To my mortification, that very day, a link to one of my own blog posts popped up in my Facebook and Twitter feeds featuring this character from Yetfurther, one of my Sci-fi novels, and including the caption underneath.
So in my own defense, I just want to mention that Yetfurther is not a story about hate and violence. It is about humanity, about being human, about creating communities.
There are people in the story who seek power through violence and cruelty. Liam is not one of them. He is a clone, built and programmed as a soldier, devoid of any sense of right or wrong or even the ability to conceive those judgments, but the woman who takes him out of his programmed life sees the humanity in him and finds a way to restore his free will.
Liam's story is about becoming a protector and learning how to protect the people he loves--not without violence when violence is turned against them, but without killing if he can possibly avoid it, especially killing in anger or out of blind hatred.
The story is about what I tend to write about--loving the alien, ceasing to be alien yourself as your circle expands.
So forgive poor Liam for his programming. He grows out of it and becomes greater that his designers intended. How about we see if we can follow his example.