As I receive contracts and final edits from authors, I’ll post a teaser from their story here and on our Facebook page. You know where to get the rest, right? Comments are welcome.
He tells everyone at the party Jackie is his love interest in an alternate universe and they all laugh because they don’t know it’s true.
They think his name is Curt because that’s how he’s known here and he does nothing to dispute it. He has no reason to tell them the truth and every reason to keep it from them. He has nowhere else to go.
At one time, he was someone else. He doesn’t remember much about that, though. He still experiences the occasional flashback. Or is it a flash-sideways? Does that matter?
Curt, whose name was, he thinks Alan, was not anything like the man people perceive here. Alan was a rather angry type, prone to fits of rage and violence, a text book borderline personality. People feared him for good reason.
So, why did we take this story? It’s a strange bird, this one, but the voice pulls you into another reality. Before you know it, you’re invested. All three of the editors who first-read the piece liked it, though two of us typically like plot-driven SF. It’s the strongest salmon that makes it to the breeding grounds, I guess. We strive for variety in approach and voice and this one certainly adds to that ambition. The original was 3000 words; final edit is 2760 words.
Tune in tomorrow for our next tease. The full Table of Contents is here.
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