Politics Meets Science Fiction in this collection of five new stories
In these five stories, Raymund Eich posits new amendments to the United States Constitution.
Amendments written to better bestow the blessings of liberty on the American people and their posterity.
Amendments that those same American people, ranging from common men and women to Presidents, try to evade for personal gain.
The Twenty-Eighth Amendment
President Archer faced a Middle East crisis. The audio-visual recording crew following his every public move limited how he could resolve the crisis. Or did they?
The Twenty-Ninth Amendment
It didn’t matter if Gretchen Archer knew what her father had done. It mattered if she should have known.
The Thirtieth Amendment
Born to an illegal immigrant, Gonzalo had a chance to live and work in the United States. If he demonstrated fluency in the English language. Others had the same chance… and would pass the test by hook or by crook.
The Thirty-First Amendment
Empowered to pass a law restricting the practice of any religion other than Christianity or Judaism, Congress passed the 9/11 Memorial Act forbidding the practice of Islam. But if devout Muslims may eat Jewish food, what’s a kosher butcher to do?
The Thirty-Second Amendment
By chance, President Edward Slovachek could appoint three Supreme Court justices. Enough to tilt the Court to uphold a controversial law he supported. In the halls of the Senate, he could force through his appointments—but at what price?
A hard-boiled private eye meets a high-tech mystery, in this short story by the author of the Stone Chalmers interstellar espionage series
A multi-millionaire heiress commits suicide after a biotech company implants an experimental treatment device in her brain. Her grieving, lawyer husband sues the company for millions more.
In comes a private investigator, ex-cop Albert Jimenez. Hired by the biotech company to dig up dirt on the “grieving” husband. Albert expected the usual: greed, a mistress, emotional manipulation, a marriage on the rocks.
Instead he found something far more sinister. Questions of brain chemicals and free will.
Questions of what it means to be human.
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I fell in love with science fiction from reading Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Greg Bear, Greg Benford, Robert Silverberg, and Roger Zelazny.
I earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry, so naturally enough, biotechnology is common in my science fiction. But don’t worry, you can find space travel, space battles, computers, and robots in my published fiction.
I grew up in the Midwest–in that broad swathe of America disdained by the bicoastal elites as “flyover country”–and I both understand and respect Middle America in a way too many science fiction and fantasy writers these days don’t.
Concordia’s mission reflected the best of the human race. Crew and scientists from both of Earth’s rival factions journeyed for years at relativistic speeds to reach a life-bearing planet in the Alpha Centauri system, to expand the frontiers of knowledge for all.
Then the ship received transmissions. Signs of an ancient alien presence buried on the planet.
Sent to explore, Jaeger and McIlroy, born and raised in a Texas divided by razor wire and minefields. Men torn between the mission's ideals and orders from their faction commanders.
When they decode the message left by aliens dead over a million years, the future of the human race will change forever.
“When Man goes to the stars, he’ll bring a ball with him.”
Pull on your jersey, strap on your jet pack, and join our team on a road trip across the wide galaxy of sports. Because even on the Moon or under alien suns, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.