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Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)

Department or Program Affiliation


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Trueblood, Kathryn R., 1960-

Second Advisor

Westoff, Kami Dawn-Marie

Third Advisor

Dietrich, Dawn Y., 1960-


JAM is a sentient building located in the mountains of a near-future Colorado. It has hundreds of hidden cameras, five discrete floors, and a fear of abandonment.

In this, its second iteration, JAM is supposed to function as a school for humans who have developed superpowers. These new and misunderstood powers range from heightened physical abilities to emotional projection to the manipulation of matter. JAM is meant to observe, record, and care for these humans, keeping them safe while monitoring their progress.

Noah and Yesenia are the dangerous and inept teachers of this new school. They are the first to arrive, with a single young student in tow. In less than a week, Yesenia finds herself in an altercation with the student that escalates until, somewhat accidentally, she kills him.

Soon, more students arrive. They, like the first, are traumatized and uncertain, with little understanding of their own powers. Noah institutes a ten-day period of silent meditation, seeking to gain control over the situation. At the end of the silence, Noah interviews each student in turn.




Machine Intelligence, Superpowers, Magic, Consciousness, Speculative


Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Imagenary places; Friendship--Fiction; Fantasy literature; Artificial ingelligence--Fiction




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