Hungry aliens. Futuristic shoppers. Veteran spacers. Medical androids. Killer teddy bears. Janitors with raptor DNA.
And now, they're all in one place.
Tales from a Lone Star is the first anthology from the Future Classics speculative fiction writers group of North Dallas. Featuring fourteen stories from members such as Nebula nominee Jake Kerr ("The Old Equations") and 2012 Writers of the Future winner William Ledbetter ("The Rings of Mars"), Tales from a Lone Star ranges from near future SF to a post-apocalyptic world run by zombies.
“Requiem in the Key of Prose” by Jake Kerr
“Teddy Bears and Tea Parties” by S. Boyd Taylor
“The Fowler’s Daughter” by Michelle Muenzler
“Last House, Lost House” by William Ledbetter
“The Ballad of Smokin’ Dad Harlan” by C.A. Rose
“Domalon-a-Ding-Dong” by Paul Lamarre
“Windows” by Gloria Oliver
“Le Gardien” by Melanie Fletcher
“A Distant Sound of Hammers” by S. Boyd Taylor
“The Tower” by Gloria Oliver
“They Gather in the Green” by Michelle Muenzler
“Worthy” by C.A. Rose
“A Touch of Ginger” by Melanie Fletcher
“Medic!” by William Ledbetter
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About the Author
Melanie Fletcher is an expatriate Chicagoan who currently lives in North Dallas with her husband the Bodacious Brit™ and their four fabulous furbags JJ, Jordan, Jessica, and Jeremy (yes, they were following a theme, moving along now).
When not herding cats, she turns into SF Writer Girl, and has the SFWA Active membership card to prove it. But wait -- she doesn't just write specfic. She also works as a technical writer, web designer and graphic artist, and produces the comedy podcast Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Podcast with Jerry J. Davis, Patrick Gaik and Stacy the News Girl. In fact, if you want to tally up all the things Melanie can do, she can write, edit, paint, sing, dance, act, fence, play a, number of instruments, build dollhouses, knit and crochet, quilt, do needlepoint, cross stitch and crewelwork, moderate panels, edit podcasts and videocasts, fix cars, perform simple plumbing and electrical work, perform somewhat more complex carpentry, make a damn good deep dish pizza from scratch, and marry people.
When she refers to herself as a Renaissance Broad, she's not kidding.
William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning author with more than sixty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Escape Pod, Baen.com, Daily SF, the SFWA blog, and Ad Astra. His new novel "Level Five" is available from Audible Originals.
He's been a space and technology geek since childhood and spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace and defense industry. He administers the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National Space Society, is a member of SFWA, the National Space Society of North Texas, a Launch Pad Astronomy workshop graduate, and is the Science Track coordinator for the Fencon convention. He lives near Dallas with his wife, a needy dog and two spoiled cats.