Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - English



First Advisor

John McDermott

Second Advisor

Ericka Hoagland

Third Advisor

Jason McIntosh

Fourth Advisor

Rebecca Davis


Shrap[no]babble, a creative thesis collection of short stories, is a portmanteau of "shrapnel" and "technobabble," reflecting the author's military roots and desire to infuse the work with a sense of kinetic unpredictability. This collection features nine short stories and one novella, predominantly exploring the sub-genres of science fiction and magic realism, while also delving into hope-punk, urban fantasy, and post-apocalyptic fiction. Character-driven narratives are at the heart of these tales, which are crafted with lyrical, literary prose to create an engaging reading experience. By experimenting with various speculative fiction genres and narrative styles, Shrap[no]babble aims to expand the boundaries of conventional storytelling and contribute to contemporary speculative fiction.

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