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Megan Mayhew Bergman’s “The Artificial Heart” is quite different from the other stories in Bergman’s collection commonly do. Instead of using a contemporary setting, this story is set in the future and focuses on apocalyptic events that a woman is witnessing as she also watches her father deteriorate. This focus on the relationship between the father and daughter is also unusual since most of the collection examines mother-daughter relationships. I personally enjoy science fiction tales and applaud Bergman on her successful transitions between present and past. As an amateur writer, I often struggle with such transitions. I hope to use this story as a template in my upcoming fantastic fiction class as I am sure there will be one assignment concerning a futuristic element. There is so much a writer can learn through observation, and this particular story has provoked my interest.

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