by Hari Manev
surprised by how easily he adjusted to life among
Still, he was
concerned: How long would it take before the
snails exposed him as a fraud?
was not an ordinary snail.
For one thing,
his penis did not show on his head.
hadnt been cut off; there just wasnt
any trace of a penis on Fidelios head.
What was more,
there wasnt any trace of a vagina on his
Fidelio didnt look like a normal
The reason was
simple: Fidelio, a Slugwood slug, had overlooked
the full implications of using a snail house to
disguise his true identity.
neglected to realize that snails and slugs, while
both carried their genitals on the right side of
the head, did so differently.
So as not to
be obstructed by their houses, snail penises and
vaginas were located closer to the top of the
slugs, whose bodies were not hampered by shells,
carried their sex organs further down, almost on
Fidelio hadnt taken this anatomical
difference into consideration when hed
chosen a snail shell.
The house hed
picked was too large for his body, so it covered
his penis and vagina entirelyhence, his
In any other
place, a genitalia-free body would have raised
questionslots of questions.
But not among
the telepathically synchronized Snailwooders.
Fidelio some time to get a handle on the nature
of Web Socialism.
First off, the
Slugwooders could not have constructed such a
synchronized social order because only a few
slugs could telepath.
There could be
no Web Socialism without telepathing: the
permanent sharing of all thoughts by all members
and snails differed significantly in their
opinion of public shaming.
adult slugs opposed that social tool.
Snailwooders believed public shaming was a good
thing; it was at the heart of their synchronized
believed wrong thoughts were irreparable because
wrong deeds could be corrected while wrong
thoughts couldnt be undone.
Snailwooders worst nightmare was to make a
thought blunder and not even be aware of it.
fearful state of mind was known as atyphobia.
in plain gastropod: fear of ones own wrong
It must be
the overreliance on the safety of their shells
that makes them so fearful, Fidelio
thought about his new compatriots.
depended on synchronized public shaming, which
was maintained by the Snailwood telepathic Media.
how it works, Fidelio thought, admitting
that atyphobic Web Socialism was a very safe and
polite form of society.
Snailwooders were superbly nice and polite; they
knew what questions to ask and what not to even
So the thought
that the genitalia-free Fidelio might not be a
snail never crossed the atyphobic minds of the
is the adapted chapter of The Eye, the first book
in the Twitter trilogy The Meaning of Fruth (published
as e-books on Amazon Kindle).