Several years ago, I started having Election Day sales for my collection of short stories of a political nature, Political Pies. For the last few sales, I’ve also included a few other of my books. The main reason I do this is it’s me doing a tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny part of hopefully getting people to vote. The idea being you can download some of my books for free so you have something to read while you stand in line to vote. It’s not much, but hopefully it does someone, somewhere, some good.
There are those
who think politicians should be the ones who decide who wins elections and not
the voters. The only way to defeat them
is for “We the people” to vote in overwhelming numbers and show them that that
is not how American democracy is supposed to work. So if you live someplace where – often
because of their interference – there is a long line to vote, grab any of these
books that look interesting, and make sure your phone and/or Kindle is fully
charged. Then get in line, stay in line,
and make your voice heard. Democracy
depends on it.
ebooks will be free to download from Friday November 4th, through Election Day
on Tuesday November 8th.
Everybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? My attempt to do something about it is to collect forty of my short stories with a political element into my Political Pies anthology. The stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, my goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.
A Man of Few Words is a collection of fifty of my flash fiction stories. What would really happen if a “T-Rex on steroids” attacked a city? Why do science fiction writers make the best lovers? How does a company get to Second Base with VIPs? I explore these questions and more using less than 1,000 words and in various genres from humor to horror and general fiction to science fiction.
The majority of
the stories were previously published (most on my website) but all were revised
for this collection. In addition, each piece is accompanied by some background
information on the origin of the story or a funny tale about the writing of it
to give a fuller experience.
As a science fiction writer, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how technology will change the way we live. I’ve come up with these ten short essays about science fictional elements that will – almost certainly – one day become science fact as a way for people to start coming to terms with them. Because I’ve spent time thinking about clones and AIs, I feel I’ll be okay when they do finally show up whereas most people will probably freak out. I hope these essays will get people to start thinking about the future because, no matter what we do, the future is coming.
For reasons of safety and avoiding paradoxes, Time Travel Incorporated assigns a Guardian to all its travelers. So when there is an accident during political historian Roj Hasol’s trip back to 1968, it’s his Guardian Susan who sets out on the arduous task of cleaning up the mess.
Over the years, I’ve posted several short stories on websites that later – for one reason or another – died. While the corpses of some of these sites are still around where you can read the stories, many have vanished from the internet. And since there are few sites that will publish such previously published works, the only way you could read them was if I self-published them in a collection.
In addition to
such “lost” stories, I’ve included some new stories that – for one reason or
another – I felt I’d have a hard time finding someone to publish them. So Seventh
Story Stockpile basically contains stories I didn’t know what else to do with.