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 the ghost of a nine-pound westie.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I spend my time thinking I should be writing, or working my day job (IT project governance) and wishing I was writing. Sometimes I play music, or sing (karaoke), or read, or play Flipwords or Scrabble with my wife.

The largest part of my time is spent thinking (ideation). And thinking about thinking (intellection.)

It seems to be easy for me to overthink things...
How do you approach cover design?
There is artistry and pragmatism involved in my cover designs. I work with photographs for my covers, whatever I can find that's free (in the early days, I paid for photos, but I was spending more on the pictures that the book was making, so now I stay within the limitations of FREE until it makes sense to spend more.) I think of two or three scenes from the story, and look for photos with elements of those scenes, then construct whichever scene works best with the photos I've found.

Once the cover art is complete, I choose a font and color that works with it (I think I have a pretty good eye for this) and "feels" right for the story. I always have three text sections - the title in the middle, my by line at the bottom, and a teaser of sorts at the top. That's as close as I get to personal branding.

Collections are simpler - the covers of the included stories with a centered title and bottom by-line (I'm going to have to alter that pattern when I go to collections of collections - we shall see...)
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Books

Downtown Blues: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #2
Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,410. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Stories 4-6 of the Detective Jimmy Delaney series: The Scent of the Crime Something smells in Barnstow; can Jimmy use it to find the killer? Killing Them Softly Jimmy suspicious when his irresistible nemesis Diana hires him to solve several murders. Hard Times Johns are dying in Barnstow - bound to happen in a city where prostitution is a big part of the tourist industry, but not so many fast.
Goddesses
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,700. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A young man lands a seemingly perfect job serving a beach full of scantily clad women. But one should not be too eager to undertake labors proffered by goddesses. “Goddesses" is a speculative fiction short story.
The First Three 'Things I Could Get Out of My Mind'
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,960. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of eighteen short, speculative fictions by William Mangieri: Passed Life B.I.T. Through Her Eyes Business is Business A Dish Best Served Quiet! Sasqwhat? The View from Up Here Inheritance The Human Interface Riding the Devil Last Call 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
Some Kind of Luck
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Henry Jacob Dawes is a cab driver with an ear that keeps him out of trouble -- until he has a run-in with someone who has a different kind of luck. "Some Kind of Luck" is a speculative fiction short story.
Immortal
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Riddled with a more than terminal disease, Commander Solitaire considers an extreme way to protect the Earth. There's more than one way to be immortal. "Immortal" is a speculative flash fiction which borrows slightly from Richard III (see if you can spot the influence.)
The Collective is All
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,320. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Collective is ALL! At least that's what Abbe's been told, but events lead him to wonder if there might just be some intelligent life "out there." "The Collective Is All" is a short, speculative fiction.
Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,860. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Is anything really safe? Can we truly learn from history? What if you don’t know what you “know”? Is there ever a perfect match? Who decides which life is more worthy? Which should survive? These questions and others are posed in this collection of short speculative fictions. Stories included : The Pipes Good Luck! Ultimate Awareness Mating Rituals Obsolete Endangered (stories sold individually)
L-O-V-E Among the Stars
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A space traveler wakes too soon, and must leave the woman of his dreams to the ministrations of another, less-human caretaker. "L-O-V-E Among the Stars" is a speculative fiction of (with hints of a pop standard.)
Hard Times
Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney, Book 6. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,020. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Why are these things always so hard? Johns are dying in Barnstow. It was bound to happen eventually, in a city where legal prostitution is a big part of the tourist industry, but not so many so fast. And of course, if there are dead bodies in Barnstow, Detective Jimmy Delaney isn’t far away. “Hard Times" is a detective story with sci-fi elements, the sixth in the Detective Jimmy Delaney series.
Killing Them Softly
Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,500. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » General
In a strange series of coincidences, young women start dying in Barnstow. Detective Jimmy Delaney doesn't believe in coincidences - and he's doubly suspicious when his irresistible nemesis Diana hires him to solve the murders. But can he stop the killer before they strike again? “Killing Them Softly" is a detective story with sci-fi elements, and the fifth in the Detective Jimmy Delaney series.
The Scent of the Crime
Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,770. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Detective Jimmy Delaney finds himself involved in yet another murder. He knows something smells in Barnstow, but can he use that to find the killer? "The Scent of the Crime" is a speculative detective fiction, set slightly in the future, and the fourth in the Detective Jimmy Delaney series.
Obsolete
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
When we leave Earth, will we forget what it’s like to be human? Mr. Omega, the last unmodified "man", stands trial for unthinkingly preserving his own life over that of a superior being. “Obsolete" is a short, speculative fiction.
Mating Rituals
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » General
It’s been so long… Manti has only one night left on Cuniculus before she returns to Cesilli - why not spice up a paid hit with a little romance? “Mating Rituals" is a very short, speculative fiction.
More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,580. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
What is alien? What is reality? What’s beneath the surface? Is magic the new science? Are there universal truths? Can a dog ever get a fair shake? These questions and others are posed in this collection of short speculative fictions. Stories included : Finding Sanctuary #InWhoseReality? Dredging Things Up Behind the 8-Ball Gladius Saturday He Fed the Cat (stories available separately)
Solid People
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The afterlife is what you make of it. A run-in with Mr. Topp’s flatbed strands Sarah and her mother in Newbury. Despite her mother’s warnings about becoming attached to things, Sarah decides to spend her time with some Solid People. “Solid People" is a very short, speculative fiction – a mild, slightly romantic ghost story. (promotional preorder price good until release date)
Burial Details
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Be sure to bury your charges deep. An old farmer scraping by after the Sahrian invasion buries his most precious treasures to hide them from the aliens' "salvation". “Burial Details" is a short, speculative fiction.
The Pipes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,450. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Sometimes it's the little things… An unexpected extraterrestrial visitation has an adverse effect on a Texas farmer's well. Think twice before you drink the water – there’s something in the pipes. "The Pipes" is a short, speculative fiction.
Ultimate Awareness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Omnius has relied on his Ultimate Awareness to dominate the city as well as any supervillain could, but an interview with a prospective sidekick casts doubt on both his own limits and his career path. How much does he really know? "Ultimate Awareness" is a short, speculative fiction.
Behind the 8-Ball
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,880. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The clock is running down as humanity struggles to find a new home; they've opened a gate into the unknown, but need evidence that their new world is on the other side before they go through. Moses can provide that proof, but how could anyone besides his wife believe him? Sometimes, you have to take a leap of faith. "Behind the 8-Ball" is a short, speculative fiction.
Finding Sanctuary
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
After generations searching for a home, the colonists of The Promise think they've found a it. But is this seemingly perfect world where they'll find Sanctuary? (A bit of sci-fi, a pinch of fantasy, a slice of horror; a good mix of what makes up speculative fiction. Add in alien spiders - how can you go wrong?)
Cats of War I
Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,070. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Join Major Herc Tom on his early escapades and see how he became Champion of the Empire. Cats of War I contains the first three Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire stories: • Purr-Mission • Nipped in the Butt • Cat and Mouse (stories also available individually)
And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,920. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
How much can we change? Are we doomed to follow our ancestors example? Even when as children we refuse to listen? Who will author your destiny? Can you buy luck? What is worth dying for? These questions and others are posed in this collection of short speculative fictions. Stories included : The Red Barrens Dempsey’s Debut Look Both Ways The Final Ending? Close Enough The Wolves Will Come
You Can't Question the Dead
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » Undead
We take care of our own. A father gives some timely advice as he hopes to apprentice his son in the family business. Blood is thicker than water, but whose blood will it be? "You Can't Question the Dead" is a speculative flash (that means it's really short) fiction.
Good Luck!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 920. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Sometimes the best laid plans don't quite work out. With the Zavian Empire bearing down on Earth, The Chairman gives a final speech on the value of having a Plan B. "Good Luck!" is a flash (that means very short) speculative fiction.
Endangered
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,910. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Aliens create Hell on Earth in a plan to put Humanity on the endangered list. Sending in the park rangers to stop them may not be the best option - unless it's the only one. Sometimes the best laid plans can be derailed by the smallest of things. "Endangered" is a short speculative fiction.
Reflections
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
What are we, really - the sum of our parts, or something less? What if those parts are at odds with each other? How much control do we have over what we turn into? "Reflections" is a very short, speculative “flash” fiction.
