William Mangieri

Biography

William Mangieri is a karaoke junkie, former theater student, and recovered wargamer who spends as much time wondering "what if?" as "why not?". He writes from Texas, where he and his family live at the mercy of their nine-pound westie.

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Books

Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 22,980. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Six stories that teach us: It’s hard to be left behind. You need memory to be brain-washed. One man’s possession is another’s salvation. Little things make all the difference. It’s amazing what you find at flee markets. Careful what you smoke. Includes: Bugging Out The Unreliability of the Mature Mind My Brother's Keeper The Black Spot Flee Markets Canabis alienus 'alien dope'
Dempsey's Debut
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
How would you like to be abducted by alien mantises for some live entertainment, and that just because of your namesake? Jack Dempsey feels 'boxed' in when he's forced to carry on the family name, and certainly doesn't want to become part of the Krills' warped mating ritual. It’s hard to live up to your ancestors. "Dempsey's Debut is a short, speculative fiction.
Close Enough
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Could a Messier object be any messier? A government server glitch leaves Max Keppler no time to react to the comet barreling toward his and Rebecca's asteroid claim. See Max deal with an uppity A.I., an unhelpful helpdesk, and a comet named Napoleon as he works to minimize the impact of this sudden impact on their already shaky relationship. “Close Enough" is a speculative fiction short story.
The Red Barrens
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
"You have been found a vagrant, and will be remanded to civil authorities." This pronouncement following her husband's death from Agent Purple puts Mabel Jeffers on the Edge, where she's forced to play her part in terraforming a resistant planet with that same Agent Purple. But there are things that are worse than death - things that could drive her over The Edge and into The Barrens...
The Wolves Will Come
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
How will you answer when they are at your door? The Tribe is leaving their world for a new home, but Bear is too old to make the journey. It is of no real consequence – neither is it in him to run from his enemies, nor to abandon his heart’s home. He waits for the Exiled to find him - but will age and the wolves get to him first? "The Wolves Will Come" is a speculative fiction short story.
The Re-Entanglement of Grant Decker
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Are we simply the sum of the choices we’ve made? Grant can't keep his reality in focus. His daughter thinks he's having senior moments, but he knows that's not it - those voices he's hearing just don't care how embarrassing they make things. He's never been one to talk to himself, but maybe it's time. How else will he know if his life is coming apart or coming together? What does it add up to?
Broken Down: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #1
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 24,270. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Detective Jimmy Delaney stories 1-3: In a Flash Jimmy gets an implant to stay a cop – what could be the harm? Mixed Signals Jill files for divorce, he’s busted down from detective, and the prosecutor is after him. Things couldn’t get any worse, could they? The Right Idea Jimmy's divorce has swallowed his fortune. What would Jimmy do without the city's thriving blackmail industry?
Mutiny on the Star-Bound
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 11,810. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
How would you like to be shanghaied to the stars? Does whether you’re human or not make a difference? Martin Henshaw, a digital mechanic is tricked into a job with Transgalaxian, tending cybers far from home. But when he finds himself in the middle of a mutiny on the Star-Bound, Martin begins to wonder: who’s rebelling against whom? "Mutiny on the Star-Bound" is a science fiction novelette.
Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 22,060. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
It’s mind altering to allow others into yours. What do you do once they’re there? What if they take over? You can’t escape your past. Or your parents. Maybe if you work off-world… Six short, speculative fictions: In Robert’s Memory My Reality Show The Body Choosing the Right Time The Sheila Wulf Chitinoid Sessions Thank You for Your Interest In XenCorp (stories available individually)
Flee Markets
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Small town summer doldrums can leave your imagination wanting to flee away with you, taking you to far-away places - or maybe even bringing them to you for a time. Samantha Sanger has a chance encounter with a slightly disreputable merchant and learns that the limits to what you can be sold go beyond cold heard cash. Purveyors of controlled artifacts must choose their customers carefully.
Cannabis Alienus 'alien dope'
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,630. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Be careful what you smoke. L.D. had always been an unapologetic pot-head, but something has gone wrong and he's fallen off the radar. Eric returns home for what he thinks is going to be a simple intervention, but turns into... something else. "Cannabis alienus ‘alien dope’" is a speculative fiction.
