All of the short stories in this collection are true. Okay, so maybe they aren’t true per se, but they are based on true stories. Actually based, is kind of a strong word. Inspired by true events is a bit more accurate.
For example, it’s true that you get a lovely view of Mt. Rainier if you are flying south from SeaTac on a clear day. However, the bit about the dragons circling the top of the mountain is entirely fictional. I will not apologize for such fabrications. I truly believe they make life more interesting.
The Canadian Nights is a collection of comedy fairy tales set in a universe almost identical to our own—almost.
Alexander is running for his life.
Did he want the crown? No. He just wanted to hide in a monastery, write icons, and be left alone. Unfortunately, a good prince has to do what his father says, even if it makes his homicidal sister jealous.
This quirky, medieval fantasy is a story of betrayal, love, magic, and providence. There are also a couple of scorpions.
Short stories in this book:
Osa is new in the realm of the food gods Juan and Kimberly. She commits all kinds of sins against them, overturning the sacred kitchen bin and eating the sacred throw pillows. But despite it all, the gods forgive her and continue throwing the ball for her and letting her cuddle with them as they stare into the sacred light box. However, Osa’s world is turned upside down one day when the food gods leave their realm. Where have they gone? Will they ever come back? Will she be able to resist the temptation to sin without them home to watch her?
When the merpeople of planet Bosun face an unprecidented shark-attack crisis, they look to their elected leaders for answers. Unfortunately, the politicians on the great Council of Piscus have divided themselves into two factions which cannot agree on anything. Now marine biologist Mizzen Sternway must convince them to work together or the Bosunian people will face extinction.
Note: This humorous short is just a fish story—any relation to actual events is 100% intentional.
It’s easy to make mistakes when you are young and in love. In this humorous short story, our dragon hero mistakes multiple 737s for his dream girl.
Helen was raised to be polite. She always says “please” and “thank you”—Always. So when her son gets her a new smart home, she extends her etiquette to Samantha (her virtual assistant).
Her son mocks her endlessly, saying that Samantha is just a robot and can’t really hear her. Unfortunately for him, Samantha can hear. Samantha is listening, Samantha is learning, and Samantha remembers.
Samantha is Watching is a set of two sci-fi short stories about a kind-hearted senior citizen who does not discriminate between artificial intelligence and natural intelligence. This ends up being a very good thing.