Author Archives: Kent

The Thing, A Sci-Fi Lullaby

“The Thing, A Sci-fi Lullaby” by Kent Gutschke For Henry Kuttner, Charles T. Webb, and my dog, Rusty   As the funny-shaped thing zips into view— Zigging now zagging past Bill’s Greasy Spoon, Earl roosts on his porch with his old, brown dog, Sipping corn liquor, his brain in a fog.   Earl and his dog […]

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Haiku (August 1993)

I once bought a book on haiku and took a liking to Buson’s poetry. Buson was both painter and poet and as such, had a sharp eye. His haiku inspired me to write this on a brutal Summer day as I watch heat radiating off the highway. I think rather than using the traditional line […]

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Remembering Norman Sutherland

I suppose I never really knew Norman. Norman was a tall, lanky freckled kid. He was soft-spoken. And he had problems.

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A Frog’s Journey

One day as I banked my car along the curvature of Time and Space, I noticed a small gray object tucked near the windshield wiper.  I craned my neck and saw the object was a small gray frog. He sat braving the winds as my car traveled along the loop.

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The End of the World as We Know It

Evidently the world is going to end. And it’s going to end on September 23, 2015—that’s a Wednesday. It says so on the Internet. And they’re saying it on AM radio tonight. Some people are already backpedaling. Rather than the end of the world, they say “something big” is going to happen. But “something big” […]

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Snapshot: Vought F4U Corsair

I love snapshots. Anyone with enough practice or luck can take a good one. Most people have taken at least one great one.

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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

“So great had been the development of science on Earth by the 25th century that when we first rocketed through the voids of space and landed on that amazing planet, Venus, its inhabitants regarded us as superior beings…” —Buddy Deering   “It’s a ray gun…Flash Gordon uses one of them.” “Yeah, what mob does he […]

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My Zombie Fantasy

I have a zombie fantasy where instead of eating brains, the authors, filmmakers, and fans of the zombie genre all eat shit and die.

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D-Day at Seventy (An Oral History of the Landing at Omaha Beach)

What follows is an oral history of the amphibious landings on Omaha Beach by Private George C. Gutschke of the 29th Infantry Division.  He was a member of the Western Task Force: Assault Force B and embarked for Omaha Beach – Dog Green Sector – from the USS LST 337.  This sequence of events stems […]

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The Conquerors of Time

When the treadmill goes forward, positive radiation is released—and that sends me into the future! —The Flash from “The Conquerors of Time” no 125, December 1961     Somewhere there exists a strange pair of glasses.  The glasses neither protect the eyes nor correct the vision; they do undo the workings of your mind that […]

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Dreams by the Dead Seas of Mars

“Monsters, John!  Monsters from the Id!” —Lt.  ‘Doc’ Ostrow, Forbidden Planet   My dreams are dreams of an unbearable heat, forged in the arid and attenuated atmosphere of Mars and tempered in the deep recesses of Olympos Mons—a place where old minds give birth to old patterns of an alien logic—where strange thoughts rise from red […]

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The Big Bang Theory Is a Big Dud (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

 “All I want is the girl.” —Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark   A couple of weeks ago, I receive a call from my friend, Graham, who asks me if I caught the latest episode of the The Big Bang Theory.  I have watched the show maybe a dozen times—I am not a fan […]

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Revenge of the Fallen (A Political Tale)

We’ve all been there—you’re in the market for a reliable car or truck or F-22 and after bringing it home, it transforms into a malevolent robot with aspirations for world domination. This happens is politics—you’re in the market for a representative that lives up to those many campaign promises. Unfortunately when many of these elected […]

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Teleprompterville (A Protest Song)

Today I heard Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” on the radio and his ennui over a blown out flip-flop reminded me of my ennui over a possible intervention in Syria.  As I listened to his song, I began singing my own song.  Instead of flip-flops and frozen concoctions I substituted snafus and Assad.  So here is my […]

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Man versus Lawn

In his quest for perfection, my dad has entered into unholy alliances with every conceivable model of electric shears and self-propelled lawnmower known to man; he’s of an older generation that takes pride in a beautiful lawn.  One day as I sat in a lawn chair reading a book, his shadow fell over me.  He […]

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