Stephen Measure

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Tolan must rescue his sisters from the shades who slaughtered his family, but he cannot save them without first finding an honorable man upon the mountain.

A story from The Unshut World.

Part of "The Ridge of Earth Collection"


The foolish assumptions of our society are portrayed through a short satire where a gardener takes advice from a garden gnome.

topic: same-sex sexuality

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Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


You awake from a coma to find the world strangely altered yet everyone pretending that nothing has changed. Do you pretend with the rest and try to fit in, or do you stand for reality and face social ostracism?

topics: same-sex sexuality | gender identity | dehumanization

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


When a magical baker recommends you go elsewhere for your same-sex wedding cake, it's best to take her advice.

topic: same-sex sexuality


Pastafarianism, the worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is a fake religion created to mock real religions. It was designed to highlight the unfalsifiable nature of religious beliefs and to ridicule their unprovability.

Except, everyone has a religion, even those who declare themselves atheists/secularists and mock the beliefs of others. They too have religious beliefs, for they too believe in unfalsifiable things, they too believe in unprovable things.

This humorous satire takes the weapons of atheists/secularists and directs those weapons back at their wielders, highlighting the religious belief so many of them have converted to and are now aggressively evangelizing today: gender identity. Remember, religious beliefs are unfalsifiable. They present claims that cannot be proven because they don't allow the possibility for them to be disproven. So ask yourself, according to the rules of gender identity, when a biological male claims to be a woman, how do you prove he is not a woman?

You can't—because gender identity is an unfalsifiable claim. It is a religious belief. And it's time for secular society to start treating it like one. But in the meantime, have a few laughs and enjoy the story.

topic: gender identity


Sherwyn and his brother toil to earn the brideprice Sherwyn needs in order to marry the woman he loves. But the nobles have their hearts set on owning the village, and they have no intention of letting any man remain free.

A story from The Unshut World.

Part of "The Ridge of Earth Collection"


When Abby visits her friend Sheryl, she is surprised to find the town devoid of oxygen and even more surprised to learn the reason.

topic: same-sex sexuality

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The golem was created to defeat the skinheads. But when it is summoned against an innocent preacher, Armando realizes it must be destroyed.

topics: same-sex sexuality | dehumanization

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


It's love at first sight when Melvin sees an attractive protester, a black-and-white keffiyeh wrapped around her neck; and the next moment he finds himself in the midst of the protest, speaking some sort of truth to some sort of power, all thought of gainful employment cast aside in favor of a life of unending agitation against the current moment's outrage. Except … Melvin might not be exactly cut out for this protest stuff.

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A mutated kitten, magical dust, and a machete: What better way to explain how same-sex marriage has beaten common sense in the courtroom.

topic: same-sex sexuality

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


An old parable, full of wisdom, is corrupted by the foolishness of modern-day politics.

topic: forcing heaven on earth

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Mother Nature is taken to court for being heterosexist. But will we be pleased with the imposed remedy?

topic: same-sex sexuality

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


Jeffrey, a BYU graduate student, is sent to deliver a blunt message from BYU to the Northeast Accreditation Commission, where he is introduced to the bizarre world of progressive academia with its fixation about privilege and its perpetual outrage over perceived offenses.

One thing is clear: Everyone has a religion, and those who claim they don't are often among the fiercest of zealots.

topic: same-sex sexuality

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


His first day at a new school, Winston discovers there's something very wrong with his classmates when they attack him for refusing to pretend their mascot is something it is not.

topics: same-sex sexuality | dehumanization

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


The planner zealously maintains absolute equality amongst the citizens under his control. But when a free woman invades his warehouse paradise, he must act decisively before she ruins everything.

"It’s better for all to have none than for some to have more."

topic: forcing heaven on earth

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


Johnny-boy is excited to have his mother finally teach him his colors until he learns he must choose between telling her the truth he sees or the untruth she wants to hear.

topics: same-sex sexuality | gender identity

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As the Statue of Liberty's order passes from judge to judge, it begins to resemble less and less what she originally intended.

topic: same-sex sexuality

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Like many Latter-day Saints in California, Michael and his wife, Kate, are asked to support Proposition 8. Michael has no problem with this request—same-sex marriage makes no sense to him. But after Proposition 8 prevails at the ballot box, same-sex marriage activists explode in anger. They target the list of Proposition 8 donors and ramp up their campaign to demonize all opposition, leaving Michael and Kate to suffer the consequences.

topics: same-sex sexuality | dehumanization

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


Paul has slept with dozens of girls at his high school, but it’s the person he keeps rejecting that gets him in trouble.

topic: gender identity


Gender identity is an unfalsifiable claim. It is an unprovable belief. Someone claims to be a gender and we are just supposed to take their word for it, no proof necessary.

But what if it became provable? What if a machine were invented that could actually show someone's gender identity? Proof, real, actual proof. No more blind faith required.

Except, then the invention is destroyed and the inventor's assistant murdered.

Who would do that? Who would kill to keep gender identity unprovable?

topic: gender identity


Am I the monster you see when you look at me through the lens of your progressive politics?


This satire is short, and it is dark, and it is very, very real. Bigot, racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobe, transphobe—so many different words, so many different ways to say the exact same thing: monster. And what makes us a monster? Because we disagree with you. Because we look at the world differently than you do. Because we believe in different morals than you do. Because of that we aren't just wrong, we are monsters.

But have you ever considered that if everyone who disagrees with you is a monster, perhaps that says nothing about them but quite a lot about you and your perspective of the world. Perhaps it's time for you to take off your ideological helmet and see others for who they truly are: flawed, imperfect human beings just like you, not monsters.

topic: dehumanization


A character inside a writer's mind, Natasha has been waiting patiently to be put into a story, but when she is infected by the writer's growing dementia, she can't wait any longer and has to take matters into her own hands. With the help of Alter-Simon, a discarded draft of one of the writer's characters, she must find her way into a story before the writer's dementia makes her vanish forever.

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A man's memories must deal with his brother's rejection of reality.

topic: gender identity

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


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