The Right Idea
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Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney, Book 3. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 8,800. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When Jimmy left the force and became a private eye, he expected to be living the life of Riley. A few months later, and the dust still hasn't had time to settle from the Preiss and Simms murders, but Jimmy's ongoing divorce swallowed his imagined riches. What would Jimmy do without the city's thriving blackmail industry? "The Right Idea" is a detective story with sci-fi elements.
My Brother's Keeper
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
What would you be willing to do to save a soul from oblivion? Abduction? Possession? Murder? A space traveler lands on a primitive planet, and contends with the backwards philosophy of some brown-robed brethren as he tries to rescue his own brother's spirit. "My Brother's Keeper" is a short, speculative fiction.
The Black Spot
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 910. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
On a routine shift, one of the miners is exposed to something...different. The company doctor says it's just in his head, and he's right, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. There may be a Workman's Comp claim here… "The Black Spot" is a VERY short (570 word) speculative flash fiction.
The Unreliability of the Mature Mind
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,960. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Can mind control work on someone who can’t control their own mind? It's frustrating to deal with the inconsistencies of dimentia and it's effects on maturing minds, but what if our defense against a future invader depended on that unreliability. "The Unreliability of the Mature Mind" is a short, speculative fiction.
Nipped in the Butt
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Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire, Book 2. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 8,140. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
More intrigue as a familiar hallucinogen finds its way into Ramses society. Are their long-time adversaries behind it? Time for Major Tom to save the Empire again… “Nipped in the Butt” is the 2nd story in William Mangieri’s “Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire” series.
More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 22,670. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of six more short, speculative fictions by William Mangieri, which ask: When do we cease to be human? Are the voices in my head a bad thing? Is it possessions or possession? What possessed me? How far am I willing to go? How do I get out of this game? Includes: Sasqwhat? The View From Up Here Inheritance The Human Interface Riding the Devil Last Call
Bugging Out
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Change is hard to deal with under the best of circumstances, but what do you do when everything you know seems to be disappearing around you? A lonely, cantankerous shopkeeper struggles to keep what’s left of his world. “Bugging Out" is a science fiction / fantasy short story.
Thank You for Your Interest in XenCorp
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In this perpetual economic down-turn, who in their right mind would restrict their job search pool to local employers only? Broaden your possibilities. Some companies only off-shore – consider off-worlding! "Thank You for Your Interest in XenCorp“ is a flash (that means very short) speculative fiction, and is also available in the collection "Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
My Reality Show
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The voices may be in your head, but that doesn’t mean they’re not real… Convinced that there’s something else going on in there, a man decides to lay down the rules of engagement for his own First Contact. "My Reality Show" is a very short, speculative flash-fiction, and is also available in the collection "Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
The Sheila Wulf Chitinoid Sessions
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The things you run into in space… Fresh from the University, Sheila Wulf thinks she's made her mark when she discovers an alien species, but her fifteen minutes of xenopological fame seems to be wasted on a tribe of uncooperative crabs. Could anything be worse? Try working for her. "The Sheila Wulf Chitinoid Sessions" is available in the collection "Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
Choosing the Right Time
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,860. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Who hasn't thought about how different their life would be, if only they had made this choice instead of that one? If there was a way to start over - if this one thing over here hadn't happened? If only...? A young man finds out that no matter how amazing a technology can be, there are no simple fixes, and is available in the collection "Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind." "Choosin
In Robert's Memory
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,780. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
It happens to us all – one day we discover we’re not as perfect as we thought we were, and we have to learn to function with that fact. An interplanetary tourist ship runs into it's own version of an iceberg; it's up to R0B3rt to ensure its passengers’ survival. Careful - you spend enough time around people and they’re bound to rub off on you. "In Robert's Memory" is a short speculative fiction.
The Body
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A long-suffering, social-climbing son deals with more than the usual embarrassment of misbehaving parents, hoping to find acceptability in the certainty of their demise. If some things would just stay buried... “The Body” is a short, speculative fiction, and is also available in the collection "Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
Sasqwhat?
