Security Measures: Stories
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<italic>Security Measures</italic> is a collection of seven short stories that investigate need, as well as the responses by characters to that need. In some instances, the response is straightforward, as in the story of a small boy at a loss for friends who summons one in the form of Transformer robot Optimus Prime. In others, the cause and effect are less tidy: A young woman reeling over the demise of her marriage endeavors to exercise control over a home that's not hers, while a grandson whose guardian suffers a slip in mental acuity invents zombies to explain the sudden strange behavior. Whether real or hoped for, physical or abstract, how well each responsive yield comes to serve its character depends on how it's explored in relation to other characters and infringing conditions.