While serving as a husky young MP in Europe, noted sci-fi author Bill Burkett kept a diary of his misadventures, encounters, romances, and sightseeing. Later, he turned them into what he calls Brautigans, so named after a writer named Richard Brautigan whose short story style he admired. Many of these stories never made it into collections of Burkett’s work, so he refers to them as "orphans."
If the armadillo hadn’t crossed the moonlit road at that specific moment in 1967, the newlywed couple would not have died in a car crash. The 3092 search algorithm would not have substituted a perfect clone for the husband in the moment of his fiery death. He would not have been taken out of Time to be trained for a lethal mission by the last, best leader of the Terran Service....
Bill Burkett has spent a good portion of his life hunting ducks. All the while he kept personal diaries that describe those memorable outings along with recalling the high points of his journalistic career. If you are a duck hunter you’re sure to identify with the exhilaration of these tales of being out in the fresh air with a good dog and a gun.
Up in the Pacific Northwest, folks whisper about big hairy human-like creatures they call skooks. A down-on-his-luck ex-newspaperman's son is kidnapped by one of these mysterious creatures. The boy is “marked” and the mysterious visitors will come back for him. Is a 30.06, a trusty dog, and an elephant bell enough to protect his family? Maybe not.
For Bill Burkett, life has been an extended series of duck hunts. Here are his personal diaries that describe memorable hunts along with the high points of his journalistic career. Any hunter will identify and find these tales as exhilarating as taking down that first bluebill, canvasback, or greenwing teal.
The career of a newspaper journalist told as a series of short stories, each more fascinating than the one before. This saga of a reporter’s career is real enough to be true. A roman à clef? A memoir? Never mind, just let former newspaper gypsy Bill Burkett tell you his stories.
Ever read a story that made the hairs on your arms stand up? Well, get ready for a few unexpected chills as you read this new collection of short stories from the pen of William R. Burkett, Jr. Each of these stories are slightly off-center, just enough to be … unsettling.
Seattle private eye Eddie Hummel gets called onto the case of a family with a missing twenty-year-old daughter. However, there’s more to the Filmore family than meets the eye. Here, in the hardboiled ’70s, Hummel puts his sleuthing skills into high gear and starts rattling a few … family skeletons.
After being banished into deep space and forgotten, these outcasts made contact with alien species and raised a great army for their return. But an ensuing stalemate between the forces required new tactics. So the enemy infiltrated the isolated planet as stealthily as a virus and like a virus was mutating the native beings for the enemy’s use. It was simply a matter of logistics!
The time was 1959. Walter was a cook at Dawson’s Famous Seafood Restaurant supporting his tubercular wife in an inland sanatorium and their daughter, who lived with her mother’s parents. He was a loner who minded his own business until Corinne came to work as a waitress and he saw a chance to grab a little moment of happiness with her. “A nearly lost masterpiece is discovered ..."
Another masterful collection of short fiction from the author of Mean Grey Old Morning, After August, Twin Killing, and Sleeping Planet. Here are impressionistic stories about military days in Europe and budding love in the City of Lights.
“Immolation of someone else’s diary was not how I had planned to start my day – it was a mean grey old morning, but I didn’t know then that was what to call it …” From surveillance of a yellow convertible in South Carolina to conversation with a streetwalker on Sunset Boulevard to a visit to Hemingway’s grave in Idaho, the writer builds a mural of life in the last half of the twentieth century.
The seventies in Seattle: XXX-rated theatres on First Avenue and a dramatic economic meltdown that swamped the street activism of the sixties and led to the famous billboard lament: Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights. The blonde with blatant curves hired Eddie Hummel for a job that only got more weird as time went on. Before it was over he would be knee-deep in bodies….
A “hard-edged” tale of the 24th-century conquest of Earth by an alien empire. The battle to liberate Earth is fought by those few with the aid of a vengeful ghost called “Gremper” by the aliens. The action is fast and furious, while the genius general of the invading fleet goes slowly insane at the disruption of his well-laid plans. “