All ETDs from UAB

Advisory Committee Chair

James Braziel

Advisory Committee Members

Kerry Madden

Daniel Siegel

Gale Temple

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences


The Cut is a novella centered on Kyle Gordon. He works as a Cutter for a government program that has been tasked with weighing one citizen against another. The dangerous rise in global temperature has unleashed a pandemic that seems unstoppable. In an attempt to preserve civilization people like Gordon are deciding who is worth saving and who isn't. Those that pass the Cut are then taken into orbit where they will stay safely out of reach from the catastrophes on Earth. Gordon's task becomes even more difficult when he realizes that one of the citizens he failed was actually a connection to his past.