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Chris Lester has been telling stories for about as long as he can remember, and credits a writing contest in elementary school for introducing him to his muse. Trained as a biologist at the University of California-Santa Cruz, he received his master’s degree in 2004 and is now working as a science teacher at a charter school in Oakland, CA.
As the creator of The Metamor City Podcast (www.metamorcity.com), Chris has twice won the prestigious Parsec Award for excellence in speculative podcast fiction: once in 2009 for Best Long Form Audio Drama and again in 2010 for Best Short Form Audio Drama. Since its inception in fall 2007, the Metamor City Podcast has logged nearly two million unique episode downloads.
When he isn’t writing or planning lessons, Chris enjoys playing guitar, swing dancing, and hiking the beautiful trails in the mountains around the San Francisco Bay. He lives in the Bay Area with his two roommates and a loudly opinionated house-cat.
on July 24, 2012 :
This isn't really a short story but one chapter in a longer work. Rather than starting at the beginning, it seems to start in the middle and ends, well, a little later in the middle. I presume this is offered as a free tidbit to entice readers to buy other segments of the story. As such, it does an excellent job since it is very well written and quite interesting. The wraith in the opening pages sounds annoyingly like Gollum, but other than that minor criticism, I enjoyed this.
I recommend that fans of this genre download this and then decide how much of the rest of the story they want to read.
(review of free book)