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by Lester Curtis
October 24, 2022, 11:58:37 AM
Forum: October 2022
Topic: The Unnatural Law by Matthew Cunningham
Replies: 0
Views: 95

The Unnatural Law by Matthew Cunningham

This is an impressive piece of work addressing the problem of bridging the gap of understanding between species. I especially liked how the alien formed an empathic connection with the lawyer by pointing to his relationship with his father. Excellent story- and character arcs, with a hopeful conclus...
by Lester Curtis
October 24, 2022, 11:13:38 AM
Forum: October 2022
Topic: PUHSAN WILDLIFE REFUGE FAQ by John DeLaughter
Replies: 0
Views: 74

PUHSAN WILDLIFE REFUGE FAQ by John DeLaughter

Cute story! I began to suspect what the ending would be like somewhere around the middle, but it was fun nonetheless. Reminiscent of The Twilight Zone.
by Lester Curtis
May 25, 2022, 11:19:10 AM
Forum: May 2022
Topic: Sweetheart by John Rossi
Replies: 0
Views: 556

Sweetheart by John Rossi

I'm not generally a fan of vampire stories, but I rather like this one, and I was greatly impressed at the author's attention to detail. He's created a very complete fictional universe with its own body of deep history. Setting, characterization and dialog are all very well done. Pacing is well done...
by Lester Curtis
May 16, 2022, 11:32:53 AM
Forum: May 2022
Topic: The May 2022 issue is now live!
Replies: 2
Views: 792

I Think, Therefore I Am, by Geoff Nelder

Outstanding piece of work, and very creepy, answering the question, 'How bad can it get?'

I'm nominating this one for a place in the Year's Best list.
by Lester Curtis
February 13, 2022, 02:20:10 AM
Forum: February 2022
Topic: Booru, Come Home by Tim Coyne
Replies: 0
Views: 735

Booru, Come Home by Tim Coyne

This is a very entertaining story; it made me think of something that might be told around a campfire. It's easy to read, and it's light, but still has enough danger in it to hold interest. Lots of vivid and likeable characters. The only thing that gave me pause was when Booru had thrown the Ice bal...
by Lester Curtis
December 06, 2021, 01:40:13 AM
Forum: December 2021/January 2022
Topic: The Terran Game by John E. DeLaughter
Replies: 0
Views: 896

The Terran Game by John E. DeLaughter

Another excellent story, and to me, this one had staying power. There's a deeply affecting tragedy involved, but also an almost shocking contrast between the values of the humans' trade organization and those of the natives of the planet. It's a fresh look at how soul-destroying the pursuit of money...
by Lester Curtis
December 06, 2021, 12:57:58 AM
Forum: December 2021/January 2022
Topic: The Balance of the Spans by JD Baker
Replies: 0
Views: 874

The Balance of the Spans by JD Baker

This is an excellent story overall, but one of the things about it that stood out to me is the way it's organized: each scene begins with an excerpt from this little society's historical record, and they're in reverse chronological order, so the reader gets deeper into their past as the story progre...
by Lester Curtis
November 12, 2021, 09:22:33 PM
Forum: November 2021
Topic: A Word In Your Ear The Killjoy Effect by Rob Wynne
Replies: 1
Views: 1161

Re: A Word In Your Ear The Killjoy Effect by Rob Wynne

Good essay, and I have to cringe a little because I've been a killjoy myself in the past. It took too long, but life eventually taught me some humility, and I try hard to just let everyone enjoy whatever it is they're enjoying and pay attention to enjoying my own sources of satisfaction.
by Lester Curtis
May 14, 2021, 11:19:51 AM
Forum: May 2021
Topic: "The Writer", by Nikhil Kshirsagar
Replies: 0
Views: 1681

"The Writer", by Nikhil Kshirsagar

Okay, surprise endings aren't often a good thing to try, but this one really worked. Very good job!
by Lester Curtis
December 20, 2020, 12:15:00 PM
Forum: December 2020
Topic: Peach Clobber by William Joseph Roberts
Replies: 1
Views: 1933

Re: Peach Clobber by William Joseph Roberts

Tightly-written, seamless, and fast-paced, with a solid plot. I thought the story arc and character arc were a bit shallow, but all the right parts were in all the right places, and it's easy to read and exciting.

Good work!
by Lester Curtis
October 16, 2020, 11:03:08 AM
Forum: Fun and Games
Topic: October 2020 Flash Challenge - The Day After
Replies: 16
Views: 9825

Re: October 2020 Flash Challenge - The Day After

Something's wrong with the board system; even the spammers can't get in. Our webmaven knows about it; I'll mention it again.
by Lester Curtis
September 23, 2020, 01:26:54 AM
Forum: September 2020
Topic: The Fairy Nymph And The Ring Of Death by H.L. Dowless
Replies: 0
Views: 3701

The Fairy Nymph And The Ring Of Death by H.L. Dowless

Fascinating story, but what pulled me out of it was the question of how such a long document was able to be fit into a package that could be carried by one bird.
by Lester Curtis
September 22, 2020, 11:21:52 AM
Forum: Administrivia
Topic: State of the Forums...
Replies: 2
Views: 3183

Re: State of the Forums...

