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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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A Death in Tadcaster

Published May 4, 2020 · 2,984 words (11 minutes) · 85 views

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Old woman and famed amateur detective Miss Dalyrimple is dying. At her bedside, Vicar Swettenham is going to learn some surprising information about her career solving crimes.

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Another View of the Matter Addressed in Shelley’s “Ozymandias”

Published May 3, 2020 · 2,828 words (11 minutes) · 96 views

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Khufu, Pharaoh of Egypt, is visited by a mysterious alien robot who offers him technological wonders. It is up to the Pharaoh to choose which gift to accept. What does he really want?

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Welcome to SFCO

Published May 3, 2020 · 2,044 words (8 minutes) · 85 views

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A useful handbook for new employees of SFCO, An excerpt: "Some employees may be asked to fill out a short self-evaluation form, while others may be challenged to fight to the death in the sand pits (on the second floor, just past Gary’s office).  Others may be required to write and perform quarterly operettas, declamations, artfully staged writhings, or tragic performances that will play on the heartstrings (only sometimes literally) of supervisory staff."

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Kohl's Quality Impressions

Published Apr 28, 2020 · 10,808 words (40 minutes) · 80 views

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Kohl's work involves the raising of ghosts, for personal reasons or for public display. He's very good at his job. But after serving time for the murder of his mentor he finds he can only afford a cheap studio and cheaper equipment. Then his ex-lover, and ex-wife of his mentor, comes back into his life, and Kohl finds that some ghosts need to be laid to rest.

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The Common Good

Published Apr 27, 2020 · 2,091 words (8 minutes) · 56 views

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An important member of the village, whose well-being is vital to the economic health of many townsfolk, is dying. Magic can be used to save him -- perhaps. But magic has a cost: if someone is to live, another must die. One with a lot of potential living still to come. A child. Tanner has to cast a vote.

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Hop and Hop with Gleepglop-Geep! A Bedtime Reader

Published Oct 12, 2019 · 1,904 words (7 minutes) · 311 views

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Gleepglop-Geep learns valuable life lessons as she begins to grow up -- lessons about sibling rivalry, defeating Mother, and taking her place in society.

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Appendices

Published Sep 30, 2019 · 2,421 words (9 minutes) · 197 views

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Just what is the appendix? What is it for? Here are several thoughts on that question.

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Spill

Published Apr 9, 2019 · 2,056 words (8 minutes) · 1 like · 324 views

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

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Zero Hour

Published Mar 16, 2019 · 9,314 words (34 minutes) · 336 views

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

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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.

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There are Ways

Published Mar 14, 2019 · 647 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 315 views

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

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