures series from Radix Media.

Milo has been losing motor function to a genetic disorder slowly over the course of his life. He is tired of trying all the treatments his friend finds, treatments that do nothing. He is tired of living. His friend convinces him to try one more thing: a
Adam Furman
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Great story. Introduces many topics and themes to let the reader draw their own conclusions. The prose style mimics the theme.

I could see this expanded to a novella to show more.

Wonderfully done.
Miles Foley
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A whole lot to love in this short story. Looking forward to more from Alex Pyles!
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pyles constructs a short story that fully embraces a conversation around what it means to be human - more than, less than, or equal to.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent short fiction tackling themes of disability, transhumanism and embodiment.
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Alexander Pyles resides in IL with his wife and children. He holds an MA in Philosophy and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. His short story chapbook titled, "Milo (01001101 01101001 01101100 01101111)," from Radix Media, is due out fall 2019. You can find him at or @Pylesofbooks. ...more

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