So You Want To Be A Dragon Slayer…
(10,700 words, Completed 30 September 2011)
82 Light Years away on Alcor Five, great flying beasts called Reptus Volans, which closely resemble the dragons of European legend, sit at the top of the food chain. They are so dangerous and exist in such great numbers that the Colonial Allocation Committee forbad colonization of Alcor Five by humans. Thus the planet went untouched and largely ignored until entrepreneurs formed Dragon Safaris, Inc. Using state of the art space portal technology, Dragon Safaris transports hunters and adventurers, along with specially trained guides, to Alcor Five. There they do battle with the great beasts, seeking to earn the title Dragon Slayer. When I saw Dragon Safaris’ commercial on late night television, it rekindled the sense of magic and adventure I used to have when I was younger. I could not resist. I needed to go on this journey and pit myself against these dragons. I convinced my two oldest friends, Vinnie and Carl, to come along. This is our story.
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(9700 words, Completed 30 June 2011)
Piter’s honeymoon was off to a splendid start. He and his bride had a fancy bridal suite on a luxury spaceliner and their own private view of the most beautiful aurora in the known galaxy. Then it all went to hell. Narrowly escaping the spaceliner’s destruction in a cargo shuttle, he, his bride, and five others crash onto an un-colonized moon, where they have to figure out how to survive until the rescue comes. Assuming it ever does.
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Passing in the Night
(12,200 words, Completed 27 March 2011)
The starliner Pericles is en route to Earth from the Gliese system with a full load of passengers and cargo. Carlton, the pilot on shift for one year in the middle of the transit, is resigned to an extremely boring year, with little to do except monitor instruments. Then sensors detect an unexpected object ahead, and what he and his shipmates discover will change their conception of the universe forever.
Received an Honorable Mention in the 2nd Quarter 2011 Writers of the Future contest.
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