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A gentle satire of activism and political correctness run amok in a small New England college town. Meet Eric, an unhappy engineering student with a compulsion for writing rhymed verse about engineering disasters. Eric is forced into therapy by the University administration, but things start looking up when he becomes the poet laureate of local environmental activists.
The colorful cast of characters includes a chocoholic physicist, a phony vegetarian, corrupt politicians (both good and bad), petty thieves, communists and activists. You’ll also meet the Western Massachusetts Residents Against Magnetic Radiation and their struggle against, who knows? Set against the backdrop of mill towns making the transition to degree mills, Free The Alpaca looks at the lighter side of the trade-offs required for peaceful coexistence in 21st century New England.
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by Elizabeth McKenna
Short Story – Vadoma Taits has the “sight” and has seen her own death. On what she thinks is her last day on earth, her cousin stabs a man during the annual autumn fair. In her remaining hours, Vadoma sets out to save him from the gallows. When the village’s Marquis rebuffs her pleas for mercy, she turns to desperate measures.
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by Spencer Baum
In a posh suburb of the nation’s capital, at the most exclusive high school in the world, the vampires who secretly run the government have created a game for America’s daughters of privilege. Show up to Homecoming in a black dress and you’ve entered yourself in a contest where the winner becomes a vampire, and the loser becomes the winner’s first victim.
Only the wealthiest, most connected students can hope to win, so when new girl Nicky Bloom wears a black dress to Homecoming, everyone assumes she has a death wish. They don’t know that Nicky has her own agenda. As the dance continues into the night, they will find out that Nicky Bloom is far more than she seems.
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by David Adams
n Belthas IV, the great forge world in the inner sphere of Toralii space, thousands of constructs — artificial slaves — are manufactured every week.
They are built identical, each indistinguishable from the other, until they are implanted with a stock neural net. From that moment onward every construct is different.
They all have one thing in common, though; all constructs are bound by rules. They serve. They do not question their place. They do not betray.
Each construct is different, but one is more different than the others…
A 4,000 word short story set in the Lacuna universe but suitable to read as a stand-alone story.