Also, if you find you've been deleted, please re-register using your old screen name. That way I'll be able to find you among the long list of spammers I have to delete each day. I have a list of the deleted account names. Anyone wishing to join who has NOT had an account previously, please write to...
by Lester Curtis
August 18, 2020, 11:35:43 AM
Forum: Fun and Games
Topic: August/September 2020 Challenge: Romance
Replies: 2
Views: 5712

Re: August/September 2020 Challenge: Romance

bottomdweller wrote:Hey! I got my story in before Sergio Ente per Ente! How about that!
Jumped right on that one, dintcha? :lol:
by Lester Curtis
August 11, 2020, 11:11:52 AM
Forum: Fun and Games
Topic: August/September 2020 Challenge: Romance
Replies: 2
Views: 5712

Re: August/September 2020 Challenge: Romance

Wormtongue wrote:
Lester Curtis wrote:What's up with the 'August/September'?
Well, it's to allow for me to miss deadlines...
LOL!
by Lester Curtis
August 09, 2020, 11:10:17 AM
Forum: Fun and Games
Topic: August/September 2020 Challenge: Romance
Replies: 2
Views: 5712

Re: August/September 2020 Challenge: Romance

What's up with the 'August/September'?
by Lester Curtis
August 09, 2020, 11:06:24 AM
Forum: Fun and Games
Topic: Urban Fantasy: the results
Replies: 0
Views: 3668

Re: Urban Fantasy: the results

Congrats, Michele and Jon! And consolation to Iain and Megawatts.
by Lester Curtis
July 13, 2020, 11:35:49 AM
Forum: Fun and Games
Topic: Scooby-Doo Stories - the results
Replies: 0
Views: 4728

Re: Scooby-Doo Stories - the results

Congrats. Michele!
by Lester Curtis
June 11, 2020, 02:06:15 PM
Forum: Fun and Games
Topic: Scooby-Doo Stories
Replies: 0
Views: 7491

Re: Scooby-Doo Stories

... and mine.
by Lester Curtis
June 08, 2020, 12:53:41 AM
Forum: Writers Workshop
Topic: Writers Parasite [Contains Adult Language & Situations]
Replies: 2483
Views: 393636

Re: Writers Parasite [Contains Adult Language & Situations]

Damn, dude, you were gone for nearly a week; I was starting to worry. Glad you're still with us.
by Lester Curtis
May 31, 2020, 11:28:34 AM
Forum: May 2020
Topic: Look what came in the mail today!
Replies: 1
Views: 9094

Re: Look what came in the mail today!

Well, hey, those copies you bought do show up as sales!

Mine, I presume, is or soon will be on its way to me; Amazon billed me for it yesterday.
by Lester Curtis
May 30, 2020, 11:07:50 AM
Forum: May 2020
Topic: Look what came in the mail today!
Replies: 1
Views: 9094

Re: Look what came in the mail today!

My copy is on order. (I like paper.)
by Lester Curtis
May 25, 2020, 11:36:21 AM
Forum: Fun and Games
Topic: A Pox On This! - Results
Replies: 0
Views: 5820

Re: A Pox On This! - Results

Congrats, Michele! One of those votes was mine.

And, thanks to whoever voted for my story.
by Lester Curtis
May 03, 2020, 10:33:19 PM
Forum: Fun and Games
Topic: A Pox On This! - The stories
Replies: 0
Views: 7516

Re: A Pox On This! - The stories

My vote is in.
by Lester Curtis
May 02, 2020, 11:42:53 AM
Forum: Writers Workshop
Topic: Writers Parasite [Contains Adult Language & Situations]
Replies: 2483
Views: 393636

Re: Writers Parasite [Contains Adult Language & Situations]

Such fun stuff thee last couple days; don't know how I missed it. Today was a good day. Too much to write about but narrowing it down (while still thinking about turkeys) it came to either writing about a tiny spinning ball of intense energy shooting out sparks and then finding the ball was not spin...
by Lester Curtis
April 30, 2020, 10:52:09 PM
Forum: Fun and Games
Topic: April/May Challenge: A pox on this!
Replies: 0
Views: 7728

Re: April/May Challenge: A pox on this!

I've submitted a story.
by Lester Curtis
April 29, 2020, 11:26:55 AM
Forum: Writers Workshop
Topic: Writers Parasite [Contains Adult Language & Situations]
Replies: 2483
Views: 393636

Re: Writers Parasite [Contains Adult Language & Situations]

Yeah, FaceFuck. Zuck figured out that information is easy to steal (over and over again), and that information is both power *and* money, and he wants all of both. I'd never have had anything to do with it except that the Aphelion staff conducts business there in a private chatbox. Now I'm in the th...
by Lester Curtis
April 21, 2020, 11:47:06 AM
Forum: Writers Workshop
Topic: Writers Parasite [Contains Adult Language & Situations]
Replies: 2483
Views: 393636

Re: Writers Parasite [Contains Adult Language & Situations]

Damn, dude, how can you enjoy red spiders? I go outside and if I decide to sit down on something I stop and peer at it and there they are--EVERYWHERE--and I'm pretty sure they bite and leave itchy welts. They are a really pretty color though--Chinese red, I think it's called--and they seem to get ar...
by Lester Curtis
April 20, 2020, 11:04:27 AM
Forum: Writers Workshop
Topic: Writers Parasite [Contains Adult Language & Situations]
Replies: 2483
Views: 393636

Re: Writers Parasite [Contains Adult Language & Situations]

You mentioned a spider the other day ... I was in the basement cleaning the cat's litter box last night. I'd gotten all the turds and big clumps and was sifting for the smallest stuff--turned up a scoop full and a spider runs out. Wolf spider, I think, kind of fuzzy, long, strong legs, fast. Not the...

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