Dwayne Phillips


A systems and computer engineer since 1980. A short story fiction writer.

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Our Last Game of Childhood
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Category: Fiction
Two 6th-grade boys play a game of basketball. The game is a terrible mismatch. The victor is unable to come to terms with the outcome for 40 years.
Typing to the Future
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Category: Fiction
While scrounging for food, I found something that changed my life: a typewriter with ribbons and paper. I would record the history of the world after the event for those in the future. The event, however, was blurry in my mind. I kept seeing different events and couldn't decide which one was true. What would I type for the future?
The Edge of the Woods
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 950. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Category: Fiction
I stopped going to work. My walks in the woods wouldn't let me. I couldn't bring myself to tell anyone why. How could I tell of the bullets that I had shot into the eye sockets of those people who weren't really people anymore wandering about at the edge of the woods?
A Clear, Perfect Light
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Category: Fiction
A man wakes with a clear mind. Something is wrong in his home. A conversation with his son reveals that a period of time doesn't exist in his mind. This isn't Rip Van Winkle or some fable. It is, however, dementia disappearing from one person's mind.
Walking with Angels
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013. Category: Fiction
Dogs can see the angels all about them. What is wrong with people? Can't they see?
The Shake Up
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,020. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Category: Fiction
The new President announced his programs and conceded that they would "shake up" the economy for a few weeks. Twenty-one months later, the Freeman family struggled each day as the Great Depression pounded the 21st century American suburbs.
Unadvisable Enthusiasm: The Origin and Demise of Sports
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,070. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Category: Fiction
Sports, created after the American Civil War as an outlet for young men, was honorable. One day, a "winner" shouted at "losers." The sports race was on. So was the downward path.
The Candidate and the Engineer
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2013. Category: Fiction
A candidate for Congress is Iowa astonishes the crowds and earns the suspicions of the New York media crowd. What is that black box in front of him and who is the engineer at his side?
The Car Hackers
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2013. Category: Fiction
In the future, all motor vehicles drive themselves. You summon one, it comes to you, and you ride. Yawn. A few people want to have some fun. The people administering the system learn that they system worked to well to do anything.
Guitar Generations
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
A boy sees his family as high-achievers - all except himself. His grandfather and a guitar change that view and take him through his life in the blink of an eye.
The Library Writer
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,570. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013. Category: Fiction
Each day Nicholas Furr goes to the library. He reads, but that is not why he spends his day in the library. Instead, he uses the little pencils next to the card catalog computer; he uses paper from the trash can, and he uses the Internet computers to write one hour each day.
Home Defense
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
Jacob sits stunned in the woods next to his house. A schoolteacher turned guerrilla warfare recruiter explains to him that he just shot dead ten soldiers of an invading army. Jacob is now a hero, but he has also become something else, something he despises - a killer.
The Weather Master
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2013. Category: Fiction
Disaster prosperity is something that no one mentions publicly, but all public officials understand. If you have a disaster, money flows in and prosperity reigns. If you are ready, you look good and move up the ladder. The only problem is that no one can arrange a weather disaster. No one, that is, but the weather master.
Dreams Reality
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
What is real? What is a dream? Life is complicated when you can't tell the difference.
A Three-Day Walk
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,320. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013. Category: Fiction
Hurricane Mabel has ravished a large region. People are trapped in either their suburban homes or on the roads with looters. Jack Clark has a plan to walk out of the storm-damaged region. He only has to carry enough supplies for three days at a time.
The Future of Mankind
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
The old man walks from his porch to his mailbox every afternoon. He grabs the junk mail, reads the newspaper, and watches the future of mankind pass by in a crowded school bus.
Laboratory Practice, Testing, and Reporting: Time-Honored Fundamentals for the Sciences
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
A fundamental task of ours is to test or experiment with our equipment...so began a report I wrote. We were struggling to build systems. Analysis showed that our basic problem was how we tested systems and reported the results. This booklet records time-honored fundamentals of testing and reporting on tests.
Paper Mache Aliens
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,000. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013. Category: Fiction
Two scientists descend below the Nevada Desert to examine an alien spaceship. They discover unbelievable things, and the aliens are a little weird, too.
Conversation: A Retreat
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
This is a lesson in consulting. It is for talking with a person who knows what is good for them, but can't seem to do it. In the example given, the topic is going to a retreat. Almost any topic could be substituted for it.
The Cut and Paste Memoirs
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Category: Fiction
An old man writes his memoirs without writing a word. He cuts and pastes everything.
The Water Pistol Zombie Killers
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
Two slackers wandering the woods of Louisiana and Mississippi six months after the Zombie discover an unbelievable way to make the undead really "dead dead." They rescue four young women and become the heroes of the apocalypse.
The Reign of the Introverts
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
They didn't seek it; it feel to them. The introverts ruled the world. They didn't see it that way. They saw themselves as the ones to rebuild civilization. As all reigns, it too came to an end one day.
The Hiccups
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Category: Fiction
Three days of hiccups is no fun. Dave tries every remedy on the Internet, but finds a cure from an unlikely source.
City of Refuge
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013. Category: Fiction
Mike Hatfield was innocent of all wrongdoing. The McCoys didn't care. They claimed he hacked the sensors and the justice system. The Judge advised him to seek safety in a City of Refuge.
