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“A Carol for This Christmas” by Pati Nagle

A Retelling I offered to show you the afterlife. It’s not something everyone’s invited to see. Senator Mienz is ready to celebrate passing the bill his donors demanded. As he’s leaving his office building, the elevator malfunctions, trapping him with … Continue reading

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Final Visit

I’d thought I was going for a final visit. My father had been sick for a long time, and had been living on borrowed time since his heart attack in 2005. I pictured myself spending a couple of weeks hanging … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: from ‘The Final Choice’ in Fantastical Ramblings by Irene Radford

Fantastical Ramblings

The Final Choice a story from the collection Fantastical Ramblings by Irene Radford Death sat at the bar wondering what he had forgotten to do. 11:02 P.M. December 31. There was something he had to do before midnight or the … Continue reading

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Death and Fantasy

There’s been a ripple of dismay in the fantasy and SF corner of the fiction-verse over an interview with Russell Banks in The New York Times Book Review from last Sunday.  The whole piece is interesting (a person who cannot read … Continue reading

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Memento Mori

Tuesday night, as I drove home from work along Highway 9 in the Santa Cruz mountains, I passed a dying man lying at the side of the road. I couldn’t know at the time that he was dying, although I … Continue reading

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John M. Moore, 1918-2013

One of the tasks my sister and I faced after our father died last week was sifting through photos to find an appropriate one for his obituary in the Houston Chronicle. We chose this one, partly because of the smile. … Continue reading

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