SOUTHERN FRIED SCI-FI: TALES FROM THE NASFCAS
EDITED BY LIN NIELSEN COCHRAN AND SCOTT HANCOCK
An eclectic collection of stories from the members of the North Alabama Science Fiction and Cake Appreciation Society.
•Earl, Bubba, and the Flying Hubcap - by Louise Herring-Jones - Two Alabama good ol' boys have a close encounter.
•Messenger - by Dan Thompson - A wanderer arrives at an isolated village with news about the plague that devastated the world.
•Pink Eggs in a White Box - by Michael Guillebeau - A lonely technician finds love in an unexpected place.
•Mother Gone - by Nancy G. Swanner - Three children search for their kidnapped mother, unaware that there is magic involved.
•Blinkedy-Blink - by Cheryl Rydbom - A young woman bent on avenging her defrauded grandmother receives unexpected and mysterious aid.
•Harry Truman Remembered - by Louise Herring-Jones - The Mt. St. Helen volcanic eruption is remembered in a poem.
•Talent Scout - by Scott E. Hancock - Searching for people with paranormal talents, an undercover scout finds more than he was looking for.
•An Untimely Winter Wind - by Mary Brunini McArdle - A cold winter wind brings magical visitors to a woman in North Alabama.
•Pattern for Change - by Liana Thompson - A genetics researcher makes a startling discovery about the 'junk DNA' in the human genome.
•Starla Page and the Dream of Odysseu - by Rebecca Brown - The crew of the “Claw” were used to danger, but when they tried to salvage a derelict starship they discovered more than even they were prepared for.
•Hardrad's Choice - by Lisa J. Prince - A priest must decide whether or not to challenge the murderer of his aristocratic father.
•Meemaw's Wachukkas - by Stephen Webb - Grady's Meemaw had a secret recipe and its ingredients couldn't all be found in the garden patch.
•What I Know About Heroes - by Chuck Wilkerson - A strange old man shows a young collegue that there may be something in life beyond fast food service.
•Gods Among Men: Bishop Storm - by Kenny Emmanuel - A young man is caught up in a secret war between a vigilante group and an idealistic organization on the verge of creating a new world order.
•Everyone's Right - by Nancy G. Swanner - A couple's moonlight drive has an unexpected destination.
•In the Zone of Alienation - by Dan Thompson - A young woman on a motorcycle ride through the restricted zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant discovers it is not as dead as most people think.
•Theme from an Imaginary Western - by Tom Winstead - A man tries to find meaning as his life keeps looping back through a surreal Wild West adventure.
•Oasis - by N. Burke Maulsby - Isolation on a remote planet combined with immortality drives some of its inhabitants to desperate measures.
•A Wake for Rufus - by Louise Herring-Jones - Four friends share a meal in memory of the departed Rufus.
•It Came from Ophiuchi - by Dan Thompson - A collector finally acquires the rare Tibetan Cheese, just in time for an alien to claim it as its own.
•Lianas - by B. Kim Hagar - An elderly woman living on the Moon helps a friend find closure over the loss of her husband.
•Caring Touch - by Liana Thompson - Even death can't stop a mother's love.
•Valentine - by Scott Hancock - A child of the night searches and questions, and during his darkest hour finds all of his answers at once.
•The Renegade - by Ginger K. Nelson - A tattoo on a dead body drives a staid and prudish woman to uncharacteristic behavior.
•Resurrection Dance - by B. Kim Hagar - Poetic vision of the sky.
•Shifting Gears - by Lin Nielsen Cochran - On Mars, an angry girl attempts the most challenging mountain bike ride in the Solar System, Mons Olympus.