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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Zero Hour

Mar 16, 2019 · 9,314 words (34 minutes) · 4 views

silhouetto of creature during golden hour
There are Ways

Mar 14, 2019 · 647 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 8 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 with head sticking out of water during daytime
The Walk Back

Feb 16, 2019 · 5,333 words (20 minutes) · 30 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

Feb 9, 2019 · 1,147 words (5 minutes) · 36 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!

Feb 6, 2019 · 2,054 words (8 minutes) · 35 views

Horror Humor Science Fiction

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

Feb 5, 2019 · 4,508 words (17 minutes) · 29 views

Fantasy Humor

Tempers flare among the companions of a dungeon campaign.


Feb 4, 2019 · 1,402 words (6 minutes) · 33 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

Feb 2, 2019 · 3,339 words (13 minutes) · 42 views

Fantasy Horror Humor

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

The Known World

Jan 16, 2019 · 1,310 words (5 minutes) · 51 views

Humor Science Fiction

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.

The Best Path

Jan 6, 2019 · 5,764 words (21 minutes) · 55 views

Science Fiction

Spant has been genetically engineered since birth to live a life in micro-gravity -- to crew a starship. But what if that isn't what she wants to do?