John Walters

Biography

John Walters recently returned to the United States after thirty-five years abroad. He lives in Seattle, Washington. He attended the 1973 Clarion West science fiction writing workshop and is a member of Science Fiction Writers of America. He writes mainstream fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and memoirs of his wanderings around the world.

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Books

Reviews and Reflections on Books, Literature, and Writing
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,390. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Because I cannot imagine a life without books, reviews are an essential part of radiating who and what I am. Reading is a voyage of discovery. And though a true reader wants the freedom to discover new worlds without restriction, a map with a few landmarks is a useful tool to save time. Reviews are one way of fine-tuning your discernment, to ensure that your reading experience is time well spent.
Maze; Revenants; Chiaroscuro in Chalk: Three Fantasies
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Three dark fantasies. A traveler in the Himalayas trapped in a castle labyrinth must play a guessing game with death the penalty of failure. The undead arise from a surfing beach in California. A chalk drawing on a European sidewalk becomes a doorway into hell.
Sunflower: A Novel
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,710. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
In early 1970 Sunflower attends a rock concert at Altamont Speedway near San Francisco. Seeking a transcendent experience, she instead comes away covered in the blood of a man brutally stabbed to death in front of the stage. Disillusioned, she embarks upon an odyssey across an America torn by violence. Her quest leads her on a journey across continents.
The Ongoing Relevance of the Sixties and Seventies and Other Essays and Memoirs
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,930. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Category: Essay » Literature
Essays and memoirs on the sixties and seventies, rock music, writing, travel, science fiction, and other topics. Includes: "The Ongoing Relevance of the Sixties and Seventies", "A Tales of Two Jackets", "Reflections on The Who's Performance of Quadrophenia in San Diego, February 5th 2013", "Loneliness Versus Solitude", "Standing Up to Intimidation", "On Attending ConDor 2013, San Diego
Do You Fear Death? and Other Memoirs
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,190. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Memoirs on life, death, old age, family, travel, writing, and other topics. Includes: "Do You Fear Death?", "New York in the Summer", "It's Been a Long, Strange Trip", "Where You're Meant to Be", "The Cold", "Getting Old: A Journal; Part One: Scary Stuff", "Getting Old: A Journal; Part Two: Good Stuff".
Getting Out There and Other Essays on Writing
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,610. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Inspiration and insight for writers. Includes: "Getting Out There", "Staying Put", "Step By Step", "Endings", "On Exercise", "Reality Check", "The New Hack Writers", and "The Lepers of Literature".
My Emancipation Proclamation and Other Essays on Writing
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,330. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Category: Essay » Literature
Inspiration and insight for writers. Includes: "My Emancipation Proclamation", "Freedom", "Paper Dragons", "The Elusive Pursuit of Literary Fame and Fortune", "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Writer", "One True Reader", "The Tortoise Manifesto", "What it's Like to Self-Publish".
Portals: A Fantasy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Abruptly, without any warning, portals to another dimension opened up all over the world. Hundreds of thousands entered; none returned. Now, months later, one representative exits each portal with a message. The doorways lead to a better world, and whoever wishes to enter must do so quickly, as the portals will soon disappear forever.
Opting Out: A Story of the Road
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,640. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
It is the near future, and due to easier availability of alternative energy, fossil fuels are becoming outlawed. Fleeing south along the coastal highway from state government threats to confiscate the gasoline-fueled camper-van he lives in, a homeless man comes across a seemingly-idyllic communal refuge for homeless people set up by a philanthropic dot-com billionaire.
A Gathering of Shadows and Evermore: Two Fantasies
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,050. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Two fantasies of strange and wondrous visions: A man comes out of a coma to warn of an attack of shadow creatures that only the comatose can see. And... A woman travels back in time to offer Edgar Allen Poe a chance for a new start in the future.
Slug: A Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In a decimated post-apocalyptic suburb, a couple stumbles upon a deranged gamer who forces them into a virtual competition whose consequence is real physical death for the loser.
The Precedent: A Near-Future Fantasy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Legal
When his mother sues him for his wasted life, a homeless man becomes a national phenomenon.
The One Thousand: Book Two: Team of Seven
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,480. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In the late 1960s a team composed of humans and benevolent aliens hunt for murderous, alien-possessed convicts with enhanced powers who have escaped from prison.
The One Thousand: A Novella
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,460. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
It is the late 1960s... What better place than prison to recruit psychopathic killers? So thinks Benny, possessed by a thousand alien entities which he intends to share around with the other inmates before unleashing a murderous rampage. Only William Stafford, a Vietnam War veteran, can stop him. But to do so he has to break back into the prison he has just escaped from...
America Redux: Impressions of the United States After Thirty-Five Years Abroad
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,240. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
In 1976 John Walters left the United States in search of adventure and literary inspiration. He lived for many years in India, Bangladesh, Italy, and Greece. Finally, faced with the economic catastrophe in Greece and the lack of opportunities for his sons, he returned to the land of his birth. Without home, without job, without resources, he confronted his own country as if for the first time.
