Fourteen very unusual and diverse stories. From the desert to the South Pacific, from the creation of life to a space-traveling future, from an intimate conversation with a dead wife to the “loopy” nature of time.
The Swing - A girl, a swing, and a lot of time provide an overview of a life.
Colby - An explorer pushes the limits of what can be learned of life and death - and the space between.
The Visitor - A look at travel in the coming age of energy shortages
A Connecticut Yankee in King Neptune’s Court - How did a Union dog tag come to be found in a Confederate submarine?
Sibyl - What of us will survive after we are gone? Only our houses - and their thoughts?
The McKinley Cut - What might have happened when President McKinley came to Marin County to ride the “Crookedest Railroad in the World.”
An Occurrence in the Indian Ocean - Some old seamen never die - but they should have.
Tango Uniform - Life and death in a WWII destroyer.
Siren of the South - The little-known story of the female Confederate blockade runner
Short fiction and especially the short story format has always held an attraction for me. Some of my favorite reading as a kid was pulp SF magazines and the annual collections of the best short stories. I also loved mysteries, especially Sherlock Holmes. In a short story, the author must establish the setting, introduce the characters, tell the story, and reach a satisfying conclusion, all in a few hundred words. I have tried my hand at the form, in widely varied genres and styles. The stories are available in three collections. Some of the stories are available to read online.