Laser Babies


Fiction - Short Story/Novela
11 Pages
Reviewed on 08/19/2013
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Author Biography

Preston Randall was born in Philadelphia but moved to Canada at an early age and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia. After graduating with a B.Sc. in Biology he pursued an administrative career spanning thirty years, seven of which were spent in the Caribbean. Although always interested in creative writing, it wasn't until after returning to Canada in 2007 that he began to write short stories.

In 2011 Preston joined an online writing community at BookRix.com, and has since received awards in 3 writing competitions including 1st place in a Journalism Writing Challenge, 3rd in an open fiction contest, and 1st again for Flash Fiction (Drabbles). Although known for his humorous characters and descriptions, many of Preston's stories include veiled and not-so-veiled messages regarding serious issues of the day.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite

Laser Babies by Preston Randall offers a look at cosmetic surgery many years from now. One particular advancement mentioned was the Laser Babies where babies will be scanned from head to toe to find any imperfections so some improvements can be done. Of course, there are organizations that are against this procedure like the PETI or The People for the Ethical Treatment of Infants. Because there are advancements, there will also be groups that will be against it.

When I was reading Laser Babies, I thought it sounded like newborn screening but instead of cystic fibrosis or hearing loss or congenital heart defects and other conditions, this scanning will find imperfections that can be treated by cosmetic surgery. Though it was mentioned that imperfections inside and out will be detected, this is like a very high tech newborn screening. It was so absurd that it was fascinating. When talking about the future, some people will think of computers and robots but Preston Randall is a unique writer for thinking of Laser Babies.

My favorite part was the presentation about the babies, with the alternating voice-over describing what is happening in the video. It was like seeing it in my mind’s eye. I also liked the ending, because even in the future, things like that may still happen. The Uranium Bites cereal is original. So to summarize, this short story is really interesting even if it was a little disturbing.