Review of “A Simple Misunderstanding” by Chris Dean

Image by Thomas Budach from Pixabay Plot: After two hundred years, the Rangarians and the humans have come to a, um, “the successful cessation of hostilities.” This, at least, is how the Rangarians explain it to their people. To the human ambassador, however, the Rangarian ambassador merely says, “You won.” This confuses the human ambassador,Continue reading “Review of “A Simple Misunderstanding” by Chris Dean”

Review of “The Bat Whispers” (1930)

Plot: Master criminal the Bat has the police flummoxed. He steals jewelry and pummels (sometimes kills) owners regardless of the precautions they and law enforcement take, often leaving taunting notes. He even issues warnings ahead of time. What a gentleman. After one especially brutal robbery, the Bat announces his retirement to the country. He’s givingContinue reading “Review of “The Bat Whispers” (1930)”

Review of “Elevators and Aliens” by Eddie D. Moore

Plot: Marty is looking over blueprints and sipping bourbon at the bar of the Bayside Hotel on Proxmia b. Most people visit the Bayside for the salty air and a walk on the beach. Humans have been living on Proxmia b for a little less than five hundred years. Communication with earth ceased off afterContinue reading “Review of “Elevators and Aliens” by Eddie D. Moore”

Review of YouTube Short “Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss”

Plot: This amusing and enjoyable short depicts the fireworks that erupt when the Ronderos’ son Jerry (Anthony James Hernandez) comes home from college for a visit. Mom Veronica (“Ronnie”), played by Adria K. Woomer-Hernandez, lays down the law to her husband Guillermo (Juan Carlos Hernandez): no talking, not even whispering, about politics. …Which means, ofContinue reading “Review of YouTube Short “Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss””

Review of “Some Form of Contact” by Marie Vibbert

Plot: Jody climbs up to the apartment roof, followed by Mick, the hottest guy in the apartment complex. Instead of paying attention to her, he sits down on an air conditioner housing and pulls out his phone. “This is the perfect place to watch invasion footage uninterrupted,” he tells her. The alien ships have appearedContinue reading “Review of “Some Form of Contact” by Marie Vibbert”

Review of “A Plague of Santas” by Emily Dorffer

This is not really a story, as there is no plot. It is a portrait, a satire of the frenzy surrounding Christmas time. And it is cute. “It starts innocently enough in November,” the reader is told. “A shortage of cookies and milk at the grocery store, a faint jingling at night, the lingering scentContinue reading “Review of “A Plague of Santas” by Emily Dorffer”

Review of “Tenure” by Andy Tubbesing

Plot: The Philosopher is out walking up the slate steps up Academy Hill, as she frequently does when puzzling out problems. The path circles the school so she can pace it for hours if need be. A call to wait up comes from the Artisan. “Well, keep up,” the Philosopher grumbles. The Philosopher despises theContinue reading “Review of “Tenure” by Andy Tubbesing”

Review of “Dial M for Martians” by Tina Connolly

The little green man approaches Spacetrader Dan with the promise of more cocktails and a business proposition. Dan’s only on his second. Once they’re inside his unmarked ship, the little green man promises Dan it will be the perfect crime. He wants to be rid of his third horizontal living companion. Dan needs a millionContinue reading “Review of “Dial M for Martians” by Tina Connolly”

Review of “How Tolkein Saved the World” by Ahmed A. Khan

Kai Lung II unfurls his mat and gets set to regale the lad and lasses with tales filled with monumental happenstances, awe-inspiring wonders, and dubious morals. The dolphins, he tells his listeners, had had enough of humanity’s pollution of the ocean and sent an android scout to get the lay of the land. Its missionContinue reading “Review of “How Tolkein Saved the World” by Ahmed A. Khan”