The ultimate battlefield is the human heart
The US government is engaged in a South American war and losing badly. After years of standard and non-standard strategies and tactics failing, the government entertains an often-made suggestion: create supersoldiers. The suggestion is about to be dismissed when (then) Captain James Donaldson adds an outrageous modification: use horribly abused and already traumatized children as the source material. These individuals, Donaldson argues, are already hardened against anything they’ll experience on the battlefield and anything we’ll ask them to do.
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What do you do when the ultimate weapon falls in love?
What follows is the first chapter of The Augmented Man. Enjoy (and let me know what you think).
1 April 2053
Trailer closed his eyes and sat at the end of the bar where the cigarette-burned, cheap black Formica countertop met the wall. He eased himself onto the last stool, tucking into the corner in the dim light, a spider hiding out of sight at the edge of its web. His fingers hovered over the cigarette burns closest to him as if divining their cause, sensing them like small, unhealed wounds, seeing the people involved, learning if each burn was an accident or intentional.
The door opened and he smelled the cool April evening on his skin. It was followed by the alcoholic breath and sweat of two men and a woman they supported between them.
Trailer brought his attention back into the bar, collating the activity immediately around him. The barkeeper, a heavy smelling man gnawing a toothpick, his face somewhere between needing a shave and growing a beard, walked over to Trailer. “Yeah?”
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You won’t believe what Vivian Wexler, Galactive Detective, has been up to. Fortunately, Pat Crumpler tells all.
Far into the future…okay, coming on 1 Aug 2018…and far, far away…okay, Florida…multi award winning sci-fi/romance/fantasy/children’s author and artist Pat Crumpler
takes our Author Plunge
During that interview we talked about a work in progress, VIVIAN WEXLER, GALACTIC DETECTIVE (and because Pat likes me, I got an advance copy. Yeeha!).
For those who want to get the disk on Vivian Wexler, Galactic Detective, before Pat’s interview, check out RPLA Showcase: Patricia Crumpler. Pat does a print interview about writing in general and Vivian in particular.
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The terrible thing about sunlight is it shows the dirt. – Brigid Berlin
Across the Margin
has published my first work of fiction in…a long time. The story deals with relationships and betrayal.
A short story where a heartache that shirked in the shadows comes to light…
Please feel free to congratulate me.
Below is a teaser. Please head over to Across the Margin to read the whole piece (it’s a quick read. About 1,200 words).
“SolarMax Ten to Houston, come in please.”
“This is Houston. Go ahead, SolarMax.”
“Ted, you feeling okay today? You sound awfully froggy.”
“Guess again, Rachel.”
“Benny? Is that you?”
“It is indeed. Hi Rachel, long time no hear.”
“What are you doing riding bridesmaid, Benny? I heard that you’d gone civ.”
“I have, I have. Mission Control said the last few days had been rough on you and thought you’d like to hear a familiar voice on your last morning up.”
Hope you like it. Let me know.
Blog members can read the original version here.
Is it possible to change our futures without changing ourselves?
Hello all and welcome to the seventh in our series of Author Interview Plunges. Today’s guest is science fiction author and talented artist Toby Weston. Toby’s current titles include SINGLUARITY’S CHILDREN VOLUME I – DENIAL and VOLUME II – DISRUPTION (you can read an excerpt beneath the interview). Everyone, please stand up and give Toby a big round of applause.
Science fiction was my first love
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