Category Archives: Short Stories

Algorithm | A Short Story | Bob Shepherd

I suppose that there have long been two types of people—those who expected that one day the aliens would arrive and those who were, well, clueless. But few took any of this seriously until 2:22 PM on the afternoon of … Continue reading

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Rosemary’s Baby, a Review

I recently saw, again, after many years, the Roman Polanski film Rosemary’s Baby, from the brilliant book by Ira Levin, a master of showing not telling in the realist/documentarian style. Levin’s books, with their detail left to speak for itself, … Continue reading

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Favorite Novels and Works of Nonfiction

Here is a list of some of my favorite novels, book-length nonfiction works, and short stories. These are books that have stayed with me, haunted me, significantly influenced my thinking. Each one is an outstanding read. The list is by … Continue reading

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The Idiocracy Is upon Us, or Dan Brown and the Art of How Not to Write a Novel

OK. I wanted to like the books of Dan Brown. I am inclined to give popularizers of ideas a break because some of them (George Gamow, Isaac Asimov, Robert Jastrow, Carl Sagan) got me interested in ideas when I was … Continue reading

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Sci-Fi Stories: Visions of “The Future” as Verdicts on “The Now”

A red light blinked repeatedly in the lower left portion of Talia’s field of vision. This was meant to be scary and was, as was the fact that she couldn’t order the voice accompanying it to go mute and to … Continue reading

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And a Little Child will Lead Them | Dialogue for a Film Short

Abby lied about the cookie. Yes, honey, I know. She did. And that was wrong. Yup. Yup. Why is it wrong, Grandma? Wrong to lie? Well, Sweet Pea, if you think about it, people could hardly carry on a conversation … Continue reading

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The New “New Creative Class” Isn’t Going to Be Human

I always worried that people like me, who write for a living, would become extinct simply because people would stop reading anything. But there’s this issue, too, now: competition from AI fiction-writing algorithms. Long ago, after reading Vladimir Propp on … Continue reading

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Grrls Aren’t Like Us | A Short Story | Bob Shepherd

“Hi. We haven’t met. I’m Shiela, Malcolm’s Mom.” “Oh. OK. I’m Renee. Jason said you were going to call.” “So, you’re letting your son go to this thing?” “Sure. Why not?” “Well, I don’t know. I worry. This kind of … Continue reading

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The Making of the President, 2024 | A Short Story

Lazlo Cizinec woke to peculiar light shining through the curtains, much like the light that usually greeted him on winter mornings but different somehow, subtly different. In his liminal state (of what had he been dreaming?), he tried to see … Continue reading

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My Experience in Corporate America | A True Story, Sort Of

I think it’s time I got a real job, I said to myself. After all, I can still commune with dead saints and the energy bodies of trees on my own time. So, I cast enfeebled, pallid, emasculated reductions of … Continue reading

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