Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release Date: 2014-06-24
An NPR Books Great Read: Two never-before-published stories from the archives of one of science fiction’s all-time masters. The novella “A Necessary Being” showcases Octavia E. Butler’s ability to create alien yet fully believable “others.” Tahneh’s father was a Hao, one of a dwindling race whose leadership abilities render them so valuable that their members are captured and forced to govern. When her father dies, Tahneh steps into his place, both chief and prisoner, and for twenty years has ruled without ever meeting another of her kind. She bears her loneliness privately until the day that a Hao youth is spotted wandering into her territory. As her warriors sharpen their weapons, Tahneh must choose between imprisoning the newcomer—and living the rest of her life alone. The second story in this volume, “Childfinder,” was commissioned by Harlan Ellison for his legendary (and never-published) anthology The Last Dangerous Visions™. A disaffected telepath connects with a young girl in a desperate attempt to help her harness her growing powers. But in the richly evocative fiction of Octavia E. Butler, mentorship is a rocky path, and every lesson comes at a price. The award-winning author of science fiction classics Parable of the Sower and Kindred bestows these compelling, long lost gems “like the miraculous discovery that the beloved book you’ve read a dozen times has an extra chapter” (Los Angeles Review of Books). Harlan Ellison and Dangerous Visions are registered trademarks of the Kilimanjaro Corporation. All rights reserved.
Master storyteller Diana Wynne Jones presents ariveting collection of unpredictable tales, including: A cat tells how the kindhearted wizard she owns is suddenly called upon to defeat a horrific Beast. When Anne has mumps, her drawings come to life, and she must protect her home from them. Four children become involved in the intrigue surrounding an innocent prince, an evil count, and a brave outlaw. These fifteen stories and one novella will enchant, startle, and surprise!
Author: P.F. Citizen One
Release Date: 2016-10-07
A series of short, true life stories, which are the product of the travels and observations of one man. The stories are a miscellaneous collection of the funny and sad, of tragedy, love and friendship. And they are all, in a way, unexpected. Unexpected takes you on a journey from a Brazilian working on the oil rigs of Venezuela, who gets the shock of his life, to the uplifting story of a Chinese beggar living on the streets, entertaining passers-by with his songs and surviving through the mercy and kindness of others. There is a story for each of us in this book. Each one is subtly different and each carries either a message of hope for lost, or of caution for the unwary. Unexpected is just that. Just as life is and just as the course of our lives run, at times unexpectedly.
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Release Date: 2016-07-12
From the bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series comes this splendid collection. Inspired by vintage photographs, these five lyrical stories capture the surprising intersections of love and friendship that alter life's journeys. A smiling girl leading a younger girl astride a pony, and a boy in a kilt on a tricycle beside them, gives rise to a story of a lifelong romance between the two riders. A dapper, roguish-looking man perching on a lady's knee sparks the story of a ventriloquist and an animal handler who work in a circus, and who, under the most delightfully unexpected circumstances, fall in love. The image of a woman haloed by light in a train station becomes the lighthearted tale of a nun's decision to leave the sisterhood and discover what the big city has to offer. Charming and poignant, this collection brims with the flourishes of grace and humor that could only come from the pen of Alexander McCall Smith. (With black-and-white photographs throughout.) From the Hardcover edition.
Author: John W. Sloat
Publisher: CCB Publishing
Release Date: 2012-10-17
Genre: Short stories, American
John W. Sloat's latest book, Life Surprises, is a tribute to the discoveries and revelations that are part of every life. The book is a collection of seven short stories about the unexpected. These stories illustrate how quickly our lives can take unanticipated turns which lead us to discover surprising meaning in the most routine experiences. A young boy's neurosis produces an unexpected revelation. An adolescent muses about a mysterious girl at the beach. A feather on the beach leads to an unusual love affair. A key found in an old car opens a strange quest. A car radio keeps a driver safe from harm. A detour makes possible a medical cure. A pair of shoes combats racism. These touching short stories, humorous and sometimes off-beat, completely captivate the reader and lead to surprising and unexpected resolutions, a la O. Henry. They remind us of the mystery at the heart of our daily existence, and of the fact that every moment can contain discoveries that may forever change our lives. About the Author John W. Sloat, a former Presbyterian minister, served churches in Pennsylvania and Ohio for over 40 years. He holds a B.A. from Denison University, 1954; an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary, 1957; and a Th.M. from Pittsburgh Seminary, 1977. Previous books include Lord, Make Us One (non-fiction, 1986); The Other Half (fiction, 2001); Memories of My Misadventures (fiction, 2008); A Handbook For Heretics (non-fiction, second edition, 2009); and Moving Beyond the Christian Myth, (non-fiction, 2011). Several of his sermons have been included in Pulpit Digest, a national preaching journal. He has been married to Helen Burdick Sloat, a psychiatric nurse, for 57 years, and they have three children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He is a pianist/organist and plays the French horn. Retired since 1992, he is a scratch model builder, leads spirituality groups, and writes books.
