Good science fiction lives at the edge of the boundary, pushing the limits to see what might be on the other side. But not all boundaries exist at the edge of the universe. Some of the strongest live much closer to home. This collection of five short stories follows our heroes as they ride that edge, testing the limits and then taking just that one extra step beyond.
Three delightful Halloween tales of ticklish tricks and tasty treats from Richard Alan Dickson and Tor Richardson. Fire up the flashlight, tuck the blanket to your chin, and take a welcome trip down memory lane.
When good cookies go missing, the doggie detective goes to work. With his trusty nose to help him sniff out trouble, he tracks down the only question that truly matters: in a room filled with mystery writers... whodunit? Richard Alan Dickson, author of The Last Great Lemonade-Stand Showdown, presents a wonderful tale of cookie-loving trouble. Set in the heart of a quaint little hotel, "The Case of the Missing Cookies" is a charming story that listeners of all ages are sure to enjoy.
In a world where rotten little brats push innocent crones into their own ovens, one woman dares to put children back on the menu. With the proper care, that plump Tot-Roast can once again grace every Hag's Thanksgiving table. For one low price, the secrets can be yours. Don't wait. Call now! Richard Alan Dickson, author of Doom Cows from Outer Space, returns with another hilarious look into late-night advertisement gone wrong.
Fleeing through the night, recon pilot Ben Cobb races to warn MacArthur of a secret Japanese build-up on Mindanao. The marines must not invade! When a pack of trailing Zeroes flame him from the sky, Ben must find another way to deliver his message. With precious little time, and with everything he meets trying to kill him, Ben must not fail. The fate of the entire war may well depend on it.
When an elite star trooper freezes on the battlefield, Doctor Bill Morris races to find the seed to the hallucination that stopped him flat. Elite troops are tough, fearless, and immune to such attacks. If the enemy has found a new virus, the Empire's iron-fisted dominance may come to an abrupt end.
"Makes your mind think"
Santa as the bad guy? Come on. Who would possibly believe that? How about Jack Frost, a dark elf with a decidedly different take on the story of the North Pole? When Jack returns to his home late one spring, he finds his people gone and an enemy fortress on his doorstep. The name on that castle? Kringle. Let the battle begin.
Three delightful yuletide tales from Richard Alan Dickson. Light up the fire and pull up a chair for some holiday humor and warm Christmas cheer. Stories include "Kid Christmas", "Lookey Here, I Done Bagged Me A Deer" and "Hank the Happy Snowman".
When the Christmas present of the nicest girl in school goes missing, Paul Stevens suspects the school bully, a sixth-grader destined for a lump of coal on that magical morning. For a skinny little fourth-grader to tackle a schoolyard gang would be insane... but to save Christmas, that's exactly what Paul Stevens must figure out how to do. Richard Alan Dickson, author of S.O.S. North Pole, returns with a tale of drive, determination and desperate odds.
Zabba Zoom, the Calf of Doom, must conquer a planet to become a full-fledged Doom Cow. It's not her fault there's always something better to do. But when the Great and Terrible Leader shows up to discover why the job is not done, she must change her tune. "Puny humans, prepare to die!"
When a pair of feuding families call a Thanksgiving truce and start looking for a feast, Tom the Target-Tailed Turkey grows a little nervous. When he hears of plans to put him on the menu, he flies into a panic. The truce must be cancelled at all costs, if he can just figure out how.
On a night when the best costume gets the most free candy, one young man knows that his costume must be the very best. His only competition? His big sister Sally and Boo Boy, a mysterious kid from down the lane. But on this night - his night - there will be no mystery. After months of careful planning, Paul has finally crafted the perfect disguise.
When the whole school laughs at him after a Halloween prank, an embarrassed young man plots his revenge. They want tricks? Fine. Tomorrow night, on Halloween, James William Bruce will treat the schoolyard bullies to a prank they'll not soon forget.
Gary knows to stay out of the PFAST lane. He's heard all the tales, seen all the stores, learned all the risks. One highway phased into a million roads, the perfect solution to gridlock... except for those who never make it to the other side. Yeah, Gary knows to stay out of the PFAST lane. Naturally, that's the one place his kid brother needs him to go.
When Sawyer Ellis learns of a cold divorce waiting for him in New York after a decade of long-distance marriage, he delays retiring from his job on Mars. They'd always planned to be together on Mars, hadn't they? If he can only get her to come, she'll change her mind. And then they'll be happy.
When his brother bumbles a burglary, Finn Bates blasts into space with the cops hot on his heels and his brother's DNA broadcast to every spaceport around. With the number of places he can land approaching zero, Finn must plan one final score that his brother can't possibly screw up, or risk getting kicked off every decent planet in the universe.
For a robin with an attitude, turning songbird against a pigeon hawk crime lord is a bad idea. When a murder of crows joins the action to hunt him down, the feathers begin to fly. Can he organize his dogs and meet the crows on the mean streets of the big city, or is his goose finally cooked?
Eternal life as a cyborg sounded good to Brandon Elliott Keagan, but when science proves the existence of an eternal afterlife, his own eternity sours. Now, BeK must find a way to wiggle out of his contract, despite the fact that neither his corporate masters, nor his programming, will allow it.
When the worst hunter in the south goes deer hunting on Christmas Eve, the last thing he expects is for a big old target to drop in his lap. Unfortunately for Little Bobby Brown, there's just one minor catch. Richard Alan Dickson, author of Hank the Happy Snowman, presents a delightful tale of Christmas misadventure that begins once upon a time. With a fun story, plenty of humor, and an endearing hero, Lookey Here, I Done Bagged Me a Deer is holiday entertainment that listeners of all ages are plum certain to enjoy.
When Hank the Happy Snowman gets his new foam finger, he can finally wave to all the happy people he passes from the back of his pickup truck. It's the happiest winter ever...until his new foam finger topples over the side. Hank the Happy Snowman's happy winter may suddenly take a very unhappy turn for the worse.