Other Fiction
Miscellaneous fiction not related to my other series.

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THE BELTERS' WAR
A new, unpublished novel by Christopher Stasheff.  In an asteroid belt far from civilization, where law and order is weak and optional (when it's not for sale), a territorial dispute between miners quickly escalates out of control into a full-blown belter's war.


The Fleet II: Counterattack cover art Civilians   (28 page, 7,651 words)
Terrans invading the alien pirate Khalians homeworld make a startling discovery among the planet's civilian slave population.  Originally published in the 1988 military sci-fi anthology The Fleet II: Counterattack.




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The Crafters vol. 2 cover art The Crafters vol. 1 cover art THE CRAFTERS
Two related short stories from different generations of a magical dynasty.


DAW 30th Anniversary Fantasy Anthology cover art Coronach of the Bell   ( 14 page, 3,645 words)
The tragic tale of a valley clan—and the wizard they cast out to live alone in the mountains.  Origionally published in the 2003 DAW 30th Anniversary Fantasy Anthology.




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THE FROG AND THE GROG
A new, unpublished novel by Christopher Stasheff where a wizard turns himself into a toad... but can't turn himself back!


THE GEORGIE DESRICK CHRONICLES
In this series of connected short stories written for The Fleet anthologies, a human outcast, Georgie "Goblin" Desrick, is taken in by a band of alien pirates... and then things get interesting!


Bolos 1: Honor of the Regiment cover art THE GHOST OF RESARTUS
A short story from the first anthology of the Bolo series. On a frontier colony bordering a hostile alien race, the colonists have repourposed their Bolo supertanks as farm equipment.  Worse, they're beginning to break down.  Even worse, the aliens are plannning to attack!


Gods of War cover art GORDON'S QUEST
Norse and Chinese gods battle through human avatars during China's Taiping Rebellion in this short story I wrote for the 1992 Gods of War anthology (which I also edited).


How the Rebellion Came to a Shuddering Halt   ( 1 page, 100 words)
Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear cover art This is a "Drabble," an extremely short story, what today is called "Flash Fiction."  In 1990, the Drabble Project published their second volume, Drabble II: Double Century, which contained one hundred stories by one hundred authors of exactly one hundred words each—no more, no less.  This was my entry.  I suspect fans of my writing will find the ending fairly predictable.

I decided to post it here because, as only 1000 copies of Drabble II were ever published, I figure very few people have ever read it.  I'd also like to point out that this teaser is now longer that the actually story is (sorry, I can't resist a little perversity).




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Dragon's Eye cover art In the Heavens and On Earth   ( 17 pages, 4,699 words)
I've always been fascinated by China, so for in my story in the 1994 anthology Dragon's Eye, centuries of Asian history plays out as the Chinese Dragon battles Mongols, Saints, Samurai, Commies, Yankees... and, ultimately, itself.




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The Harriers 2: Blood and War cover art Mission of Mercy   ( 20 pages, 4,791 words)
In the middle of a civil war, a military medical relief mission to treat a plague-ridden city brings peace to the conflict... but not quite in the way they anticipated.  From a story I wrote for the 1993 anthology The Harriers 2: Blood and War.




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Siege of Arista cover art PAPA DON'T 'LOW
With his planet under siege by the alien Hothri, a quartermaster fed up with defective weaponry wages war against the military-industrial complex to improve quality... and stumbles across a darker secret than mere incompetence.


The Day the Magic Stopped cover art PRIDE AND PUPPETRY
In this leading short story I wrote for the 1995 fantasy anthology The Day the Magic Stopped, which I also edited, a knight disguised as a wandering entertainier hides the secret of one very special puppet.


Return With Your Spacesuit Or On It   (21 pages, 5,779 words)
Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear cover art Comedic short story about a young man caught in a tug-of-war between his military mother and artistic girlfriend—and he's the rope!  Can he find a way to escape their war to control him—and control his own life instead?

Two years later, Steve Ziplow turned the story into a radio play for Ziplow Sci-Fi Shorts vol II.  You can click here to listen to the radio play, or download the MP3 version of the radio play here.

This story was co-written by my daughter Eleanore and I (meaning she wrote it and I proofread, edited, and stuck my name on it) for the 1996 sci-fi Mother's Day anthology Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear, with cover art by David Mattingly, who also did the cover art for my Starship Troupers series.




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Time Gate II cover art THE SIMULATED GOLEM
In this short story origionally written for the 1990 anthology Time Gate II: Dangerous Interfaces, a businessman commissions a computer simulation of the mind of the long-dead Rabbi Loew to find out how to make a golem.


Bolos II: The Unconquerable cover art SHARED EXPERIENCE
In this short story origionally written for he 1994 anthology Bolos 2: The Unconquerable, when a horde of over a million aliens attack a human frontier colony, only 2000 people and 80 tanks are available to defend it.


The Enchanter Reborn cover art SIR HAROLD AND THE TRUSTEES
This is the leading story from the 1992 anthology The Enchanter Reborn, which I was lucky enough and honored to co-edit with L. Sprague deCamp!  With his fellow faculty off dimension-jumping through fantasy realms, Incompleat Enchanter Harold Shea scrambles to explain thier absence to the Board of Trustees.


The Enchanter Reborn cover art SIR HAROLD AND THE MONKEY KING
Also from the 1992 Enchanter Reborn anthology.  While searching for a lost friend, Harold Shea explores the mythical world of Taoist legend as portrayed in Wu Cheng'en's classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.


The Exotic Enchanter cover art SIR HAROLD AND THE HINDU KING
From the follow up 1995 Exotic Enchanter anthology.  Still searching for Florimel, Shea and Chamlers arrive in the world of Hindu mythology from Vikram and the Vampire by the sage Bhavabhuti, but translated for the West by Sir Richard Francis Burton.


The Crafters
Christopher Stasheff

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The Crafters II: Blessings and Curses
Christopher Stasheff

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Coronach of the Bell
Christopher Stasheff

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Bolos 1:
Honor of the Regiment
Edited by Bill Fawcett

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The Gods of War
Christopher Stasheff

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Dragon's Eye
Christopher Stasheff

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The Harriers 2:
Blood and War
Edited by Bill Fawcett

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The Siege of Arista
Edited by Bill Fawcett

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The Day the Magic Stopped
Christopher Stasheff

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Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear
Christopher Stasheff

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The Enchanter Reborn
Christopher Stasheff

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The Exotic Enchanter
Christopher Stasheff

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