I shared many a campfire with Ed McKean, as did my sons. He told funny – if predictable! – stories for all the kids around the circle of firelight. His stories inspired me to write “Pull My Finger”, included in this anthology. Here’s the link:
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My story “Hell’s Angel” is in this most interesting volume of satire.
Endgame is the final installment of the Alternative Truths series. In it, you will discover stories of what might be, or not be, all envisioned as possible outcomes of the disastrous 2016 election. Stories of justice, redemption, failure, and laughter. How will this national nightmare of endless tweets and divisive policies, all bent on destroying the very fabric of our democracy, end? Will it find resolution under the rule of law, a flash of nuclear fire, or with the slow methodic collapse of democracy. I don’t know but some of the finest minds in science fiction have taken a crack at it and these are their stories, their visions, and their fears.
“I love the varied voices in these anthologies. End Games really brings home the multitude of opinions and observations in an entertaining and insightful manner. While all the stories are worth your time, I really appreciated those by Louise Marley and K. G. Anderson. B Cubed Press knocks another one out of the park.”
“The book is thoughtful and the pieces curated for their writer’s attention to their craft, but also the poignancy of their themes. Each story, while occasionally, very dark, points to how and where we have gone and perhaps how to course correct. The third in the Alternative Truths series, which shows no indication of losing either steam or focus.”
The book made me laugh out loud. Jim Wright has T***p down perfectly. In the “Final Tweet” I found Nathan Ockerman’s vision of the fleeing conspirators beautiful, he truly captured the antics of Mitch McConnel. As always, David Gerrold made me think and KG Andersons vision of 2020 kept me awake last night as I considered the prophetic nature of her visions. All in all a good book. I enjoyed it.
Kzine editor Graeme Hurry included a story of mine in Kzine’s issue #24, just published. “Heart-eater” is a favorite of mine and not just because I spent so much time revising it! As you all know, I spent many years teaching U.S. History. My favorite time of the school year was when we delved into the American West. Kids were fascinated by the mountain men: Jedediah Smith, Hugh Glass, Jim Bridger and especially John Jeremiah Johnson – the liver eater. Robert Redford cleaned up some of Johnson’s adventures and made them into a fine movie. I did the same, only I took him to a frontier in outer space. I’m most interested to see what you folks think of my efforts! It’s an excellent anthology. Here’s the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RZSDPZF/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46135295-kzine-issue-24&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku-20
Music is far more important than we think. I’m always happy to explore this axiom in a story and “Aeolian Variations” is one of my best efforts so far. I am proud to have it in this handsome anthology! Please do take a peek at this excerpt from Aeolian Variations!
In The Air is now available on Kindle. My story Aeolian Variations – a look at future L.A. – is included. It’s one of my better SF stories and the anthology is superior! Here’s the Amazon link:
Here’s a review of Alien Dimensions # 17 just published on Amazon:
“Short but sweet. While there are only seven pieces in this anthology, some of them could easily become classics. My favorite is Tomorrow’s Children by James Armer. His story, told from a robot’s POV, covers the accelerated lifecycle of an alien life form that comes from the sea, builds civilizations, fights until only one survives, and then returns to the sea to start the entire cycle again. Very multi-layered without being preachy. I also loved Mothermind by Robert M. Walton. He doesn’t sugarcoat how war is good for business, but follows the revolution of Mothers who don’t approve of their clone offspring being sold to fight unending wars for big business. Timely and personal. An anthology with some heart and soul. Very enjoyable.” Thomas Howard