Can artificial intelligence write a novel? In 2174, authors are obsolete. With the exception of a few human "author" titles printed in the small basement and back room libraries, all stories are created by the Artificial Intelligence of the Archive. Most believe the "authors" are only brands to lure people into spending their credits on print. One woman believes that one of them, author Hugh Howey, is real and still alive.
"A Little Lois Lowry with a Dose of Hugh Howey"
A coveted prize has surfaced in New York drawing Celebrity Chef Cameron Kincaid into an 800-year-old war. In 1208 the clandestine Rex Mundi began the Albigensian crusade in an effort to gain control of the treasure held by the Cathar. For 36 years the Languedoc region south of France was washed in blood. By 1244 the last of the Cathari were eradicated when the Ch'teau de Montségur finally fell. Though the Rex Mundi searched everywhere, the Cathari Treasure remained elusive.
In a desolate desert, members of an isolated agricultural station discover a stranger, dehydrated, delirious, and near death from exposure. His weak frame is thin, desiccated. His blistered flesh is wooden, and in his madness a faint, raspy chant slips from his near lipless mouth: "So many, not enough. So many, not enough."
The Potter's Daughter really is a special story of a woman's relationships with her father, her past, and the new man in her life. Abby Bellen, the estranged daughter of an aging ceramic artist, feels obligated to return to her home on Willow Lake to put her father's life in order on account of a promise made to her dying mother. Years have passed since Abby fled the home of her youth and a past she would rather forget.
A boy in the Midwestern United States celebrates an anticipated rite of passage with his grandfather.