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Why Didn’t You Think of that Before We Left?

Why Didn’t You Think of that Before We Left?


Jerry Oltion

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Year of publication: 1998

Why Didnt You Think of that Before We Left by Jerry Oltion We had already been in trouble for a couple of weeks before we realized it. We were up to about 90 percent of light-speed by then, coasting along toward Alpha Centauri in our skeletal framework of a starship and feeling pretty smug about life. Well, OK, not life, since all three of us had traded in our bodies to become standing waves in Tilbeys experimental mass eliminator, but we were feeling pretty smug all the same. We had outsmarted ...

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What’s It Like?

What’s It Like?


Jerry Oltion

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Year of publication: 1998

Whats It Like by Jerry Oltion Illustration by Janet Aulisio When a man switches to a womans body, the first thing he does is feel his breasts. The first thing a woman does in a mans body is pee standing up. There are exceptions, of course, but those are by far the most common reactions. Margaret DeBeau, chief psychologist for the Cognitive Displacement Project, established that in tests not long after they ironed the bugs out of the Tilbey Transfer process. Of course after their initial solo ...

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The Spectral Stardrive

The Spectral Stardrive


Jerry Oltion

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Year of publication: 1996

The Spectral Stardrive by Jerry Oltion Illustration by Alan M. Clark Tilbey was the first guy I ever knew who could stare a firing rocket engine in the nozzle and survive to tell the tale. Of course he was dead at the time, so I dont know if that counts, but it sure impressed me. Not that he was such a macho guy or anything. Alive or otherwise, he was mostly just a klutz. Thats how he wound up dead in the first place. Hed been working on the main engines ignition system, but he hadnt shut down ...

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Never Saw It Coming

Never Saw It Coming


Jerry Oltion

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Year of publication: 2010

Never Saw It Coming by Jerry Oltion On March 2, 2009 an asteroid the size of a football field flew past Earth close enough to scare the pants off anybody who was paying attention. If it had hit, the impact would have created a blast equivalent to the ones that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Amateur astronomers worldwide were disappointed. Not because they wanted to witness the impact, although a few undoubtedly did, but because the asteroid had been discovered two days before its passage, yet ...

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Space Aliens Taught My Dog to Knit!

Space Aliens Taught My Dog to Knit!


Jerry Oltion
Elton Elliott

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Year of publication: 2010

Space Aliens Taught My Dog to Knit by Jerry Oltion Elton Elliott Delmer Dawkins leaned across the circular bar table, pinning his copy of the National Revealer beneath one jacketed elbow while he gestured wide with his other hand only inches in front of his companions saturnine face. Its bigger than we thought, he said in a whisper that echoed off the glass wall beside them. Beyond, the city of Seattle glistened in the late evening sunlight. Its not just NASA. Were pretty sure SETI, the Air ...

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The View From the Top

The View From the Top


Jerry Oltion

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Year of publication: 2010

The View From the Top by Jerry Oltion The picture of his son caught Michael by surprise. Hed been reading Melissas email, smiling at her account of another day spent answering school kids questions about the International Space Station, when hed paged down and there was David looking out of the screen at him. Hed clearly been playing his hair was tousled and his cheeks were flushed red in the autumn chill. It was such a wonderfully stereotypical photo that Michael laughed, but his laughter ...

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Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business


Jerry Oltion

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Year of publication: 1996

Unfinished Business by Jerry Oltion Illustration by Alan M. Clark The first time I met Tilbey, he made my blood boil. He apologized profusely while he dragged me back into the shiphed been working on the forward airlock and apparently got his wires crossedbut I hardly heard him. The roar of air whistling away through the open doors drowned him out. I was a last-minute hire on the Earth-Mars cargo transport Intrepid, replacing a crewmember who had quit just before launch. I had considered myself ...

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Holiday Spirits

Holiday Spirits


Jerry Oltion

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Year of publication: 1997

Holiday Spirits by Jerry Oltion Illustration by John Stevens It must have been just after Thanksgiving when I died. I hadnt paid much attention to the date at the time, being preoccupied with more primal concerns, but when Tilbey, my partner in our wraith-like afterlife, asked me what I wanted Santa to bring me for Christmas I suddenly remembered the season. A body, I answered immediately. Tilbey laughed. His voice sounded thin and distant, like a ghosts voice should. That wasnt on purpose it ...

