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J. Timothy Bagwell is the author of two science-fiction novelettes previously published in print: "Tangible Light" (Analog: Science Fiction and Fact: Jan/Feb 2008) and "The Oneiric Telefactor" (Leading Edge 56). He is also the publisher of Thwendlulla Tlatnet-Tholfth, Consul General of the Consortium of Human Worlds Earth Consulate (Virtual). Bagwell holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and a PhD in aesthetic philosophy. He has taught at Grinnell College, the University of California, and Vanderbilt and worked as an editor and editorial manager for Houghton-Mifflin and McGraw-Hill. In April of 2014 he won second place in the Jo-Anne Hirschfield Memorial Poetry Award competition. Bagwell grew up on the island of Aruba and currently lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Smashwords Interview

What the heck is oneiric telefactory?
Telefactory is a very old science-fiction concept. A telefactor is an artificial body operated remotely by a human being. It's the human component that makes a telefactor different from a robot.
And oneiric?
My twist on the old telefactor concept is that the human being operates the body while asleep and in a state of lucid dreaming. The input for the dreams comes from the sensory apparatus of the artificial body, so unlike normal dreams, these are connected to reality--at a distance. The idea is that operating the body in this way increases the realism of the experience and enhances the telefactor's cabilities.
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The Dat That Ate Christmas
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2016 by Harp Seal Press. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A dad gets his kids a "dat" (an animal half dog and half cat) for Christmas, with hilarious results: "A dat can catch house mice AND Frisbees, and chase himself barking up trees...." "This was a super fun read for the holidays. I read it out loud to my kids (11 and 13) over our winter break, and they both went on to memorize it. Highly recommend for next Christmas." --Ann Moseley (Amazon review)
Metal Snow
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,820. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2014 by Harp Seal Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Metal Snow collects three science-fiction novelettes: Tangible Light (first published in print form in Analog: Science Fiction and Fact), The Oneiric Telefactor (first published in print form in Leading Edge), and Gently Down the Stream (new & never before published). From Venus, where it rains acid and snows metal, to the capital world of galactic humanity, where Earth is considered uninhabited.
The Oneiric Telefactor
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,360. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014 by Harp Seal Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(5.00 from 1 review)
Day Therland works as an oneiric telefactor on Venus, where it rains acid and snows metal, where the atmospheric pressure is over 90 times that of Earth, and the mean surface temperature is well over 800 °F. Good thing his body is on Earth. Except that it’s not. It’s on Venus, and Day has only hours to find out where it is and why it has been brought there. Originally published in Leading Edge 56.
Tangible Light
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,980. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014 by Harp Seal Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Raised on Earth in ignorance of the vast interstellar community to which he belongs, Prashan learns that his wealthy father has left him only one thing: a one-way ticket to a world called Polity. There Prashan discovers the fate that awaits his childhood home. But has his father sent him there to find a way to save it? Tangible Light first appeared in print in Analog: Science Fiction and Fact.
Earth is Upside Down (and 12 Other Things You Would Know About This Planet If You Didn't Live On It)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014 by Harp Seal Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Cosmos
An alien diplomat reveals thirteen astonishing facts about Earth and its place in the greater human community, including why Earth is upside down, why time doesn't exist, why you can travel faster than light but probably shouldn't, how men and women came to be a single species, what will happen if Earth does not clean up its act, and answers to other things you never suspected were questions.
Gently Down the Stream
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,740. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014 by Harp Seal Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A drug that induces lucid dreaming has revolutionized remote robotics. Operators can now bond completely with their artificial bodies, working better, harder, and longer in harsh environments like Titan. An unscrupulous general uses the technology to create an army of super-soldiers he can control by holding their bodies hostage. One of his victims has a plan to defeat him. But will it succeed?