The Misadventures of Mama Kitchen: A Novel
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,230. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
In the late 1960s a hippy girl leaves her middle-class home and wanders first to a wilderness commune, then to Haight/Ashbury, and finally to Woodstock. On the way she encounters many strange characters. Though often disillusioned, she believes hippies should unite to create a better world. It's a wild tale: sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes violent, sometimes sexy, always extreme.
After the Rosy-Fingered Dawn: A Memoir of Greece
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,230. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Greece has always been regarded as the birthplace of western civilization and a Mediterranean paradise. In The Iliad and The Odyssey Homer uses the magical epithet rosy-fingered dawn to describe the sunrise over a land of myth, fascination, and mystery. But when preconceptions and illusions are swept aside, what is Greece really like?
The Perspicacity of Soaring Eagle
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 5,490. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
After a devastating fireflood the Earth has been newly terraformed. Soaring Eagle, searching for the spirits of his ancestors, finds a frigid island in the far north inhabited by huge bears which are supposed to be docile but have turned savage. Then a woman arrives who is bent on avenging a past wrong. A quest for fulfillment becomes a struggle for survival.
Noah and the Fireflood
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
After the Earth's atmosphere ignites and burns and the surface of the Earth is destroyed, with the help of an enigmatic genius called the Time Tiger a young woman travels backward in time in a desperate attempt to save the Earth's fauna from extinction.
Tasting the Forbidden Fruit, or, If This is Hell Then Why is Everyone Smiling?
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Aliens finally arrive, landing at many locations, wandering about as if tourists, ignoring humans. In the aftermath of their departure cults spring up of devotees awaiting their return. Years later an apostate re-enters one such commune to which his wife has returned, to persuade her to come away with him again. What he encounters is a bizarre, deteriorating culture of unrequited longing.
Generation Gap
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In the aftermath of a conflict in which all adults are killed or driven away by their progeny, children and teens roam the streets of a ruined city. When they near the age of 21 they must play the ultimate game, snuff sport, to prevent themselves from becoming hated adults. When a lone grown-up re-enters the city, he is captured and put on trial for his life.
Life After Walden
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In a future gone over to virtual simulations, a man escapes to Walden Pond, site of Henry David Thoreau's classic "Walden". When a group of friends, thinking him unbalanced, come to bring him home, they are instead one by one pulled into the simple reality of the natural life. Then a relative takes a more violent approach to make them all see reason.
Dark Mirrors: Dystopian Tales
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,280. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
These tales offer terrifying glimpses of Earth's future gone wrong. From the author's afterword: "Dark literature is not meant to overwhelm us. It is meant to purge us, to provide catharsis. It is a cleansing and purifying process. We must be aware of the evil within before we can clean it out."
Brown-Eyed Girl: A Romance of the Future
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In the future all prisons have become redundant. An old man who has spent most of his adult life behind bars, abruptly set free into a strange new world he does not comprehend, sets out to search for the girl he once loved.
The Earth-Born: A novelette of the future
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,490. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A fireflood brought on by the wars of humanity has devastated Earth, and an island on the newly terraformed world is being used as a penal colony. When a representative arrives to offer the prisoners' children who have come of age a chance at relocation and education at an off-world facility, he and the children are hunted by the disgruntled prisoners.
Dark Mirrors: A Story of Alien Invasion
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Price: Free! Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The people of Earth are losing a war with aliens that they themselves provoked. Everyone is being called up to fight, even prisoners; those who refuse are threatened with dismemberment to provide spare parts for wounded soldiers. A battle-hardened general enters a prison to recruit a woman who refuses to fight, but who may have a most unusual special ability that can turn the tide of the war.
Downloading Catherine: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,190. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A man journeys across the post-apocalyptic landscape of Asia and the Mid-East to Europe to attempt to construct a replicate of his lost loved one.
This Won't Hurt A Bit: A Story of the Future
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
An accidental malfunction causes a teacher to discover that a microchip had been implanted within her forehead, causing her to lose her power of individual decision-making and become manipulated by the government. She determines to rescue the orphaned children in her care from a similar fate.
Basketball as a Metaphysical Experience: A Memoir
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Basketball can be much more important than simple recreation, as evinced in this autobiographical essay by the author of the memoir "World Without Pain: The Story of a Search". It can give you stability, depth, creativity, and peace of mind.
Love Children: A Novel
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,300. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In the mid-1970s the Love Children, raised from birth by benevolent aliens, come home to Earth. Sexually free, telepathic and honest to the extreme, they find that the world they left behind is full of darkness and deceit. As they set about using their extraordinary powers to bring light and unity back to their world, they run up against a sinister alien force intending to keep it in darkness.
Painsharing and Other Stories
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,370. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In these gripping science fiction tales John Walters explores possible futures on Earth and other worlds.
