This short novel is an homage to H.G. Wells' little novel, "The Croquet Player." The structure is the same, but the characters are different and talk about different things. Topics dealt with include UFOs, alien visitation, mental illness, alien abduction, and the paranormal in its various forms. Desert Croquet, a real sport, is explained by the narrator. More
I've loved H.G. Wells' "The Croquet Player" ever since I first read it. I loved the story, I loved the brevity, and I really loved the illustrations done by Clifford Line. Being involved in Desert Croquet (I won the very first professional championship) made writing "The Desert Croquet Player" a natural exercise. I wrote it to share with the other desert croquet players that we knew. I made some using reduced-size copies and a stapler, but those copies were hard to read. I did the illustrations myself. The style I stole from Wells as much as possible, so if it reads as if it were old-fashioned, it is supposed to.
What unfolds is an examination of the paranormal, UFOs, alien abduction, and more, done as conversations the narrator has with Dr. Finch, an eccentric, and Dr. Norbert, a psychiatrist.