by T. Lucas Earle
Monkey Talk is loosely based on the Chinese myth, the Monkey King, a timeless story about who belongs, and who doesn’t. In a future in which Chimps can give lectures on cybernetics, Mr. Towry is a Chimp with an attitude. Unfortunately, the rules are still “No shirt, no shoes, no service.”
With a title like Monkey Talk, one might think that this story will be humorous in nature. This is not the case in this instance. Mr. Earle has written a short story that is quite thought-provoking. In a world where racism, prejudice and discrimination should not even be an issue this day and age, the author has taken us on a journey into the future and introduces us to Mr. Towry, a scientifically enhanced chimpanzee. Mr. Towry gives lectures around the world and is smart as a whip, but no one takes him seriously though, because well....he's an ape. In a short span of 15 pages, I instantly felt for Mr. Towry and his struggles, not only with society, but his health. This well written short story will be one that stays with me for some time and one that I would highly recommend.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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T. Lucas Earle is a writer, filmmaker, and amateur statistician He lives in LA, a comfortable 60 meters above sea level, where only three out of every 100,000 people are murdered.
T. Lucas has a degree from Emerson College, which makes for a terrific placemat. He spends his days reading scripts - a job for which he receives nominal remuneration. Like many slightly brain-damaged children of hypoxic former left-wing political cult members of the 1970s , he will review almost anything. I once caught him writing a review for a Hamilton Beach toaster oven instruction manual.
When T. Lucas is not reading and groaning quietly to himself, he writes and groans much louder. He has written several short stories, a screenplay or two, and is working up the courage to write a note to the fetching young lady who works at the Starbucks on Glendale Ave. He's been published in Electric Spec, The Colored Lens, and on Amazon, where you can find his short stories.
T. Lucas also writes numerous blogs filled with hidden SOS messages, in the hopes that one day someone will find him and rescue him from the Internet.