Lane Diamond is the pen name for David Lane. He grew up in Algonquin, Illinois, where he graduated from Harry D. Jacobs High School in 1978. After a short college stint, he served in the U.S. Air Force at Ramstein AB, Germany, 1980-1982, and at Lowry AFB, Denver, CO, 1982-1983. For more, please visit his website and blog.
Tony stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster's release. Seventeen years after Norton, "the devil," terrorized Algonquin, Illinois on a spree of kidnapping, torture and murder, the authorities release the butcher from psychiatric prison. ~~~ "The devil" walks the world again. What shall Tony do about it? Aye, what indeed.
The sad and depressing Chicago ER has worn down Dr. Michael Sheehan. He wants more. He wants to make a difference. He wants to give back. And what goes around comes around. ~~~~~ Doctors Without Borders has just the spot for Doc Sheehan, and Pablo is glad Doc came. The local historian and storyteller believes in paying it forward, even if no one can understand quite how he pulled it off.
How does one cope with complete and utter loneliness? Imagine living in a world occupied by one - not another living creature. How could such a thing be possible? Doesn't matter. What matters is how Lawrence Steven Devane reacts when plunged into precisely this situation. ~~~~~ "The towering skyscrapers and menacing toys of man lay well behind me now, the shimmering skeleton of a dead metropolis."
This prison sentry is unlike any other. You don't want to cross him. Better that you should remain in your cell, follow the rules, and never get on his bad side.
Transgression comes at far too high a price.
Evolved Publishing presents a short mind-bending sci-fi story in "Paradox" by Lane Diamond. At about 2,700 words, this fun story is the perfect short diversion from your daily grind. ~~~ In the deepest, darkest reaches of space, one must fill the vacuum, the void, the emptiness. Yet do we humans have the "psychological stuff" for deep space travel? If not, we may end up like Ted.