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Come Together

Come Together


Jerry Oltion

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Year of publication: 1995

Come Together by Jerry Oltion For the first hour or so after his braces began picking up KZEL, Kevin didnt mind. The deejay was playing Paul McCartneys new CD, and Kevin secretly liked those old rock n roll duffers who carried on well into their forties. Of course he couldnt admit that to his friends, but fortunately none of them could hear what his braces were playing. It went straight from his teeth through the jawbone right into his ears....

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Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger


Jerry Oltion

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Year of publication: 1995

Away in a Manger by Jerry Oltion The front window of Bobs Budget Time Tours looked like an abandoned movie theater. Faded posters of bygone eras covered the inside of the glass, and dead flies peppered the sill below them. The only evidence of recent decoration was a bright red Christmas ornament hanging from the bottom of a hand-lettered sign taped to the glass at eye level. Ordinarily Duncan wouldnt even have slowed down as he and his wife, Cynthia, walked past, but the sign caught his ...

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Fait Accompli

Fait Accompli


Jerry Oltion

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Year of publication: 1995

Fait Accompli by Jerry Oltion Illustration by Janet Aulisio I woke for the 146th morning to the sound of wind. Even so it took a minute to place myself. I wavered on the border between sleep and wakefulness, unsure which sensations to choose as real. In the confusion that comes with waking I couldnt decide if my Universe was the one where wind shrieked and whistled overhead without a break, of if mine was the one where beautiful women aged eighty years in my arms. They seemed to blend together ...

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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalipse

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalipse


Stephen King
Elizabeth Bear
John Joseph Adams
Paolo Bacigalupi
Nancy Kress
George R R Martin
Jonathan Lethem
Cory Doctorow
Orson Scott Card
Jerry Oltion
Richard Kadrey
John Langan
Octavia C Butler
Gene Wolf
M Rickert
Tobias S Buckell
Jack S McDevitt
James Van Pelt
Carol Emshwiller
Neal Barrett, Jr
Dale Bailey
David Grigg

ISBN: 9781597801058
Year of publication: 2008

WASTELANDS Stories of the Apocalypse Edited by John Joseph Adams INTRODUCTION by John Joseph Adams Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are said to be the harbingers of the biblical apocalypseArmageddon, The End of The World. In science fiction, the end of the world is usually triggered by more specific means: nuclear warfare, biological disaster or warfare, ecologicalgeological disaster, or cosmological disaster. But in the wake of any great cataclysm, there are survivorsand post-apocalyptic ...

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The Getaway Special

The Getaway Special


Jerry Oltion

ISBN: 0312877773
Year of publication: 2001

The Getaway Special by Jerry Oltion Acknowledgments Special thanks to Eleanor Wood for being wonderful, Bob Gleason for being patient, the Oregon Writers Colony for refuge from the real world, and Pat Dooley for writing a computer program to calculate the Tangential Vector Translation Maneuver. Preface I owe you an explanation. If youve read another book of mine called Abandon in Place, youve met a character named Allen Meisner. Hes a genuine mad scientist, a card-carrying member of the ...

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Anywhere but Here

Anywhere but Here


Jerry Oltion

ISBN: 0765306190
Year of publication: 2005

Anywhere but Here by Jerry Oltion For the United States of America Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right when wrong, to be put right. Carl Schurz May we never forget the second half of that quote. Acknowledgments Thanks as always to the Eugene Wordos for support and inspiration, especially Ken Brady, Aurora Lemieux, Eric Witchey, Dave Bishoff, and Blake Hutchins, who made sure I sat down and wrote when I said I would by the simple expedient of coming over to my house and ...

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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalipse

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalipse


Stephen King
Elizabeth Bear
John Joseph Adams
Paolo Bacigalupi
Nancy Kress
George R R Martin
Jonathan Lethem
Cory Doctorow
Orson Scott Card
Jerry Oltion
Richard Kadrey
John Langan
Octavia C Butler
Gene Wolf
M Rickert
Tobias S Buckell
Jack S McDevitt
James Van Pelt
Carol Emshwiller
Neal Barrett, Jr
Dale Bailey
David Grigg

ISBN: 9781597801058
Year of publication: 2008

WASTELANDS STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE Edited by John Joseph Adams Introduction by John Joseph Adams Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are said to be the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse Armageddon, The End of The World. In science fiction, the end of the world is usually triggered by more specific means: nuclear warfare, biological disaster or warfare, ecologicalgeological disaster, or cosmological disaster. But in the wake of any great cataclysm, there are survivors and ...

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