Author: Bill Kramer
Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press
Release Date: 2008-03-01
In Unexpected Grace Bill Kramer offers a rare look into the human side of the world of scientific research. He goes behind the scenes of four scientific investigations on diverse aspects of the study of unlimited love and offers uplifting portraits of human beings struggling to understand and improve the complex issues facing them. He explores the dynamics between the researchers, the subjects they study, and the participants in the studies, and eloquently tells their personal stories. The stories touch on vastly different social and human issues, but all are connected by love.The first is the story of Courtney Cowart, who was part of a group of theologians who met at Trinity Place in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001, not knowing her experience would become the subject of a study. The story of how the group struggled to survive and the formation of a practical, effective altruistic community is heartrending and inspiring. This is followed by a description of a University of California Santa Cruz psychology department study on the dynamics of friendship and prejudice that completely changed the perceptions of those involved.The third study, from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, focused on the benefits of religion on mental and physical health, which led its researcher to a greater understanding of forgiveness, humility, and grace. The final powerful story is about a physiology of love study conducted in Iowa City. Here, a functional MRI is the vehicle for measuring empathy and brings the researcher to wonder, "Is there a point at which empathy shuts down and we turn away?" Ultimately she comes to recognize that past experiences influences our ability to respond emphatically.Each story candidly unveils the transformations the researchers and their subjects experienced in the course of their work. This illuminating book, with its unique insights, will appeal to educators, researchers, students, study participants, and everyone who wonders what goes on behind the scenes of investigative studies.
Following a quirky A-to-Z format, the eighty lighthearted anecdotes in Pope Francis Takes the Bus are full of warmth and humor, revealing the simple humility of the man whose spirituality and concern for others has transformed the Church and captured the imagination of Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
The stories in Three Short Stories are off-shoots of the two novels To Bind Fast and Four People on a Marsh. The three stories are about the further experiences and growth of the two main characters in those novels as they search to make sense of the world in which they find themselves. They never find their universe to be without surprises, sometimes horrendous, and sometimes delightful; but they continually find that universe to be very quiet, perhaps silent, when it comes to values and directions for living. And they wonder if it isn't more hostile than friendly.
Jacklynn Lord was born in California and moved to Reno in 1975. An ordained minister, Jackie studied at Berkeley, Sacramento State and the University ofNevada—Reno. Jackie is also an author and composer, writing and producing the albums Children Love Trumpet and Lovers Love Trumpet. She also wrote six Suites for Trumpet and Piano, which she performs with her husband, Mark. Jackie has written eight books, including STC The Sharpest Weapons, How Do You Say Thank You?, Tell Me About the War, Daddy and Custer Court House Incident. Now age 73, Jackie is at work on her next novel Catalyst which is set in Santa Cruz. She has three children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Author: B. C. Collins
Publisher: Athena PressPub Company
Release Date: 2005-10-01
Can you trust a boyfriend who can't seem to commit himself? Can you trust your young wife on a beach in sunny Spain? Can you trust your little girl with her grown-up cousin, when they like to go swimming? Against backgrounds as varied as seaside towns, the South African bush and the Cornish moors, BC Collins weaves stories that centre on the issues of returning and coming home. Some don't make it, like the misguided Piers in the story 'The Unexpected'. Another leaves prison to find personal redemption. Others discover happiness in renewed friendships from long ago. With their timeless themes and frequently nostalgic flavour, these tales offer a breath of fresh air in their treatment of everyday affairs, with their selfless heroines, romantic rogues and people of all sorts and ages blessed with the gift of contentment.
Author: John A. Broussard
Publisher: Bitingduck Press LLC
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Electronic books
The lovely, lonely princess wandered along the edge of a pond thinking about finding a mate, but her fatherOCOs kingdom was poor, and no noble had ever asked for her hand. Suddenly a large bullfrog jumped up on the bank and said, OC Kiss me and you will find a mate.OCO OC What do I have to lose?OCO thought the princess, as she stooped down and kissed the frog. Within moments, two frogs jumped happily into the pond and swam out together among the lily pads. Not what you expected? A short story called The Search for a Mate from Expect the Unexpected OC .a collection of over 80 short stories covering the gamut of surprise with the typical Broussard cleverness and humor. Mystery, romance, science fiction, discoveryOC with story titles such as The Square Watermelon, The Deshredder, and Ms. Chips . Boson Books also offers several mysteries by John Broussard. Visit our fiction page. For an author bio, photo, and a sample read visit www.bosonbooks.com."
Author: John Cooper
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: 2015-07-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
The Unexpected Story of Nathaniel Rothschild is the only full length biography of Nathaniel, the first Lord Rothschild (1840-1915). The Rothschild family in all its branches is of compelling and continuing interest and fascination. A family that could make or break dynasties, that could bankrupt industrial magnates but who also were outstanding philanthropists and collectors of some of the world`s greatest art treasures. Ardently supportive of the founding of the State of Israel, Nathaniel was also adept at playing the political game within and without Jewry. He went to extremes to ensure that Jewish refugees from Russian pogroms went to Palestine and did not come to the UK. The first Jew in the House of Lords, he had previously stood as a Liberal MP and fought for social justice. He knew every leading British politician from Disraeli to Lloyd George. Indeed as a leading figure in the City, he helped Lloyd George to surmount this country's worst ever financial crisis. He died a man mourned by the political elite and the masses. It is only now that his story has been fully told.