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Nicholas Stillman (stillmanscifi.com) writes science fiction with medical themes. His work has appeared in The Colored Lens, Helios Quarterly Magazine, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Not One of Us, Silver Blade Magazine, and the Wavelengths anthology.
For this particular story, I wanted to explore the dangers of people emulating aliens long before contact. The global population might be as impressionable as an individual.