Story summaries written between 1998-1999
Onofrio Esteves, due to his wife’s frivolity, has taken up hunting jaguars again. One jaguar in fact, and quite a different jaguar to those he hunted in the past. The powerful force which is the jaguar takes him deep into the Central American jungle – very deep.
Deke’s a wetware VR game player who takes a local wheelchair-bound World War I biplane scenario champ on. He wins the VR battle, but little else.
Nuclear folly finally leaves the world a shattered place, thus solving Fermi’s Paradox. A young boy finds himself in Iceland, sufficiently far away from the fallout to provide a glimmer of hope through the nuclear winter. And perhaps to seeing the bigger future that Fermi pondered.
Hi-tech espionage and environmental/big business shennanigans.
Sensitive story about memory and death. The rich are able to have their lives recorded, and playback of the video at mausoleums enable those left behind to re-live the past.
A wheelchair-bound teacher in small farming community puts the finger on bootleggers.
A woman undergoes VR therapy in an attempt to resolve issues from her youth.
Advanced civilization recreates great cities from history, with short-timers and virtually immortal constructs.
Rich, internationally renowned drug artist begins to see his clone/twin/daughter slipping away from him against a background of the summer solstice at Stonehenge.
A Dr. Esterhazy story.
Industrial injury leads to cyborgisation, including certain organs which do not normally feature in Science Fiction.
An alien pays a short visit to a diner in the mid-West, giving the waitress pause for thought.
Black perspective on medical trials. Not SF.
Young Croati starts the story as a spoilt brat who uses her parent’s money to give her spaceship a deep space capacity. On her travels she comes across a microscopic alien with which she becomes intimately acquainted, and with whom her very future is predicated.
North African city, pre-Christian. A wizened seers offers a bleak perspective for those dining. Not SF.
Post-holocaust, and one variant of mutant are able to travel back in time to enter the heads of long dead individuals and attempt to alter the course of history.
A beatnik on the Med comes across a very, very strange brace of clones. They are attempting to escape from a bizarre alternate world dominated by the undead Hitler.
A roadside meeting with a furry alien which feasts on the fear of humans.
James P. Blaylock. Paper Dragons.
Originally in : Imaginary Lands 1985
A strange West Coast port, with humongous crabs coming ashore, paper dragons being built in garages, and palpable undercurrents of just waiting for something to happen. Almost a Stephen King-esque story, except Stephen King would have added 600 pages and a bucketload of blood. Much the better without it.
The Truth Behind The Tabloid Headlines.
A paraplegic has a long-shot option to regain everything – but it will mean losing all his memory. Is physical health that important to him?
Mountaineering on Mars.