CHRIS'S FRIENDS' FICTION
Stories I think my readers might enjoy, written by friends and relatives.

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An Old Man and His Memories   (6 pages, 1,330 words)
A short Halloween tale of love, loss, and memories of the dearly departed taken a bit too far, courtesy of fan Wayne Moore (aka kf6eml).




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A New Novel by Alvin J. Flitman   (11 pages, 2,627 words)
A hack writer sells his soul for an original idea in a short story by Aaron Polk.




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The Best Present Ever: A Christmas Poem for Parents   (3 pages, 645 words)
Santa talks three kids into giving their parents the best Christmas present ever.  Writen by my daughter Eleanore for her sister Genevieve and her children.




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Boozy Banshee cover art THE BOOZY BANSHEE OF BRANNOCK-A-BEND
In a contemporary comedy by Peter D'Alessio, when two retired NFL football players vacation in Ireland to research whiskey recipes, they get far more than they bargained for: an underground moonshine operation hiding in a small Irish town, a Mayor determined to keep power over the village by any means necessary, and the ghost of a dead pirate moonshine smuggler.


BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON
In this Halloween special, a young man's life is tormemented by a mysterious creature... until he learns how to fight it.


Canst Thou Send Lightnings?   (27 pages, 7,468 words)
In a short story by Rick Boatright from the Grantville Gazette set in Eric Flint's 1632 universe (if you're not familiar with it, download the FREE ebook here), when a 17th century priest is required to build a 20th century alternator to power a church radio station, the Order of St. Phillip is born... inspired by St. Vidicon!




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Don't Kill the Messenger   (14 pages, 3,868 words)
An excerpt from my friend Joel Pierson's Messenger trilogy.  Tristian has premonition visions of people dying, and tries to warn them before it happens - but people generally don't react well to that kind of news.




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Predatory Practices cover art PREDATORY PRACTICES
Set in Marcus Johnston's Tech Infantry universe, six months after the events of Prayer for the Technocrats, a hyper-capitalistic floating alien cat fights to keep his species independent of human rule, get the girl, and make some cash on the side in this sci-fi adventure/comedy/romance.

Firewalker   (7 pages, 1,971 words)
A Hawaiian tourist meets an old native woman who is more than she seems in a short story from my daughter Eleanore.




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The Extreme Psychological Idiosyncrasies of Hyman R. Epstein   (8 pages, 2,102 words)
A psychologist goes to extreme (and morally questionable) lengths to cure a young patient who is slowly starving to death.




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Flying Dutchmen and the Convenient Void   (27 pages, 7,466 words)
A comedy of errors unfolds as the international crew of a decommissioned minesweeper-turned-garbage-scow just try to find work in this sci-i comedy by Marcus Johnston.




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A FRACTURED CHRISTMAS FANTASY: The Great Star of 2 B.C.E., a Fat Roman in a Red Breastplate, a Bunch a' Frickin' Angels, the Night "Jumping" Yehoshua ben Josephus Finally Sold Used Camels to the Bethlehem Police and the Roman Military, and the Bad-Ass Bunny of Bethlehem!
Pete D'Alessio provides us with a Christmas story about the birth of Jesus—or rather, what was going on in the rest of Bethlehem that night from the perspective of people who were no where near the manger!


A FRACTURED SANTA FANTASY: The Great Storm of í11, a Fat Guy in a Red Suit, A Bunch aí Frickiní Reindeer, and the Day Fast Eddie McKnight Finally Broke the Sound Barrier.
Pete provided us with a Christmas Comedy about Santa, motorcycles, and a tiny town in upstate New York.  NOTE: The humor is a bit raunchy, so it might not be appropriate for children or other sensitive readers.


A FRACTURED SANTA FANTASY: The Great Tree of '13, the Day Santa Got Tossed from the Third Floor Window at Ms. Quims' Christmas Cathouse Bar & Grill, a Bunch a Well-Meaning Frickin' Rednecks and 1500 Gallons of Christmas 'Shine, the Night "Fast" Eddie McKnight Finally Got to Roll Solo With Only an Elf and a Lawyer to Help, and the Piss-Eyed Possum of Podunksville!
In Pete's sequel to The Great Storm of '11, Podunksville is beset by the EPA, ATF, ACLU, and a drunken possum.  NOTE: The humor is a bit raunchy, so it might not be appropriate for children or other sensitive readers.   (29 pages, 8,499 words)




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Genesis 3... Point 5   (10 pages, 2,809 words)
In a new comedy short by Pete D'Alessio, a serpent teaches a young monk how things REALLY went down with the apple in the Garden of Eden!




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The Glass Marines cover art THE GLASS MARINES
Military sci-fi written by my long-time friend Pete D'Alessio.  The US Marine Corps of the future integrates aliens into its ranks.  (No point in "not asking"...)


