About my Short Stories
People tell me I’m strange. One reason for this is that, for me, everything is connected to everything else in lots of odd ways. Songs segue into one another if a string of notes matches up. Stuff like that. As a result, my interests tend to blend into one another, and it’s impossible to categorize my bookcase with all the cross-over titles. The same thing happens with what I write. A story might be about one thing on the surface, but I’m usually laying other ideas between the lines, so to speak. That makes it difficult to peg a story into some category or other, which is why most of them are listed in several categories.
You can get a list of stories in a particular category with the buttons on the layout, but that just gives you a title list. To help you find something that interests you, I’m also providing annotated list of titles here. Happy browsing!
My stories seem to split into several categories, though there’s some overlap. (Click the respective links to see a list of stories in each group.)
First off, there are stories in the worlds I created for my novels. I’ve listed them in the page About my Novels.
Two of those novels are science fiction, but I also wrote Fantasy & Science Fiction stories that were not related to those worlds.
The political short stories I write are crafted to express some point about the events and issues I see in the world around me. Because they are fiction, I get to play around with these ideas and present them in a way that makes it possible for people to think about them, which might not happen otherwise. Some of these make use of characters from my novels. In fact, I’ve written a series of stories about the exploits of members of an activist group called “Constitutional Evolution” which I created for my third novel, “Burnout Fever”.
If all politics is local, some of it insinuates itself into our economic lives. For me, it also happens in the form of business short stories. Among these is a series of stories exploring the results of pushing the idea of corporate personhood a bit too far.
In amongst the ideas that run through my stories are things having to do with magical and psychic themes. Sometimes these overlap, making it difficult to pull them apart. See for yourself.
There are even stories that deal with metaphysical issues straight on.
No body of writing would be complete without some humorous stories in the mix. Sample some of mine.