DO ELECTIONS REALLY HAVE CONSEQUENCES?
This saying is repeated often, and seldom fully understood.
So this collection of pure fiction came into being, which explores the choices that politicians and those who manage them, and follow them. We can see the results of their choices in these fantastical worlds. Told through the lives of those affected, often as unintended effects on those lives.
Because that is the best way to tell stories, to let them explore their own themes, is by telling those stories through the fictional characters who “lived” them.
There seems too much harshness, too much insensitiveness to others in our current culture. Even the word “intolerance” has been twisted to mean “you don’t agree with me or my ideas, so…”
In these stories, good wins out. There are no true tragedies here, other than what lies beyond the main character’s own stories.
There are bad consequences to treating people badly. Because the Golden Rule is one natural phenomenon that is inexorable – as you treat others is how you wind up treated.
But we’ll leave it at that.
Because this hefty anthology of stories was pulled from three years of short-fiction output. And stories are meant to be entertaining, not preachy.
Each of these authors has grown in style and ability during that time. And the stories are not accumulated by their growing finesse, but by relevance to exploring consequences.
Here you’ll find satire, romance, adventure, and mystery – even redemption at times. All a quiet way to distract yourself from our currently too-serious world of elections, politicians, and governments run amuck.
Each is short, but easy to get through in small snippets of time. This is no over-arcing set of tales set in any epic world. Instead, these worlds are not too different from our own – or what our world could wind up being.
While it’s true you don’t alway get the candidate you vote for, it’s also true that you get the government you settle for.
Because elections do have consequences. Even in fiction.
Doppel by S. H. Marpel, R. L. Saunders
The Panic of 2020 by S. H. Marpel, R. L. Saunders
The Chardonnay Conspiracy by R. L. Saunders
The Integrity Implosions by R. L. Saunders
The Lonely Witness by R. L. Saunders
The Mystery of Meri by S. H. Marpel
Mind Timing by R. L. Saunders, C. C. Brower
Our Second Civil War by R. L. Saunders, C. C. Brower
Riot Wall by S. H. Marpel, R. L. Saunders
A Very Thin Line by S. H. Marpel
The Case of the Walkaway Blues by J. R. Kruze, S. H. Marpel
For the Love of ‘Cagga by R. L. Saunders, C. C. Brower
Synco (TM) by R. L. Saunders, J. R. Kruze
The Tunnel People by R. L. Saunders
When the Cities Died, I Danced by C. C. Brower
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