Jersey Devils   (19 pages, 4,636 words)
An urban-fantasy comedy written by my son-in-law, Marcus.  Ever wonder what those metal stick-figure-like things along the New Jersey Turnpike are for?  Well... holding back the apocalypse, apparently.





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The Last Elf   (24 pages, 5,754 words)
The last of his race, the jaded elf Delavaen ignores prophecies of liberation and works for his human conquerers... but is surprised when hope arises from an unlikely source.  By my son-in-law, Marcus Johnston.





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LeeLee & Abahan   (13 pages, 3,864 words)
From Peter D'Alessio, a 4th of July ghost story about kids, dead presidents, and the White House.




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Little Eddie's Quest for Sage   (16 pages, 2,989 words)
My son Edward wrote this amusing story (originally for his blog) based on a real-life day trip he and I made to the oasis outside Portales, New Mexico.  He took a few liberties with reality.  Okay, a lot of liberties.  So many that if he took any more, he'd have an entire Constitution.




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On the American Way of Life   (4 pages, 916 words)
For Memorial Day, longtime contributor and active U.S. serviceman kf6eml brings us an essay about what military service and Mermorial Day means for him... and for the rest of us, too.




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A Midsummer's Knight's Ass   (14 pages, 3,988 words)
In another comedy short from Pete, a retired knight fights an aging dragon, only to find they have more in common now in their old age.




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The Phantom Hothouse   (37 pages, 10,960 words)
When a pair of desperate virgins try raising the ghosts of an abandoned brothel, they get far more than they bargained for.  Written by Ortho.
NOTE: Although there's nothing explicit, there ARE a lot of sexual references and language in this story, so it may not be appropriate for young or sensitive readers.




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Prayer for the Technocrats cover art PRAYER FOR THE TECHNOCRATS
Humanity is under threat... and no one is concerned.  The Earth Federation has survived countless invasions, civil wars, and ruthless dictators.  After centuries of war and bloodshed, one more invasion shouldn't make any difference.  But how do you fight an enemy that can't be killed?


Stranger In A Strange Land Rover   (30 pages, 8,620 words)
A sentient robotic astronaut is marooned on Mars with nothing a comlink to Earth and a specially-designed land rover.




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The Templar's Bowl cover art THE TEMPLAR'S BOWL
In 1942, German submarines prowled the Canadian coastline, searching for the lost Templar treasure... and its most powerful spiritual object, the Holy Grail.  All that stands between Hitler and world domination are three ghosts of long-dead Templar Knights... and their newest recruit: the sickly, wheelchair-bound child Richard.  Sailing a wooden longship, armed only with swords and catapults, can Richard and his ghostly allies protect the Grail from enemy U-Boats bearing gun-toting stormtroopers?


THE TRIAL OF A LOUP-GAROU
This is an excerpt from a novel by my friend James Lee.  It's based on a real historical werewolf trial - he found the documents!  There's about seventy pages more about Jean's life.  If you want me to persuade him to give us more, please let us know in the Forum.


Truck Stop Chemistry   (3 pages, 635 words)
Comedy by fan Wayne Moore (a.k.a. kf6eml).  A former trucker reveals the trade secrets of Truck Stop Coffee.




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Uncle Merl's Bar and Grill cover art UNCLE MERL'S BAR & GRILL
A novella by my longtime friend, Pete D'Alessio.  The world according to dragons and baseball, from Rameses to the Dodgers and the Little Leagues to the ultimate World Series, where the winners take all—all the world, that is.


Virginia Is for Lovers cover art VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS
Cyberpunk Romance written by my son-in-law, Marcus Johnston.  A classic story of boy meets girl, boy gets girl, then girl drugs boy and steals his money.  But boy is local crime boss who must avenge the insult by killing girl... and the chase is on.  Ain't love grand?


Your Magic Sword and You   (6 pages, 1,518 words)
Ever wish the hero's magic sword came with an instruction manual, so they can unlock all its powers BEFORE the climatic battle where they nearly die?  Well, my daughter Eleanore has obliged you with this funny little vignette.




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Predatory Practices
Edward Stasheff

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Uncle Merl's Bar & Grill
Peter D'Alessio

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The Glass Marines
Peter D'Alessio

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The Templar's Bowl
Peter D'Alessio

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The Boozy Banshee of Brannock-A-Bend
Peter D'Alessio

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Fishing in Moon River
Peter D'Alessio

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Virginia Is For Lovers
Marcus Johnston

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Love at the Edge of the World
Marcus Johnston

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Fatebane
Marcus Johnston

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Prayer for the Technocrats
by Marcus Johnston
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