A short story, about 3600 words.
Richard was attacked as a young boy and has kept it a secret for decades... even from himself. When he has the chance to confront his attacker before the attack, it will change both of their lives forever.Warning: may contain triggers for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. NO explicit description of abuse.
Dan Tippdale is a human among aliens on an unfamiliar world. A bar fight lands him in jail – and he shot first. The charge might not be murder, but that might not matter – from the looks of things, he might not live to stand trial. And then there's the matter of his lawyer, who has something big in common with the alien Dan shot...
Everything Is So Different Now
This collection contains stories and heroes dealing with big changes. From the end of the world to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, it's all about the struggle to transcend... or merely to survive.
William, a Chicago suburbanite living in the not-so-far future, suddenly finds himself dead. When he recovers, Chicago is gone, leaving only open prairie and an alien offering him a baby wipe to clean his face.This would be hard enough for…
Not The Droids
As Austin ages, society increasingly frowns on direct human interaction in favor of telepresence androids. When his unfashionably in-person wife dies and his family moves on, will he be alone forever?
Imagine life as a young man in a run-down neighborhood in a big city. There are few jobs to be had outside of crime and the future is bleak. Until, that is, a job opens up unexpectedly... but it's not on Earth and the boss isn't human. In…
Home On LaGrange
"I am Jorganhar 22bAR37m. I am lean and healthy. Welcome to LaGrange Market L-5 McLearen's World, how may I satisfy you today?"
A short story, about 1500 words.Rudy has the honor of being one of the first permanent human colonists on Mars. Sonya plans to follow him in a year so they can be among the first to be married on the Red Planet... but Rudy's brother Aaron has…
ADULT CONTENT: frequent references to male genitalia. Adult imagery. NOT erotica, NO sexual content.Male Mary is the story of a woman in the near future who uses a prescription drug to grow male genitalia for an upcoming date. The medication is safe…
The day Dan and Katrina begin their honeymoon cruise, the Sun begins to inexplicably dim. Soon, they will discover why...
Isolation And Other Stories
Isolation is a collection of stories --- two novellas, a novelette, and two short stories --- that relate to the isolation that we all feel from our fellow beings on occasion, and the belonging that we all seek.The stories:Isolation:When…
Only Thirty Cents A Day
When Frederick Bolling encounters a garishly-dressed fast-talking weirdo in a parking garage, it's pretty routine -- just another day in New York City. But when he returns, he discovers that his car has been stolen and replaced with an exact…
My Name Is Gerald
Gerald is a lonely man, a shut-in who spends his time dreaming and watching the skies over his rural Nebraska hometown on the eve of the quincentennial. What he observes in those skies may lead him to find his own freedom... or into a new…
Sexually Transmitted Intelligence
On a world of friendly aliens, Richard discovers that all of them are dying young as the result of an unsuspected sexually transmitted disease... and how to cure it. Soon, it will become a race to cure the cure before it destroys everything.
A short story, about 3200 words.Young Becky shares a home with a preoccupied father, a mentally ill mother, and an awful secret... something... that speaks to her from under the basement stairs. To reveal that secret and put it to rest will demand…
A short story, about 3500 words.Donte is a veteran and a colonist on a struggling new world under a hot young flare star. For most of the colonists, the struggle is in coaxing crops out of the alien soil and avoiding the radiation of the…
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