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.
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.
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.
Short stories about exploring the unknown. Tom Henighan's numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry include The Maclean's Companion to Canadian Arts and Culture, The Well of Time, and the YA novel Viking Quest (2001). He lives in Ottawa, and teaches at Carleton University.
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: Alexander McCall Smith
Release Date: 2015-11-15
It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words but an old photograph can inspire many more. In this beguiling book, Alexander McCall Smith casts his eye over five chanced-upon photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them. Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling, what made them sad? What emerges are surprising and poignant tales of love and friendship in a variety of settings - an estate in the Highlands of Scotland, a travelling circus in Canada, an Australian gold-mining town, a village in Ireland, and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Some will find joy and fulfilment - others would prefer happier endings. Each of them, though, will find love, and that is ultimately what matters.
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: 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."
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.
When Dr. Andrew Smith found CIA agent Eleanor Wright beaten in an alleyway, he knew he had to protect her. Neither of them could have guessed just how far the tangles of their love would reach or what their choices would cost them . . . and the ones they love. Book Two: Staff Sergeant Robert Wright was looking forward to going home to Tennessee. After being away for ten years, the future of peace and quiet laid out in front of him was promising. He was not expecting the truth regarding his sister’s life nor the beautiful and innocent red-haired woman tied so thoroughly to Eleanor. Robert must deal with life’s unexpected twists and turns as well as the ghosts of his past. But will he be able to overcome his fears? Book Three: Joshua Smith is about to celebrate his fortieth birthday but not in the way he planned. Instead of being surrounded by his family on the sunny shores of California, he is alone, drunk, and barely stumbling through each day. When an unexpected woman shows up on his doorstep, Joshua feels his bones begin to thaw. But the gorgeous blonde has her own tragic past. As the two of them struggle to find their footing in each other’s lives, they discover that the horrors of their pasts have not truly been laid to rest.