"Charlie Doll" and Other Stories
by Thomas P. Hanna
In each story someone gets a surprise, often an unpleasant one, that alters his or her chances of success or even survival. A few get the satisfaction of revenge or relief but most get their comeuppance. Some stories involve science fiction or scientific fiction elements. Deception, greed, opportunism, applied psychology, curiosity, and/or chutzpah are common human factors in all of them.