Ice Age, Space Age

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Ice Age, Space age is a collection of thirteen stories previously released as ebook singles, together under a single cover. The stories range from the most recent ice age to farther in the future than the human race is now from the dawn of civilization — strange times, strange people; but however removed in time the people in these stories may be, their basic humanity still shines through.

The Stories:

Pixel People

Pixel People is a story of the last days of a war that has gone on so long that it has become ritual. Through the eyes of the dehumanized, we see what has become of the humanity of the participants—and what indestructible hope is still left to the members of a weary people.

Adversary

For ten thousand years, the people of the habitats have lived in fear of Adversary, the focus of evil in the solar system.
One family, however, has grown to doubt the truth of the old tales. The four of them will challenge evil itself with nothing but a single shuttle and their heretical curiosity…

Consent of the Governed

Here’s what happens when the computer that governs all human beings decides that nobody needs to have children anymore.

The Fourth Dog

Dusker is a traveling loner in a dangerous future, and he doesn’t like surprises. When a fourth dog mysteriously joins the three trusted dogs he already keeps, he isn’t happy– but he’s far less happy to discover unwelcome followers on his trail. Now he has two surprises to deal with at once…

A Hell of Heaven

Willem has grown up in the City, an intensely crowded society in which no detail goes unmonitored and no deviation is tolerated. When he sees what is outside for the first time in his life, the sight will change him forever and introduce him to the unthinkable: another way of life.

Home on LaGrange

“I am Jorganhar 22bAR37m. I am lean and healthy. Welcome to LaGrange Market L-5 McLearen’s World, how may I satisfy you today?”

The Unfettered Dream

It is often said that wisdom comes with pain. Long ago in the north of the Indian subcontinent, a being of great wisdom arose. There is pain in his story, but perhaps the story we know is not all of the truth. Perhaps wisdom came at a greater price than we know.
This is a vision of what it might have taken to bring it into the world.

The Circle of Grass

As all of humanity gathers into cities, there are a very few who remain outside, to live as their ancestors did, close to the soil.  But in every people, there are some who are restless, who dream of doing things differently…

Prairie and Stars

Evan has been exploring the galaxy for most of his long, long life–thousands of years. Although nobody has found intelligent life, there has been grass on nearly every Earthlike planet. It’s a great mystery that Evan is about to unravel. On the way, he’ll discover even more–including, unexpectedly, about himself.

Mine of Men

A vignette that surveys the centuries following the invention of a cheap immortality treatment, and the struggle of humanity to keep from drowning under its burgeoning population.

Socrates, Unafraid

Join a teacher in a virtual world contemplating a hopeless future, reaching out to find a way to make a better world.

Hey, Baby

If you meet a man dressed as Elvis in a Las Vegas casino in the middle of the night, that’s not so strange. What is strange is when he tells you that he’s a priest, that Elvis is Lord, and he’s come from the future to find the truth of his scripture.
Stranger still is when his religious rivals show up to express their disapproval…violently.

Out of the Cold

As the Ice Age comes to an end, Bear Paw and The People follow the glaciers as they retreat to the north. The ice and snow are all that they know, but they may learn something new when a strange spirit falls from its place among the stars…

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