The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part fourteen)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part fourteen)             Night on the open sea often was alight in strange ways. The stars gleamed, clustered in places thick as crystals in a basilisk’s egg. I felt my eyes could drink this light and shine it before me…but the magic could not […]

Yoharie: Existence (part five)

Yoharie Existence (part five)               notes for TWA 800   The beam weapon designed to disable enemy satellites was first in the news in 1989. [Tested at SW facility]. Also Russians launching nuclear powered satellites w/i this timeframe, fear these could be forerunners of nuclear space weapons. Crash […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part thirteen)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part thirteen)             I approach the place I was put ashore…the place where my fortunes changed, and I understood that to the Prince I was slave after all. Or disregarded by him, thought without value, for I had not yet passed a test he […]

Hammersmith: Epilogue (conclusion)

Hammersmith Epilogue (conclusion)           Mossbunker’s patronage had been lifted from the town of Hammersmith. Abel Bard looked at the prospect of Meadow Lane’s new houses, of all the Mossland development, hemming round the farmhouse and his father’s pastures, where he’d been putting in alfalfa… He talked to the construction foreman, who […]

Hammersmith: Epilogue (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Oct 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Epilogue (part one)           Hogben felt his odds of escape improved by company. The company was not choice. In point of fact, he strongly entertained having no more to do with le Fontainebleau. Wistful thoughts of roosting had lately crossed Hogben’s mind, and a settled man needs an honest profession. […]

Yoharie: Existence (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Sep 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part four)               Trevor’s cul-de-sac was called Tampico Way. The stub, or rectal portion, if you had it in you to chuckle at Mat Busby’s humor, was crossed by Reagan Place. The shuttle streets, Atlantis, Challenger, etc., also an Apollo and an Armstrong, and another cul-de-sac called […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part twelve)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Sep 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part twelve)             If I peered from under my ceiling, I saw only the swell, its rushing lacework of white foam. And sometimes failed to see forewarning, of the slap of saltwater in my eyes. Also a dizziness would upset my stomach, and only […]

Yoharie: Existence (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Sep 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part three)             Val had never watched the Zapruder film, and the moment seemed ripe. Since Trevor kept talking… The horror people had felt must have been more outrage. Upset, truly. They lived in a world back then where they could think this one thing the end of […]

Hammersmith: Reckoning Up (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 7 Sep 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Thirty-Nine Reckoning Up (conclusion)         The dilemma had a straightforward logic to it, supposing a father a little overbearing, and a little inclined to take things for granted, could be ushered— To the hilltop perspective, to see his daughter through the eyes of an interested friend. “June is happy. June in […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part eleven)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Aug 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part eleven)           The Prince and his knights, and a woman, her servants… Indeed his wife, eager, I had been told, for battle…had a lighter craft of their own. This single-masted ship gave its commander some pains, to keep it from rocking in the wake […]