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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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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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Henry Kuttner’s Galloway Gallagher

Are you a technician or a driveling idiot?  — “The Proud Robot” (1943) The story goes that Galloway Gallagher got his name when his author, Henry Kuttner, called the frazzled protagonist “Gallagher” in the “Time Locker”, then mistakenly called him “Galloway” while writing its sequel.  Kuttner, realizing his error, combined the names and thus, Galloway Gallagher was born.  Whether […]

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The Peculiar Sensation of Time

I am afraid I cannot convey the peculiar sensations of time travel.  They are exceedingly unpleasant.  —The Time Machine (1895) Today I finished the final chapters of H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine and felt the sadness I always feel when finishing a great book—it is the sadness of parting ways with people I have grown to […]

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Dateline Hollywood—Mars Attacks (Without Reason)

It is an Associated Press dispatch, describing a universal nightmare.  —The Critic, April 23, 1898   After two unsatisfying attempts, one by George Powell and another by Steven Spielberg, it is obvious to everyone that Hollywood – from its producers and directors down to its writers and its gaffers – does not understand H. G. […]

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If This Were an Actual Emergency . . .

My second attempt at Flash Fiction.  This is based on an actual conversation I had with my friend, Bill, in 1999.

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Does Mars Need Women?

I wrote this a in 2008 in anticipation of Valentine’s Day.  At the time, I didn’t know David Levy was an accomplished chess player. This one is a touch early, but I have electrifying plans for Valentine’s Day—plans that involve a microchip, silicone, a tube of lip-gloss, and lots and lots of whipped cream.

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Gort, Klaatu Barada Nikto

My dad and I share a strange fixation with The Day the Earth Stood Still. I’ve loved the movie since I first saw it as a kid during a Saturday-afternoon matinee. Later in college my friend Kenny – who studied music composition – fueled my obsession when he convinced me to buy a vinyl record entitled The […]

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