A novella and three shorter stories, all science fiction
Bizarre Bipeds is an anthology of four science fiction tales, with a common theme: we humans are not the perfect crowns of creation we believe ourselves to be.
Liberator is a novella. Monsters from space wreck the peaceful life of the people. They commit unspeakable cruelties, because they need the people as slaves in their diamond mine. It takes a very special little boy to gain justice. The only thing is: the monsters are humans from Terra. The people have three arms, three legs and green skin.
This story has two roots: my lifelong hate of exploitation and cruelty, and many years of thinking about the question: what would the perfect mammalian body be like? As one of the villains in the story says, my little Greenies have just that. I only gave them one weakness: an adverse reaction to loud noise.
Dummies in Dimensional Drive is a lighthearted love story, but its setting is grim. Environmental cataclysm has destroyed much of humanity. The Galactic Council has come to help. They have terraformed Venus. Jim is one of those chosen to go, and uses his quick wits to ensure that the girl who’d been about to kill him comes too.
This story, like much of my work, is based on good science, including astrophysics and futurology. It is however fully digestible by those who would need to look those two words up in a dictionary.
A Different Invasion shows that beauty of the heart is more important than beauty of the body. Luci is struggling through a storm to get help after her stepfather had bashed her mother. Trevor comes and shows remarkable healing skills. Only, he proves to be a horrible-looking alien…
These two stories have a very similar underlying theme: our crazy culture is a form of species suicide.
In Cooked, a person from the center of the Galaxy blunders into our solar system. All it wants to do is to go home. To do so, it needs to create a mighty nuclear explosion. Some people manage to make contact, to show it that Earth has intelligent life. However, the authorities respond differently — and the visitor shows its gratitude in a way that makes perfect sense for its kind.
You can read the start of Liberator and buy the book at my web site.