TIMES TO COME

The Orb of Science burned bright that morning, its image on the screen before me bathing the rounded white walls of my pod in a warm crimson glow. “New variant discovered,” chirped the excruciatingly perky female voice of INFO into my neuropiece. “All outerverse activities have been postponed until further notice. OLM drones will strictly enforce lockdown protocol until a booster is developed and distributed. … Continue reading TIMES TO COME

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Some Short Stories

These will be perpetually updated The Only Sky (Science Fiction) Their budget slashed and their mission cancelled, a group of researchers stationed on Mars is recalled back to Earth. Delicacies (Science fiction/humor) The wealthy patron of an alien restaurant craves something that’s not on the menu. A Little Less Conversation (Black Humor) Ever wonder what it’s like living with a king who behaves like a … Continue reading Some Short Stories

Alienated

“Do you know where Vidalia Onions come from?” “I’m sorry, what?” The woman seems distracted as she rummages through the large dump bin of sweet onions I’ve just spent twenty minutes culling and rotating. It’s a question I still ask most customers, but by and large they don’t seem to find such trivia as interesting as they once did. They’re certainly much more self-absorbed and … Continue reading Alienated

THE ACT OF LAUGHING and GRAVE CONCERNS both free on BLACK FRIDAY

I wrote The Act of Laughing over ten years ago. It was the first book I ever attempted to write, and it reads like a Bentley Little or John Saul novel, basically. It’s about a modern-day Ba’al-worshipping cult that also functions as a homeowners association. It’s led by a former archaeologist named Donald Raines, who discovered this ancient, secret religion on one of his excursions … Continue reading THE ACT OF LAUGHING and GRAVE CONCERNS both free on BLACK FRIDAY

Delicacies

A selection from Moon Garden Copyright © 2019 Patrick Walts All Rights Reserved “Humans.”  Gax wrinkled his proboscis in disgust.  “Always traipsing about the galaxy with such reckless abandon, doing as they please without repercussion.” Kanak gurgled his agreement, his antennae twitching in annoyance. “They won’t stop until they’ve polluted the entire universe,” Gax continued.  “Do you know what they call it when they colonize … Continue reading Delicacies

D.U.S.T. to DUST

Thirty years I worked at that plant. Which one, you ask? Don’t worry about it. It’s not important. What’s important is that for thirty years, I did an outstanding job of assembling quality American automobiles. I had a good crew, and we had a good rapport–we worked well together. Anyway, one day we got new plant supervisors–cocky young know-it-alls who’d been sent by corporate to … Continue reading D.U.S.T. to DUST

Some short stories

The Scoop is a Twilight Zone-esque story about a man from the late sixties who’s accidentally transported through time to 2019. He struggles to make sense of his new surroundings at first, but quickly adapts. I’ve always wondered how people of the past would react to modern society and advanced technology–an iPhone might seem like magic to someone in 1865, and it might seem like … Continue reading Some short stories