Invisible Friends (or, A Boy and His Dog, some monkeys, walking fish and a few damn aliens)

A man meets a group of aliens who want to use his basement as the center of their operations while they study mankind. The only problem is, Earth is pretty far out on the galactic arm and all the competent alien study teams get posted much closer to galactic center. The farther out you are, the farther out you will be. There's monkeys, Elvis, a dog who drives, and lots of insight on humanity.

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About Steven Sawicki

My short stories have been published in Plot, Read Me and Shadowsword and online at Minds Eye Fiction. I had a novella (Invisible Friends)--the same one that is published here--published in the Spring 2001 issue of Absolute Magnitude, a short story in the 2001 Transversions anthology and a short story scheduled in an issue of Reality Escapes. My opinion pieces have been published in Between Dimensions and Pirate Writings. I have written four screenplays, including an adaptation of Piers Anthony's On A Pale Horse. My review work has appeared in; Absolute Magnitude, Tangent, 2AM, Science Fiction Review, Fantasy Commentator, Random Realities, Pulsar, Heliocentric Net, Cinefantastique, Movie Club, Keen Science Fiction, Middle Georgia Web Magazine, Knightmares, Dubious Matter, Wonderdisk, Random Realities, OtherRealms, Midnight Zoo, Zero Gravity Freefall, Summa Nulla, and other places I can no longer remember. I once wrote the longest short fiction review column in the world for Science Fiction Chronicle. I also had review columns in Fantastic and Dreams of Decadence. I reviewed small press for Scavenger’s Newsletter for 13 years.

For the past few years, I’ve been collaborating with Barbara Chepaitis. So far, we’ve written a teleplay, four screenplays, and a novel and we’re working on more.

When not writing I'm spending time killing plants in the garden or working to put the finishing touches on the house we built a few years back. I have had the usual mix of writer type jobs--UPS, an inventory company, a company that built firewalls for F-15s, and I've done some consulting work for the federal government around grants. I also have done some modeling for a civil war artist who produces limited edition prints (I was a general (Longstreet) in the Confederate army the last session.) I also do some car and kart racing and have my CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) competition license.

My real work has consisted primarily of work in the private, non-profit arena where I specialize in grant writing, program design, development and management. I am also available for consultation around grant writing and organization development issues.

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