That sure is a mouthful, isn’t it? When I started putting together short-story collections, the first one was Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND, and adding another word to the title for each new volume seemed a fun and natural thing to do. Maybe I didn’t understand HOW MANY stories I was going to (and continue to) write, and how unwieldy this naming scheme would become. This is the ninth of the series, and although it will not be the last collection I put together, it WILL be the last one titled this way.
This is a collection of eight stories (instead of the usual six) in which we learn some life lessons:
Don’t assume there’s intelligent life out there.
Some people can’t help themselves.
Sometimes you have to take chances.
Love could mean never getting to say you’re sorry.
Protect those you love.
There’s more than one way to be immortal.
The afterlife is what you make of it.
How to deal with blood relations.
Includes the short stories:
“The Collective is All” – The Collective is ALL! At least that’s what Abbe’s been told, but events lead him to wonder if there might just be some intelligent life “out there.”
“Reflections” – What are we, really – the sum of our parts, or something less? What if those parts are at odds with each other? How much control do we have over what we turn into?
“Some Kind of Luck” – Henry Jacob Dawes is a cab driver with an ear that keeps him out of trouble — until he has a run-in with someone who has a different kind of luck.
“L-O-V-E Among the Stars” – A space traveler wakes too soon, and must leave the woman of his dreams to the ministrations of another, less-human caretaker. “L-O-V-E Among the Stars” is a speculative fiction of (with hints of a pop standard.)
“Burial Details” – Be sure to bury your charges deep. An old farmer scraping by after the Sahrian invasion buries his most precious treasures to hide them from the aliens’ “salvation”.
“Immortal” – Riddled with a more than terminal disease, Commander Solitaire considers an extreme way to protect the Earth. There’s more than one way to be immortal.
“Solid People” – The afterlife is what you make of it. A run-in with Mr. Topp’s flatbed strands Sarah and her mother in Newbury. Despite her mother’s warnings about becoming attached to things, Sarah decides to spend her time with some Solid People (a mild, slightly romantic ghost story.)
“You Can’t Question the Dead” – We take care of our own… A father gives some timely advice as he hopes to apprentice his son in the family business. Blood is thicker than water, but whose blood will it be?
The release date for Just Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind is September 22nd, but it is available for preorder NOW for a REDUCED PROMOTIONAL PRICE at various online sellers, including, but not limited to:
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