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 8,020. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
It's bad enough that people treated Ben like a freak - now he’s seen something bigger and hairier than he is hiding in the Arkansas woods, and he needs to find it to prove that he’s no crazier than anyone else. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re made of until it’s staring you in the face… This speculative novelette is also available in the collection "More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
Riding The Devil
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,120. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
With his town running from one strange frontier to another as they elude their abductors, Aaron Walker is forced to risk all to fulfill his destiny. “Riding The Devil" is a science fiction / fantasy story with a western steampunk flavor, and is also available in the collection "More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
The View From Up Here
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Faced by life-altering news, a man stands on the edge of the abyss, looks out over his life, and ponders his future. Talking to yourself can be something quite different when you’re possessed of two minds. "The View From Up Here" is a flash (very short) speculative fiction, and is also available in the collection "More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
Inheritance
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When Amun discovers that his family is connected to power, wealth and infamy, he enlists a friend to help him get his share. But does he really want the ancient inheritance that’s coming to him? Inheritance is a sci-fi/fantasy short story, and is also available in the collection "More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
Last Call
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Mike could have been a priest - instead of serving sinners from behind a screen, he’s hearing them from behind a bar. Some devil's unleashed Hell on Earth, and there’s no stopping it. But devils can be a matter of perspective, and this is a confession makes Mike wonder about his career. Available in the collection "More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
Mixed Signals
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Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney, Book 2. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 11,170. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Nothing is going Jimmy’s way. Jill had moved to Portland and filed for divorce. Sure, Jimmy should have never gotten that illegal jack, but how was he to know that the Yons would use it to make him kill Eddie? The prosecutor made a deal with the woman responsible, and the whole city thinks he's dirty. Things couldn’t get any worse. Or could they? “Mixed Signals” is the sequel to “In a Flash”.
The Human Interface
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,560. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Customer support can be Heaven, but most of us remember when it’s like - the other place. We all have had to deal with difficult, unreasonable people in our lives. Often the system turns them into demons, but sometimes they start out that way. Possession may be nine tenths of the law, but not when it comes to software. Also available in the collection "More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
Purr Mission
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Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Major Tom’s dander is up. His cub is dying of the Morient Virus, and he knows their sworn enemies are responsible (the Baastards!), but bureaucats order him not to go to their planet to recover the antidote. Well, it’s easier to beg forgiveness than to ask purrmission. Purr Mission is a science fiction short story, and the first story in the “Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire” series.
Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 16,440. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A man finds himself in the wrong past. Changing DNA affects relationships. A misunderstanding leads to closeness. A disagreeable agreement. A 5-course meal that brooks no criticism. Aliens encounter noisy neighbors. Six short speculative fictions. Includes: Passed Life B.I.T. Through Her Eyes Business is Business A Dish Best Served Quiet! (stories available individually)
Through Her Eyes
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
They say that we're blinded by love, but sometimes it's the only thing that can light the darkness. Jennie had a surprise planned for Pete, but Pete had one for her, too. Things aren’t always what they seem. "Through Her Eyes" is a Paranormal Fantasy short story, and is also available in the collection "Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
Quiet!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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It's been 40 years since men last visited the moon. Since then it feels like we've abandoned manned space exploration. What if that's not all we abandoned? I've taken some liberties with the Apollo 17 transcripts, but this is fiction, right? "Quiet!" is also available in the collection "Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
A Dish Best Served
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A self-aggrandizing faux-French intergalactic food critic runs afoul of a prideful chef, and gets an unexpected lesson in alien cuisine, living, and manners. If you can’t say something nice... "A Dish Best Served" is also available in the collection "Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
B.I.T.
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,080. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A man with a life-altering, gene-hacking virus must decide whether to accept his new existence, or try to regain his old identity. As often happens, we must wonder: what are we willing to give up to be cured? (BIT is a VERY SHORT sci-fi flash story, and is also available in the collection "Things I Could Get Out of My Mind.")
Business Is Business
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this fairytale taken from a different perspective, an honest craftsman enters into an agreement, but soon finds himself ensnared in the machinations of a voluptuous gold-digger. Then she has a child and declares it’s his. No, wait, it’s not quite the way it sounds; this is Rumpelstiltskin we’re talking about. This story is also available in the collection "Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
In A Flash
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Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Jimmy was a good cop, but age and changing times were getting the better of him. If he could only get an edge, take advantage of some of that new-fangled tech - what would be the harm? I mean, everybody cheats a little, don’t they? Just be careful not to get caught… "In a Flash" is a sci-fi/crime short story, the first in the Detective Jimmy Delaney series, and prequel to "Mixed Signals"
Passed Life
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,190. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Talk about an identity crisis! Ed thought he had a good handle on who he was - but a family death, adoption, phone calls from the past, and time travel can really mess with your sense of self. Sometimes it's better to leave the past alone… Passed Life is a science fiction short story, and is also available in the collection "Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."