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Far Fetched Fables No. 44 John D. Brown and M. Bennardo

February 17, 2015 by Gary Dowell

Flash Fiction: “Older, Wiser, Time Traveler” by M. Bennardo

First off, step one — commit a crime of passion.

You shouldn’t plan this, obviously. In fact, you can’t plan this. The defining characteristic of a crime of passion is precisely that it’s unplanned. Oh sure, there are tendencies. There are indications. A crime of passion doesn’t have to be a surprise–it just has to be unplanned.

In addition to Daily Science Fiction, M. Bennardo’s stories have also appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and others. He is co-editor of the Machine of Death series of anthologies. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio, but people anywhere can find him online at www.mbennardo.com.


Main Story: “Loose in the Wires” by John D. Brown

Some thought my brother-in-law Delmus was unstable; I just figured he needed some trials and tribulations to help clear his vision a bit. So when he found an agricultural role in the Peace Corps, I cheered. I could not wait to see the changes a noble service in the third-world would surely bring.
Delmus came back from Botswana one year later with the gleam of purpose in his eyes. He sat across the booth from me at an Arctic Circle in Big Pine, Wyoming. I watched him eat his Bacon Bounty Cheeseburger in one long, concentrated go. No talking, no looking about, just earnest chewing, punctuated by a few drags on his chocolate shake. When he finally came back from whatever gustatory dimension he had slipped into, he sat back with a smile of slack joy.
“Was the food over there that bad?” I asked.
“Billy Boy,” he said, “they were feeding me on rats and grass.”

John D. Brown is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. He currently lives with his wife and four daughters in the hinterlands of Utah where one encounters much fresh air, many good-hearted ranchers, and the occasional wolf.

You can find him online at www.johndbrown.com.


About the Narrators:

Rish Outfield is a writer, actor, and podcaster that can be heard as host of The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, which presents genre stories with a full cast. He also performs audiobooks for Audible, and occasionally becomes a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms, and the moon is full and bright.

Eric Luke is the screenwriter of the Joe Dante film Explorers, which is currently in development as a remake, the comic books Ghost and Wonder Woman, and wrote and directed the Not Quite Human films for Disney TV. His current project Interference, a meta horror audiobook about an audiobook… that kills, is available free on iTunes and at Quillhammer.com.


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