A collection of ten short speculative fictions by William Mangieri, in which we learn some life lessons:
What constitutes a true waste of time
Sentience is in the eye of the beholder
Things aren’t always where they should be
Perception is reality
What to expect if you were to talk to God
Don’t be too eager to perform labors proffered by goddesses
No crime is victimless
A love that lasts forever may not be a good thing
Be good, or the jingle bells may toll for thee
The voices in your head can be real
Includes the short stories:
There’s No Present Like the Time
Peter and Vanessa have different ideas. While on a rare vacation, Peter chances to meet a mysterious woman who brings these differences to a head.
See Miss Ribo try to keep her students from getting the wrong ideas in biology class.
Out of Place
Sue’s her world is changing; an uncomfortable situation for someone who expects everything to stay where it belongs. Who knows where it will all end up?
All the News That’s Fit for You
Where your point of view dictates your reality.
Interview with the Blue Neon God
A novice reporter is sent after a story that could be a career-maker - or something more.
A young man lands a seemingly perfect job serving a beach full of scantily clad women who are more than they appear.
A murderer's defense team proposes a novel approach to making crime truly victimless.
A reluctant date hears a tale from a no-longer-secret admirer explaining her fate.
Sleep with the Snowmen
A petty criminal crosses the wrong fat man, and is offered the opportunity to change his path
Billy Thompson knows the voices are real, even if they are just in his head. Or are they?
(Currently available at a reduced preorder price. Stories also available individually)
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About the Author
William Mangieri is a karaoke junkie, former theater student, and recovered wargamer who spends as much time wondering "what if?" as "why not?". He writes from Texas, where he and his family live at the mercy of the ghost of a nine-pound westie.