A Chicago-area author of short stories, novellas, songs and poems, Frank Severino also has several 6-chapter, unfinished novel starts in-queue; each as brazenly-immodest, free-thinking, frolicking, hallucinogen-fueled and bare-chested as hippies stuck waist-deep in the mud at Woodstock. (We eagerly anticipate exposure of their second halves.)
A fan of Murakami, Kotzwinkle and Vinge, he values humor, sarcasm, cynicism, passion, research, philosophy, extended dialogue, surrealism and science fiction. He has written and recorded over one-hundred songs solo and with his band The Longlines. Frank is a Beatles fan, plays guitar, sings and is learning drums. He used to paint a bit and once lived in a tent for six weeks (don’t ask). Though he has seldom lived more than twenty miles from where he was born, he is deeply convinced humanity will inevitably spread to distant star systems (and is not even slightly optimistic we will leave any baggage behind).
(5.00 from 1 review)
A boss-employee relationship is strained to the breaking point, as a moral debate ensues over the lab's latest creation. A hilarious, satirical take on near-future global finance, warfare, and economic disparity.
A man in the middle of a mid-life crisis pulls to the side of the road and has an odd epiphany which delivers new purpose for the "second half". Sometimes the answer to nagging questions is an absurd solution, and a life unexamined may decide to explain itself at an inopportune moment.
A Dinger in the Bay
A washed-up pitcher finds love and redemption via a hurled can of humble soup. Refusing to obey signals cost him his career, once--but this time--a bean ball is exactly what's called for, and the signs all make sense. Making a hero often requires a "zero" to balance the equation. Frankie Torinaddo gets to see life from both sides of the fence.
Of Rats and Men
A dramatic "down the rabbit hole" excursion involving a jeweler, a thief and a rat. This novelette by Frank Severino runs the gambit of existential queries and twists of fate. It plunges the reader down a dark flume and delivers bright resolution from unlikely sources.
Mars is a Bummer, Man
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
You can take people off earth, but can you take the earth out of people? Humanity's first mission to Mars hits a nasty speed bump. Personality, passion and persuasion form a deadly triangle on the first Martian colony. This novelette by Frank Severino cynically explores notions of character, class, human expansion, legacies and what the future might regrettably consider historically valuable.
Instability Over La Cocina de Casillas
An ambulance-chasing lawyer and newspaper columnist pursuing double entendre headlines are first to meet alien visitors in a sleepy Arizona town. Humorous negotiations ensue as these aliens are "not quite" as couth as one might expect a star-faring species to be.
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