You Can Call Me Al

This stranger named Al (who is actually an android) befriends a boy named Johnny after school and takes him on an incredible journey where he would meet his father whom he has no memory of. This story spans gateways into different dimensions. Johnny is very suspicious of Al at first but Al eventually gains his trust. More

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About Doug Rains

I was reading science fiction and fantasy since grammar school. One of my true desires was to write a science fiction story of my own, but I never did until I was in the United States Army and wrote "The Mobius Strip"'.

In college I was not very good in my English composition classes (I got C's and D's). So I convinced myself I couldn't write a story that would be suitable for publication.

But years later the Mobius Strip came to life. It was about an eccentric professor/inventor and a college student and their voyage across the universe.

However once I wrote it I felt I had done what I always wanted to do, so the Mobius Strip was tucked away and forgotten.

In 2003 I saw an ad in a local journal soliciting sci-fi writers. The name of the company was Proxima Centuri Anthology located in St. Petersburg. Florida. They wanted stories about androids and robots.

I then became inspired to write again!

I would stay up all night on weekends writing my new story. It was about a robot with a human consciousness that was deemed obsolete by the present society of Earth and that robot's struggle to maintain its existence. The title of the story was ‘The Mouth of the Beast.”

The chief editor of the Proxima Centuri Anthology read my story and really enjoyed it, the manuscript was sent back to me edited with some revisions, and suggested changes.

I made the required changes and returned it.

I also wrote another short story that my family thought was one of my best. It was about an astonishing beautiful female android that 'fell to earth'. The name of the story in ‘Have you seen Alice?’

The editor sent me a letter stating that he was going through some health problems and would have to abandon the project. My stories were trashed and I was mesmerized,

But nevertheless I kept writing, I had the bug and it would not turn me loose.

Both ‘The Mouth of the Beast’ and ‘Have you seen Alice’ were published along with my third story The Timeliner. ‘You can call me Al.” is my 4th.

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