Spotlight: “Survivors” by Aubrey Hirsch


A friend sent me an article about a group of scientists who were trying to clone a neanderthal embryo, imagining it would make a good story. I took several stabs at writing it over the next few years, but not until I tried it as a graphic narrative did I really find the heart of the story.


Aubrey Hirsch is the author of a short story collection, Why We Never Talk About Sugar, and a flash fiction chapbook, This Will Be His Legacy. Her stories, essays, and comics have appeared in The Nib, Black Warrior Review, American Short Fiction, The Florida Review, the New York Times, and elsewhere. You can find links to more of her work on her website and follow her on Twitter: @aubreyhirsch. More from this author →