The Coma Killings
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,180. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Detective Steven Stone has a secret: he is an alien disguised as a human. While searching for missing persons of his own kind, he stumbles onto a group of rogue aliens bent on taking over and using human bodies for their own pleasure, thus killing the humans in the process. Somehow he must foil their plans without becoming one of their victims himself.
Beyond Purgatory
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
On a far planet the ultimate civil punishment is to be genetically deformed into a monstrous beast and forced to live in the forbidden compound called Purgatory as slaves of the State. When authorities arrest and condemn the woman he loves, Justus determines to find and save her, even if he must search Purgatory itself.
Fearful Symmetry
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,930. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Visitors from Earth sent to a far planet to re-establish contact with an isolated colony discover that a group of white tigers with enhanced intelligence are terrorizing the locals. One of the visitors saves a young crippled girl from a tiger attack, and then while escorting her back to her distant village realizes that they are being hunted.
The Left-Handed League: A Conspiracy Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,330. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Long has the Left-Handed League been a shining light against majority right-handed prejudice and discrimination. Now in the face of a new threat of government-enforced ambidexterity, the League must fight, or face extinction.
The Lost Poem
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Price: Free! Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
This is an excerpt from the memoir "World Without Pain: The Story of a Search". In the 1970s, while hitchhiking through southeastern Iran on his way to India, another traveler stole Walters' passport. Forced to return to Tehran, totally broke, he begged on the streets for weeks while trying to obtain a new one. The lost poem arose from his despair.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Sadhu
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
This is an excerpt from the memoir "World Without Pain: The Story of a Search". In the 1970s, as a young writer hungering for experience, Walters journeyed from Sri Lanka through India and into the Himalayas in Nepal. Near-penniless and alone, high in the mountains, he was confronted with a life-changing choice.
World Without Pain: The Story of a Search
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,020. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
In the mid-1970s Walters hit the road, first to Europe, then to the Indian Subcontinent. He sampled Buddhism and radical Christianity; he wandered alone in the Himalayas; he listened to strange gurus spouting stranger doctrines. As he traveled onward he became fascinated with the road itself. He wondered what it was that gave the road its alluring power, and forsook everything else to find out.
The New World
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,420. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In post-apocalyptic Sicily a megalomaniac has taken over one of the last outposts of an interstellar colonization program, and organized crime has assumed political control of the island. A man caught in the middle of these conflicts struggles to save his wife and with her join a team making one last effort to reach the stars.
State of Grace
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Sister Mary Grace is part of a group of nuns who have settled in isolation on a far planet to devote themselves to prayer for humankind. When she is sent on an errand of mercy she realizes that in the guise of another colonist evil has followed her even to this remote place, and that it lusts after her and seeks to trap her in a horrifying prison.
The Orpheus Equation: An Adventure at the Solar System's Edge
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,860. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
At the edge of the solar system an interstellar spacecraft is ordered by an unknown power to change course and fly to Pluto; when it refuses to comply the entire crew is mysteriously killed. An unlikely team goes to investigate and discovers a life-or-death conundrum stranger than anything they could have imagined.
Painsharing: A Fable of the End of Days
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Price: Free! Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In the far future the Earth is about to be consumed by its bloated red sun. What requiem should be offered for a dying world?
Leilani: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
After nuclear war, a survivor of the monster-populated ruins of Oakland California joins the crew of a clipper ship sailing the waters of the Pacific. A typhoon shipwrecks him on a tropical island whose inhabitants share a bizarre secret.
Under Calcutta
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Calcutta has a problem with rats and bubonic plague and the authorities have called in the World's foremost extermination expert to deal with it. But he finds out that the rats are not just rats, and the problem is much worse than anyone imagined.
The Touchstone
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,810. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A woman named Haroula, tormented by her past, journeys to a far planet to seek the Touchstone, who is rumored to be able to discern ultimate truth. When she encounters the Touchstone and the strange creatures called glims that surround him, she is confronted with a far stranger truth than she had thought possible.
Star Over Babylon
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Spiros, a student of history, returns to the past to solve the mystery of exactly how Alexander the Great died. He finds an old man who tells him the story of an alien encounter that changed the great Alexander's life forever.
The Golden Ones Who Work Miracles
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Rajiv, born without limbs, spends his days begging in the Bombay streets. But when amazing golden beings alight from a spacecraft and grant him the gift of arms and legs, he finds that coping with his new mobility is not as easy as he always imagined it would be.
The Dragon Ticket - A Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,990. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Presented with an extraordinary gift by an alien artifact high in the remote Himalayas, Michelle must learn how to use her new power, as nuclear war plunges the world into chaos.
Clear Shining After Rain
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
While trying to protect his family in Bangladesh in the aftermath of global war, Razak has a life-changing encounter with strange beings who mysteriously appear to help restore order out of chaos.
Ceasefire
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,170. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Trapped in the mountains in southeast India as nuclear war erupts, separated from his family, deteriorating mentally and physically, David Holcroft must find his lost grandchildren, as an alien signal intended to suppress hostilities has unexpected side effects on both animals and humans.
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