The Monument of Peace and Unity
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,170. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
Different people - soldiers, thieves, princes, and children - pass through a monument during 30 centuries. The monument remains and provides shelter, learning, and rest.
A Chocolate Smuggler
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Category: Fiction
All Joel wants to do is buy ten chocolate bars. Joel, however, lives in the near future when sugary foods are sold only at government-operated stores to prevent people from becoming unhealthy and burdening the health care system.
Zombie Planes: Revised and Extended 2013
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,540. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013. Category: Fiction
The complete saga of a flight crew trapped at 30,000 feet with a plane full of zombies. They make their way to the ground only to be thrust into a small town struggling to survive the coming hordes of zombies from a major city.
Islands on the Interstate
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,620. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
The government has abandoned the dangerous zones. The Interstate routes pass through those dangerous zones. The only entrance is through one of the islands on the interstate.
To Stay Behind
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
A plague has hit the world. The healthy flee the cities to try to survive in the countryside. The old and dying are doomed to stay behind.
Thomas Wilson Goes to School
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
Betty Walsh had taught school for years, but she had never met anyone like Thomas Wilson, until she met his grandfather.
The Disruption Prevention Division
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2013. Category: Fiction
Phil Lawson walks into the U.S. Patent and Trade Office for his first day of work. Nothing, however, happens as expected. He finds himself far underground talking in single-syllable sentences and seeing technology that few others have seen.
The Librarian
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013. Category: Fiction
An assistant in a library is the only person left who seems to care in a mud-soaked, bird-infested city. A chance encounter, however, reawakens a sense of service in an otherwise selfish, stark world.
Something about the American Dream
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013. Category: Fiction
A case of mistaken identity leads two young men to assist a family in their pursuit of the American dream.
A Small Boy
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 860. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013. Category: Fiction
A fable about a boy who is smaller than other children and learns to be friends with his size.
The Human Test Lab
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012. Category: Fiction
A student goes to The Human Test Laboratory for a part-time job. Maybe he will watch TV or use a couple of new products. He learns that he can make much more money by participating in a 72-hour test. He agrees, but has no idea what will happen for the next 72 hours.
The Greedy Virus
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
People on the streets are acting crazy. Several observers and analysts at a think tank are tasked with discovering why and finding a solution. Can they do so before they too are infected with this craziness?
Interested Persons
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
A stranger walks into a two-man tech company and offers them a million-dollar app - no charge. He talks about "interested persons." Is his offer too good to be true?
Time Frozen
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2012. Category: Fiction
Four people are in a coffee shop when time freezes for everything outside. One of the four seems to know what is happening and claims to have caused it.
What is Happening Down There
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2011. Category: Fiction
Thomas and Karen were winter house sitters at 12,000 feet in the Montana mountains. Spring arrived, but not in the normal fashion. They found a stranger in the barn who was too sick to explain himself. Thomas heads down the mountain to find a deserted ranch and town except for one man dragging himself across a street.
The First Time
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,160. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2011. Category: Fiction
Chris Thomas takes his grandson William hunting for the first time. What William doesn't know is that it is also the first time for the grandfather.
Chats with Interesting People
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2011. Category: Fiction
Nelson stumbles into a tiny restaurant somewhere in Alabama. The place is a treasure trove of chats with interesting people. Nelson goes out of his way two months later to revisit the place, but things have changed.
What's New?
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction
An engineer builds an interface between a computer and the human mind. Books and movies come alive in your brain. Then the engineer connects the entire Internet to his brain.
Wondering How You were Doing
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2011. Category: Fiction
Mike walks away from a good life to live on the streets with the homeless. He writes notes to his sister asking for items for the homeless and inspires others to give.
Coffee with God
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Category: Fiction
Lance Thibodaux is hunting in the Honey Island Swamp of Louisiana. A snake bite leads to a battle of man versus nature, until God enters the conversation.
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2011. Category: Fiction
John William Smith is running for President of the United States. He is conducting his entire campaign on a blog. And something happens - people start working for his campaign and he is on the ballot in 41 states on Election Day.
Armed Robbery
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,610. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Category: Fiction
Brian Hough was robbed at gun point. Well, not really at gun point, and not really robbed, but attempted robbery by a bandit who could not hear and from a store that didn't have any money.
Jump for the Flag Pole
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011. Category: Fiction
Mike Knapp would gaze at the top of the flag pole that stood outside his 4th floor office. It didn't look far. Maybe he could leap out the window and grab it. That was just a daydream until one morning when an accident in the parking garage set off a disastrous chain of events.
Another Blank Page
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,960. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2011. Category: Fiction
Tim was a writer, or at least he wanted to be a writer. He had an office with a view, a good computer, and a supportive wife. All he had as a writer, however, was a blank page, but not even a blank page - only a blank screen. In desperation, he goes to a McDonald's for coffee and finds his inspiration.
Like Charlie Dickens
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2011. Category: Fiction
An angel named Al visits Dave in his apartment. Al labels Dave a "loser," gives him several hundred million-dollar ideas, and then comes to the point of his visit.
I'm Going to Live
By Dwayne Phillips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Category: Fiction
John is lost on a desert road. Confused, dehydrated, and despaired, he lies down to die.
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