On the Great Wall of Texas

Rated 4.25/5 based on 9 reviews
In 2045 a sergeant shows a young draftee the ropes of guarding the Mexican border, explaining how the Wall came to be built and why they are there.

This is a short-short story, for general audiences, set very early in Harry Heyoka's all-too-plausible Spiral's Realms future history.

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About Harry Heyoka

"The job of the writer is to kiss no ass, no matter how big and holy and white and tempting and powerful." -- Ken Kesey

The biggest, holiest ass in SF is the galactic empire, sometimes called (for good reasons) its most ridiculous idea ever. Contrary Harry wondered what innovations might make a real galactic empire possible, and so created his Spiral's Realms future history; but is "possible" desirable?

"Dismissing SF as serious literature is a dangerous mistake," Harry writes. "It's the only genre consistently prodding folks to look farther down the road to the future. We need that, if we're to have a future."

A refugee from rampant deforestation, Harry Heyoka has spent his adult life in Hawaii, Europe, and North America. Though mute, he is literate in several languages and holds a BS in BS. He loves raw foods and craft ales, and lives with "his" cat outside Helen Gone, Oregon.

Harry also loves good music of all kinds. Check out his Pandora stations at
http://www.pandora.com/people/oregonlibertarian

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Review by: Stephen Brandon on May 06, 2014 :
Very interesting twist on 'Global Warming". Also an (in the best British style) unusual twist on border security. Short but well written.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lazo on April 22, 2012 : (no rating)
Well tought out, makes a point and makes you think further about it, I liked it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: David Young on Jan. 28, 2012 :
This short story is basically perfect for what it is. I personally enjoy a really concise short story with a PUNCH at the end. This one delivers a masterful punch.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Giri Vijayakumar on Aug. 12, 2011 :
Harry Heyoka's On the Great Wall of Texas is an interesting future fiction short. I liked the concise story and the logical buildup towards the ending. Good luck to Harry.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Eric Johnson on July 13, 2010 :
Short and sweet. I liked it!
(review of free book)

Review by: David Lovato on March 30, 2010 :
An eerie, somewhat unsettling look at a possible future; one that puts politics aside in favor of fiction, merely asking "what if?" rather than jamming ideas down the reader's throat. My only complaint is that the first-person narrator seems to be too omniscient, even making what felt like an unneeded reference to the age of a character he's just met; the story feels like it would work a bit better from a third-person perspective. Still, the story itself is a good one, very concise and very possible, which is what makes it so intriguing.
(review of free book)

Review by: H Joe Tabor on March 06, 2010 :
Harry Heyoka may be a relatively new sci-fi author, but the Great Wall of Texas is great stuff. The story has a small amount of future technology(a vehicle), but has a big political message (as most science fictions do). If all of his stories are like this one, they will all lead up to a sensible, logical, but surprising ending.
(review of free book)

Review by: Mark Jacobs on Dec. 05, 2009 :
Not exactly my politics; actually the polar opposite. But that's not the point. Our objectives as authors (artists) is to make people think! And this does not disappoint.
(review of free book)

Review by: Maria E. Schneider on Sep. 12, 2009 :
This is a very well-written, political irony piece. I admit, it grabbed my attention--which side of the issue...there's some...let's call it global warming thrown in for good measure. I imagine it was written to make people think a bit--It resonates. But if you don't like polarizing issues, this may not be for you.

Cleverly done piece.
(review of free book)

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