Frisson, a science fiction short about three thrill-seekers who find themselves adrift thousands of light years from civilization. Frisson Nicholas P. Oakley Serge peeled the dust-caked suit off, wriggling his feet free of the skin-tight membrane. He flung it carelessly into the locker, thumbing a button to begin the cleaning cycle. He turned…Read more Frisson
A science fiction short about a disgruntled poet tasked with making a barren world on the outer edge of civilization appeal to the intergalactic tourist. Haven Nicholas P. Oakley Carek Tullor tugged at his wispy beard and heaved out a sigh. The latest Theok Prime brochure was spread out in all of…Read more Haven
A science fiction short where a former gild trader, or slaver, is interviewed about his previous involvement in the trafficking trade. // Interview of Zethién M’ro, Former Slaver (48 A.R.) Zethién M’ro: I tell this only because I am forced to by the Reconciliation Commission and they have threatened to take my ribbondrive…Read more Interview of Zethién M’ro
This story was first published in Andromeda Spaceways Issue #59, in April 2014. Reposted here because it is one of my favourites. What if the aliens are tasty? Nicholas P. Oakley [Extract from the Helo-8 Xenoetiquette Manual, First Contact Guidelines, Vol. IV, ‘Troubleshooting and Less Common First Contact Problems’, Sections 600.1 - 1294.9, Fifteenth Imprint]…Read more What if the aliens are tasty?
"BESTIARY" is just out from Wily Writers. A lonely harvester operator on a remote terraforming project discovers a wild beast that he adopts as a companion, but the relationship isn’t all that it seems. What the editors had to say: We are quite interested in seeing more from Nicholas Oakley, whose story "Bestiary" proved heartbreaking,…Read more Bestiary in Wily Writers
My September book of the month is Marge Piercy's excellent Woman on the Edge of Time (1974) published by Women's Press. From Wikipedia: Thirty-seven-year-old Hispanic woman Consuelo (Connie) Ramos, recently released from forced detention in a mental institution, begins to communicate with a figure that may or may not be imaginary: an androgynous young woman…Read more September Book of the Month: Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy