Category Archives: Stories

A bunch of my short stories, as well as a whole serialized novel if you go back to the start of the archive.

Family Pre-Union (4)

William is standing behind Mother, who is still arguing with the Kishas, and he isn’t just looking at me, he’s staring like I’m a ghost. So are two Kishas and a Cheryl. And I’ve had the same horrified fascination from … Continue reading

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Family Preunion (3)

Our house is an elegant, stately Victorian on a street of elegant, stately Victorians, the big, peak-roofed gingerbreaded fruits of an orchard with pretensions. The street is packed with cars and arriving guests. The party fills the living and dining … Continue reading

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Family Preunion (2)

  The time trains arrived just after Black Tuesday, and they saved us. Investors and humanitarians from the 22nd century dumped cash on the banks, stopped the trusts from crashing any further, and gave us the knowledge and technology to … Continue reading

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Family Preunion (1)

Family Preunion (A Centuries Unlimited story) The taser fits right in my hand: light as a pack of cigarettes and cool as a sleeping beetle. “Press the button,” says the man from the future. I press it and the taser … Continue reading

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Appendix (a New Frontiers Story)

I remember I was out on a mission with my translator Plamen. We were way out in Aaha space, trying to sell a magnetic confinement fusion device as “human folk art.” Here was the scam: you take this stellarator coil, which … Continue reading

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Petrolea 18b

Only one year. Victor bit his lip. He knew that once the station had gestated its new landers, he and Feroza would have company on the back of the Leviathan, and their honeymoon would be over. But ships from Earth … Continue reading

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Petrolea 18a

Chapter 18 “When beaten, gold shines.” “What was that?” asked Feroza. “I think the saying fits this place pretty well.” Victor spread his arms to indicate the cavernous space where they had slept. The whole thing, alien frescos, gargoyles, and … Continue reading

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Petrolea 17c

“Victor!” Feroza flung up her arms and Rusty, chasing them, climbed, engines screaming. “Copy and rebroadcast these signals.” Frantically, she scrolled down menus in her visor, broadcasting the draconic communication signals she had recorded on the Leviathan’s back. “Help,” she … Continue reading

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Petrolea 17b

More warnings as the juvenile Dragon spread his little wings and engaged his jet engines. Hot streams of exhaust bracketed Feroza’s body, pointing downward at the onrushing protectors of the crater. One large Dragon veered away from those columns of … Continue reading

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Petrolea 17a

Chapter 17 “Fold your arms,” Feroza told Victor, “before Biggles and Rusty have a chance to bite them off.” Following her own advice violated every instinct Feroza had. Falling monkeys splayed their limbs, trying to snag branches and use air … Continue reading

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