I teach writing and public speaking at the University of California, Berkeley, where I received a doctorate in rhetoric with an emphasis in folklore. As much as I enjoy teaching, I enjoy writing even more. I wrote my first science fiction novel in 1986 (an oddly heartfelt story about alien rats), and I've been writing ever since.
When I'm not teaching or writing, I'm tossing heavy objects into the air above my head.
A mysterious coin changes a panhandler's life. An alcoholic ghost squares off against technology. A crusading widow kidnaps an exceedingly strange girl. An aging cattle rancher stakes out a bridge to nowhere. An alien love moves planets--and destroys worlds. Identities, homes, and lives are threatened in these and three other unsettling tales of fantasy and science fiction.
Bead McCheckrovsky’s band of misfits and teenage runaways have made a home for themselves running a fast-food restaurant aboard the aging starship Anarchy.
When that home is threatened by government agents and menacing figures from their unhappy pasts, they hatch a desperate scheme to seek help from a mysterious race of dangerously eccentric aliens.
But are the ghostly aliens friend—or foe?