Gladius
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
What security is there in the loyalty of slaves? Gladius has served his Betelgeusean owners faithfully since he was first abducted from Taurus, but he's about to find out that loyalty isn't always a two way street, and not all slaves are willing to settle for their lot. Maybe he’s not as bull-headed as he appears. "Gladius" is a short, speculative fiction.
Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,280. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
What is human? Is our memory reliable? What about the past? What comes after? Can we have it all? Will anyone even notice? These questions and others are posed in this collection of short speculative fictions. Stories included : Mutiny on the Star-Bound Reconcilable Differences New Antiques Dead End Jobs The Re-Entanglement of Grant Decker Anti-Social (stories also available individually)
#InWhoseReality?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Perception is reality. The all-conquering Veratis arrive on Earth, where they meet some unreal resistance. As in all wars, choosing the field of battle can determine the victor, and on this one appearances may be everything. "#InWhoseReality?" is a short, speculative fiction.
Cat and Mouse
Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Major Tom has plans this leave; this cat is finally going to get some much needed R&R with his mates. But recent additions to the household (including his Admiral father-in-law and an uppity mouse chef), as well as an unexpected visit from yet another enemy puts his whiskers in a twist. "Cat and Mouse" is a speculative fiction short story, third of his "Major Tom, Champion of the Empire" series,
Saturday He Fed the Cat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
It’s a dog’s life. What can a 9-pound westie do when faced with the injustices of a newly colonized world? Katy tries her darnedest, but learns that sometimes life just isn't fair, no matter what planet you're on. "Saturday He Fed the Cat" is a dog’s-eye view (and a short, speculative fiction.)
Dredging Things Up
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Some things should be left where they lie. A predatory gigolo tries to cut his losses by retrieving a discarded piece of jewelry his victim threw into a lake. What he finds instead has him wondering about the wisdom of seeking riches. "Dredging Things Up" is a short, speculative fiction.
The Final Ending
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Space pirates? Dragons? A princess? True love? Who writes this stuff? Faced with a seemingly immutable fate written by a hard-hearted author, what would you do? John Charming wants desperately to rescue his true love, but the creator of his particular story expects John to just sit back and accept his destiny. John has other plans. "The Final Ending?" is a short, speculative fiction.
New Antiques
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,300. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Tim Crabtree takes time out of his daily harassment by the local bullies to wonder why his new neighbors have built a forty-foot pole in their backyard. Are they trying to get hit by lightning? If he only knew... "New Antiques" is a short, speculative fiction, and is also available in the collection: Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
Dead End Jobs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Bryan Riggins doesn't know how long he's been drifting around, but he needs a change, and finds himself waiting in line for a job interview. But what waits for him behind that door? "Dead End Jobs" is a short, speculative fiction, and is also available in the collection: Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,980. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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
Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,860. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,810. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » 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.
Reconcilable Differences
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,160. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Memory is such a fleeting thing. Carl can't get anything straight, and he fails to keep track of what Madeline feels is important. She hasn't had much hope for their forty-six year marriage. What hope could there be, with all the irreconcilable differences in the way they each see things? Memory Replacement Therapy may be the answer. "Reconcilable Differences" is a short, speculative fiction.
Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,060. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » 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)
Anti-Social
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
With technology changing our social contacts into avatars we see through electronic windows, viewing the world through these windows can be carried to an extreme. Which of your connections really know you? A home body tries to break social convention and reach out into a world that's becoming less substantial. How do you make yourself real? "Anti-Social" is a short, speculative fiction.
Flee Markets
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » 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'
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,630. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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, and is also in the collection "Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
The Right Idea
Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,970. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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, and is in the collection "Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind."
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