Tim McDaniel

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Tim McDaniel teaches English as a Second Language at Green River College, not far from Seattle. His short stories, mostly comedic, have appeared in a number of SF/F magazines, including F&SF, Analog, and Asimov's. He lives with his wife, dog, and cat, and his collection of plastic dinosaurs is the envy of all who encounter it

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Published Apr 9, 2019 · 2,056 words (8 minutes) · 1 like · 55 views

Fantasy Love Magical Realism commitment chemical spill

Traffic is backed up -- there's been a spill of love on the highway.


Zero Hour

Published Mar 16, 2019 · 9,314 words (34 minutes) · 51 views

Humor Science Fiction secret identity secret society conspiracy theory

A teenager working for a clandestine society just maintain his secret identity while protecting the Earth.

Antony Gormley did an extraordinary job in creating these sculptures in Lake Ballard Western Australia. Visions of aliens in an alien landscape came to mind.


There are Ways

Published Mar 14, 2019 · 647 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 64 views

Horror Humor Satire Dark humor

A new -- well, let's call him a "researcher" -- arrives with a new idea on how to achieve communication with chimps and dolphins.

Dolphin inside the pool


The Walk Back

Published Feb 16, 2019 · 5,333 words (20 minutes) · 78 views

Science Fiction

Raymond's handchip is on the blink, and suddenly he finds he has to walk home. And that changes everything.

Lady running in a park in London



Published Feb 9, 2019 · 1,147 words (5 minutes) · 82 views

Humor Satire Science Fiction

Bill is old enough, now, to make his own way in life -- and yet he still hasn't decided whom to sue! His parents are getting impatient with his indecision. How else does one make money? It will take some creative thinking to figure this one out.


Transplant Horror from Beyond Space!

Published Feb 6, 2019 · 2,054 words (8 minutes) · 69 views

Horror Humor Science Fiction Medical horror transplant

Dr. Biklian is forced to deal with horrific aliens who have come to Earth for "donations" of body parts. Fortunately, the doctor knows a little something about transplants that the aliens have overlooked!



To the Winners

Published Feb 5, 2019 · 4,508 words (17 minutes) · 72 views

Fantasy Humor

Tempers flare among the companions of a dungeon campaign.

Decorated sword in grass field



Published Feb 4, 2019 · 1,402 words (6 minutes) · 73 views


Jeffrey Harlacker is seeking therapy to get over a fear of spiders. Another patient seems to have more unusual fears -- like the lowercase "t" -- and odd allergies to garlic and sunlight. Perhaps the therapist can help.

Each year, at Wimborne St Giles, there is a Great Dorset Chilli Festival.  In addition to chillies, there are lots of other ingredients, including these wonderful garlic heads.


The New Kid

Published Feb 2, 2019 · 3,339 words (13 minutes) · 85 views

Fantasy Horror Humor

What's a middle-school girl to do, when the Antichrist is her new classmate?

This is Brazil.


The Known World

Published Jan 16, 2019 · 1,310 words (5 minutes) · 100 views

Humor Science Fiction time travel Bad Dialogue

As you know, Tom and Bob have just completed their time machine, and now must decide who is to take the first trip, since (as you know) it will be a one-way journey.