The Medical Model

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The Medical Model is a story written by Koiwa Shishiko. It ran in Issue 54 at, and is mirrored at


From "A sort of cyborg is electrocuted, which destroys his hearing implants, and he has to learn to communicate in new ways. It was an interesting look at deafness, and communication. It also felt like the story was chapters 1 and 2 of a longer novel, so maybe some day…"

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  • "some pretty fabulous world-building. Our hero, August, has been enhanced with implants to improve his vision and hearing. When a targeted hit removes these advantages, he is left trying to learn to communicate with the world with limited means. I kind of fell in love with the spy adventure sounding parts of the story more than the romance, to be honest. I would buy any book that featured August out with his super cool eyes hunting bad guys and going on adventures. I don't even need him to have gay sex or anything! He could just go be a super cool, enhanced James Bond and I would buy the hell out of that book. It was this part of the story that really stuck with me. God! He could tap into cameras all around him. Nothing about that isn't awesome. Swoon!"