It was too late to turn back -- for all of them. Three weary explorers stared out the porthole as the spacecraft A Shot in the Dark hurtled toward Comet 266P/Christensen. "Collision course set," announced Michelson as the main rocket engine died. "That's the last of our fuel." Dr. Grigori stared out at the stars. … Continue reading 6EQU–
Winter. Frozen earth crunches beneath my boots. My breath lingers in front of my face. And the wind is bitter cold. Bare branches reach heavenward in prayer to the blanket of clouds that promises a blessing of snow. The faintest strip of grass demarks the roadway from the woods, yet the road leads me on. … Continue reading Lonely Pilgrim, Long Road
From the day of her debutante ball, there was war in the hillsides of Darlington county. The battlefield was upper crust bachelordom; the prize, Estella. Even when we were children, I knew she was special. With her Gram's name, her mama's land, and her daddy's fortune, the man to claim her heart would rule the … Continue reading Starfall
Little girls become young women... Little kittens become fat old cats... It was the way of the world: predictable as the sunrise, everlasting as words carved in stone, unavoidable as bullets from a gun.
There he stands, by the preacher, oceanside. Immaculate tuxedo and perfect blond hair glowing with sunlight. White dress. White gloves. Lanolin smooth skin. Her cherry lips quiver. Today they would tie the knot on the shores of this island paradise. My revenge on her will be black as its sands, treacherous as its tides. How … Continue reading Never the Bride
“I’ve cheated death!” As the negentropic field faded, Darien surveyed the lava tube. His eyes widened. How long? “Nadine?!” It was far too late. A magma flow had crashed through the wall untold ages ago, crushing her negentropy field. Even her bones had long since turned to dust. Thousands of years? Millions? The Pu-224 power … Continue reading Against the Undertow of Deep Time
Titan was one of the safest worlds, yet occasionally the metal-bodied Progeny swooped down from the smog-covered skies, kidnapping humans, hurtling them across the cosmos in translucent vessels for reasons unknown.
Swords drawn, armor polished, we face off across the manicured lawn. Two sovereigns who each would rule the world. Today that quest will end for one of us. From a ragtag band of savages, I built an empire. Armed with a machete, i hewed paths through dense jungles. I turned game trails through mythic woodland … Continue reading Two Old Top Dogs of War
"Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess who met a handsome prince." For Suzie, visiting Gramma's house is a special treat. Gramma never travels: Daddy says she's been shut-in since the Reagan administration. But she and Suzie always have a smile for each other. "One moonlit night, as spring lingered in the air, … Continue reading Forever After