Back on Jan 1, 2018 I put my little three page World War 4 story (Dawn of a New World on the White House Lawn) on this site as a free PDF, and I see that it has had almost no takers. Hmmm ...... can it really be that no one wants to know the outcome … Continue reading World War 4 | Don’t you want to know what happened?
This little story was written in 1993, but given the financial fiasco that civilization got itself into in 2008, and hasn't really got out of, with the giant problems of global warming, habitat destruction, over-population, and the need for some kind of global government still staring us in the face as we continue to quarrel … Continue reading The Dairy Farm |A Galactic bailout for Earth?
Because I eventually want to put a collection of my SF short stories on this site, I'm introducing another one today. During the winter and spring of 1969 I was in Mexico City, working from Monday to Saturday teaching English in a busy school on the Insurgentes. On Sundays, I regularly visited the famous Plaza … Continue reading In Defence of Bullfighting | The Old Matador
To help start this year off, I'm adding something new to this website – the first new SF short story I've produced in a long time. Maybe the modern obsession with longer and longer novels (Stephen King's It has 1153 pages) has provoked me to try resurrecting the science fiction vignette or 'short short', a … Continue reading Dawn of a New World on the White House Lawn
These are the 10 shyest novels of all time according to me. Since there were over 25,000 novels written in the 19th century alone, and I probably haven't read more than 150 of them, along with maybe 300 from the 20th and 21st centuries, whose novels no one has even tried to count as far … Continue reading The 10 Shyest Novels of all time
Though I've been told that my novel Skol is the best of my books, you would never guess that from its sales. My other novel, The Birdcatcher, has had many readers over the years, and the first edition of The Shyness Guide was once selling well enough that I was threatening to break even financially. Meanwhile, Skol has had no following at all. … Continue reading My Lost Book – Skol
Like many people, I used to be sceptical of the Warren Commission finding that Lee Harvey Oswald was nothing more than a misfit loner, who shot JFK. I had always assumed that there was at least one other shooter. I didn't realize until recently that Oswald may not have shot anyone. Besides documentaries, there have … Continue reading Rescuing Lee Harvey Oswald
Have you read Thomas Hardy's 1895 novel, Jude the Obscure? If you haven't, it's the story of Jude Fawley, a shy, intelligent, sensitive boy, then man, who is too shy, intelligent and sensitive to fit into a callous, indifferent and hypocritical world. Jude is working class, but he longs to become a Greek and Latin scholar … Continue reading Rescuing Jude
In my 2009 essay For Madmen Only (now a page on this site), I presented my idea that the ending of Herman Hesse's novel Steppenwolf isn't at the end of the book, but at the beginning. For several years that was a page on the previous Alan Conrad/Shy Highway website where it received more visits than the rest … Continue reading Steppenwolf vs Herman Hesse