Inside Earth

Valgolia, a planet in the Epsilon Eridani star system, conquered Earth generations ago, but their conquest was incomplete. While Valgolians made possible greater prosperity, universal health, and interstellar trade for all Earthlings, the factional frictions of Earth – race against race, religion against religion, culture against culture – continue to bedevil the Valgolian’s vision of…

Double or Nothing

First appearing in the May, 1962 magazine Fantastic Stories of Imagination, Double or Nothing, by Jack Sharkey, is a tongue-firmly-in-cheek science fiction short story chronicling a few hilarious, tragic-but-still-funny, days in the lives of wacky inventor Artie Lindstrom and Burt, his long-suffering engineer/fabricator partner and the tale’s narrator. It is summer, in the probably distant…

The Beautiful and Damned

The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1922 novel, introduced Fitzgerald fans to 22-year-old Gloria Gilbert, a drop-dead gorgeous, selfish, gumdrop-addicted beauty from Kansas City, and 25-year-old Anthony Patch, a handsome, heir-to-a-fortune, careless, spoiled Harvard graduate and New York bon vivant. The novel opens in 1913, a time of flappers, jazz clubs, silent movies, and,…