The Refugee – Stephen Rowson
6000 words General Fiction
A naïve college student in the sixties finds himself playing a game of Cold War espionage.
This story is included in the collection This Land is My Land
On a sunny June day in 1963 I crossed the broad pavement leading to Kansas City’s City Hall. My shirt pocket held a letter from the Water Department stating that based on the application I’d submitted in March I was being offered a summer job as “Engineering Intern I”. After keeping my nose to the grindstone all winter at school, and having never had a real job before, I looked forward to some new experiences—maybe even excitement. As it turned out, I got that all right.
This Land is My Land – 16 short reads for lazy days
‘This Land is My Land’ and ‘Came as ‘me’, Left as ‘we’’ are ‘his and hers’ holiday reads from Alfie Dog Fiction. The collections bring together some of the best short stories from 37 authors across the globe.
‘This Land is My Land’ is more action and adventure driven while ‘Came as ‘me’, Left as ‘we’’ contains a mixture of women’s fiction, feel good stories and romance, and both contain stories to leave the reader thinking. Alfie Dog Fiction’s managing director, Rosemary Kind, says “We know from our readers that they like to stock up on reading matter for their holidays and these collections offer the perfect way to do just that.”
Both collections have a truly international feel, not only through the spread of the writers but the fascinating backdrops to the stories. Within the pages the reader will travel from diamond mining in Australia to a lone tree in an African desert, from the quintessential English seaside Pier to the jungles of Malaysia and coast to coast across America.
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Stories included: Winter Light – Henry Mitchell, Tiburcio’s Treasure – G. Lloyd Helm, Fordsburg Apology – Tom Rhoyd, The Sergeant Major Instructor – Martin Gosling, Presence – Michael Barry, Deadly Nightshade – Peter Lingard, The Tree – Dr. Robert Clifford, Tightrope – Michael Mohr, Rosie The Riveter – Chris Cooke, The Refugee – Stephen Rowson, Grey Matter – John Malone, Hunting at Dawn – Ian D. Smith, Under the Baobab Tree – Roger Woodcock, A Forgotten Key -Gerard Taylor Wallace, The Storekeeper’s Town – Paul Peppers, Beasties that Bite and Sting – Terence Brand
Time Crime – Stephen Rowson
4380 words Science Fiction
Imagine the havoc two juvenile delinquents could wreak if they got their hands on a time machine!
May, 2039. Virginia Evans, sheriff of a rural Kansas county, settled into her office chair, took the day’s first sip of coffee, and made a face. She was trying to decide what to do first when a knock on her open door interrupted. She looked up. “Oh, Jim. Come on in.” Deputy Jim Dugan, young, eager and smart, seldom bothered her with commonplace problems. He sat on the straight chair beside her cluttered desk and balanced a thick file folder on his knee. “I’ve come across something unusual you might like to know about.”