The Terror of Eversmile Lane

After a long day of spewing hate and fear onto the syndicated airwaves of American broadcast radio, Rush Limbaugh felt hungry. Usually his post-show…


Why to Wet a Bed

"Daddy, I wet the bed again." I was annoyed. She was far too old to still be doing this, and it was not even the first time it had happened this…


Avoiding Heaven

He stared at the back of her head, fearing to look left or right, but also living with the realization that this was the only contact that was…


The Rollback

The kid lay on a park bench holding his face. One eye was swelling; it was a golf ball and would be a tennis ball in a few minutes. He had an hour to…


Shattered

Power me up Scotty I’ve ratcheted my girdle and I’m ready to rock and roll. The robot is feisty tonight. I like that. I plug her in and attach her…


Mine All Mine

"Hi, Beth," Doctor Bryant said, greeting her with a smile and holding the door open. "Rick is here already. He ushered her into his rather cramped…


In Africa

“God, Karl Ivanovich, there is absolutely no way you could do this!” “And yet, weren’t it for me, we probably wouldn’t have this colony today.” “Tell…


Standard-Bearer, Part 2

VIII. The young soldier learned the art of war easily. Camouflage and high shoes were his; once upon a time, his father and brother gave them to…


Dog Days

The heatwave had drawn the two women together again. Had it not been for the heat, would Flora have called Eve? Flora could not be sure. No words had…


Black Stains, Part 1

I. Sunrise. A knock came at Nick Braxten's door. "Sweetie, I'm going to bed now. Can you get the trash when you get up?" "Yeah, Mom." "Thank you."…