This is a book of beginnings. Some are familiar. The beginning of a gothic cautionary tale, the beginning that they never tell of a fairy tale, the beginning of the end. Some are unfamiliar. The beginning of an alliance, the beginning of a new mythology, the beginning of a doomed adventure. They are all beginnings, and they all tell tales of "once upon a time." It may just not be the time we know. It's time to start. Stories included:The Graveyard Sometimes It's Quiet What Lies Beyond An Apple A Day The Manor Bored Abri and The Village Girl The Myth of Fountains The Chest The Transformation The Screams It Shouldn't Have Been EmptyMore info →
The USS Alpine One is in orbit around planet Earth. It is set for a one-year mission to research the plausibility of life outside of our atmosphere. Its crew is small:Rose and Matt are on the ground, overseeing patterns and reports, interfacing with their higher-ups, and keeping the in-flight crew connected to home. Roger is a top-of-the-field programmer and software engineer. Celine is the best pilot NASA could find, and adores the stars she finds herself sailing through. And then there's Roger's pet project. He calls it the Jungian Artificial Central Kinesthetic Monitoring System, lovingly nicknamed Jack. Jack is a learning program, the most complicated artificial intelligence ever created, and the most convincing, which leaves them all wondering... Where does artificial intelligence end, and consciousness begin?More info →
Sometimes the voices of the past are like ghosts in your future. Always waiting in the shadows to see you again. This collection of poems focuses those ghosts, and invites them to tell their story. Good, bad, neutral, or nonsensical, each will have its turn to ask, "what do you remember? Where do you go from here?"
The images I can still see,
they chatter from their pages,
in conversation filigrees,
of gold that glittered from your hands,
when you held them out to me.