Yes, I was a cog in the industrial machine, grinding out reams of technical and business writing to support the once mighty American manufacturing colossus. But something happened in the early spring of 1995 – a bolt of lightening from the god of letters. “Fiction,” She said. Bit-by-bit I tried it, a little more each year till it became for me the quixotic enterprise it is today. Yet, I can’t complain, though my family may from time-to-time, because I found in this experience a liberation of style and content that is very appealing, drawing me into a new kind of grinding – a love/hate enterprise that wears the repetitive trudge down to fine dust.
Recognition for my short stories (in descending chronological order):
• “One Dish at a Time” – Honorable mention in the 2007 New Millennium Writings Short-short Story Contest.
• “Mentors” – Honorable mention in the 2006 New Millennium Writings Short Story Contest
• “What Will You Do for Me Yesterday?” – Published in the 2005 Dan River Anthology and was in the top five out of 75 submissions to Jerry Jazz Musician Magazine, June 2004 short story contest.
• “A Rock by Moon World” – Honorable mention in the SpecFicWorld.com’s 2005 Speculative Fiction Contest magazine out of 93 entries.
• “Where’s Jason” – Finalist in the 2005 Abroad Short Story Writing Contest. All finalist attended workshops & lectures given by Michael Bishop, Dan Chaon, Margaret Drabble, Anne LeClaire and Margaret George in Bourdeilles, France.
• “Experiments of the Mad Chemist” – Semi-finalist in the 2005 New Millennium Writings Short Story Contest.
• “In an Instant” – In the top five in Jan. 2005 Jerry Jazz Musician short story contest.
• “Numbers Four and Five” – In the top 10 out of 90+ submissions to Jerry Jazz Musician Magazine, March 2004 short story contest.
• “Stones, New and Old” – Honorable mention in the Whim’s Place on-line short-short story contest, May 2004 and published online 2004 by Whim’s Place.
• ”Theraxis Comes to Visit” – In the top 14 for the SpecFi World magazine 2nd quarter 2004 short fiction contest and was in top 10% out of 1200 entries in the 18th Consecutive New Millennium Writing competition closing July 2004
• “Flying Flowers” – In the top ten in the September 2004 Jerry Jazz Musician short story contest.
My body of work (Fiction only):
v Four full-length novels under my copyright –
ÿ Project 334 – The first person to leave the solar system discovers and attempts to understand a battered civilization. His presence generates conflict (this is the first expedition.) – unpublished.
ÿ Cerulea – A History of the Second Expedition – A pregnant female Robinson Crusoe-type story. She raises her children & incestuously created grand children alone on a forbidding planet – unpublished.
ÿ Outhouse by the Moon – A series of murders at a small midwestern university by a Christian doomsday cult of prominent citizens leads to revelations of a terrible conspiracy – unpublished.
ÿ A Rock by Moon World – Two twelve-year-olds discover a Lilliputian world ripped apart by war. They save them from the rages of a maniacal leader – published on Kindle. Based on my short story of the same name.
v Completed short stories – This is an eclectic assortment of over 40 stories with different styles, themes and character portraits ranging in length from 240 to 40,000 words.
v I have other novels short stories and poems in various stages of completion, including sequels to Project 334 /Cerulea and A Rock by Moon World.
Where to find Harden Taylor online
The Children of Cerulea
“Be careful what you wish for,” a saying so appropriate for the Sarast family. They are the only humans on the verdant, primitive and dangerous planet of Cerulea. The third generation has just arrived, turning the once brave adventurer to harried grandma, while Mother Nature rages, children bicker, memories ache and the first signs of wrinkles appear. And then there's the Sphere.
A Cerulean Hug
This lonely voyage was to be her grand and unique adventure of discovery, perhaps the greatest single step toward understanding the possibilities of life ever taken by human beings. Yet betrayal and human error combined to force her to make a bitter choice between the pain, risk and loss of survival on the one hand or the relief and certainty of death on the other.
No matter what the feeling - no matter pain, joy or blind indifference, the tangle within will come undone and truth will be revealed.
Swim in the Lake of Fire
It seemed like swimming in a calm, cool lake. I hardly noticed them disappear, one at a time, here and there for no common reason I could see until suddenly, the benign water roiled, turned to fire and the evil vision rose in full view.
She wondered how it could possibly be that something mortal and imperfect could come from the residence of the Gods. Was it a message? A warning? Retribution for some unstated sin? Or, most shockingly something not encompassed by the Seven Books? She would be forced to know when the thing from between the stars arrived.
A Rock by Moon World
A young person’s adventure novel with 14 cartouche drawings written in the pictograph language of the inhabitants visited by 12-year-olds Lisa and Charlie invite your speculations. This story explores that delicate age where childhood gives way to adolescence for two lovable misfits within the context of a dangerous adventure.
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