Friday, December 28, 2018

Remembering the Dog

I don't know who took this photograph. Maybe I did, maybe it was my wife. Though it could have been earlier in the timeline, and Leslie wasn't my wife yet.

There's information in this image. That face is supremely alive and invested in its world. No other dog that I have known has ever been so aware of her surroundings. The brick wall is free of ivy because Roxie decided to gnaw the weedy vine off at the ground. That 4-foot fence and gate weren't obstacles. That's why the heavy-duty chain is attached to a don't-shit-with-me pinch collar. Yes, that sounds horrible, but we live a short city block from a busy 4-lane road, and not only could Roxie have been killed or maimed, she could have precipitated a crash that would have hurt innocent people. And even those Medieval devices weren't perfectly reliable. Pinch collars broke every year or two. And that giant chain eventually wore out at the swivel. Roxie liked to pull and test and pull and test. A thousand shades of stubborn. That was my dog.

I wrote one story about my dog. "Roxie" was published in ASIMOV'S not long after she died.

I just reprinted "Roxie" as a Kindle book.

Friday, December 21, 2018

A Woman's Best Friend

I was recently interviewed by Doug Gordon at Wisconsin Public Radio. The subject? My retrofitting of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.

Mary leaves her library on a cold winter night to find a strange man in the snow. George is lost. George is searching for his lost life. But how that misplaced man came to this place, and what this place is ... well, that story takes an entirely different set of turns ...

My 2008 story, slightly edited and with an afterword, is now available on Kindle Books.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Great Ship (Greatship) saga

I've proven myself to be a relentlessly uneven blogger. Occasional efforts, long holidays, and no reason for anyone to keep track of my postings.

I'm hoping this changes today.

Most of my year has been spent editing my old and not-so-old work. At this point, 67 Robert Reed stories are available on Kindle, and I plan to offer a fresh classic every week. The inventory includes the Great Ship stories -- minus the recently published "Kingfisher." I've also published a Kindle Unlimited novel. THE DRAGONS OF MARROW is set just after the actions in my trilogy from PrimeBooks, THE MEMORY OF SKY.

Here is the master list, as of 12/20/2018. An approximate chronology is being followed. I have made changes as I work, and as I learn more about my never-ending universe.

As always, thank you for your interest, and your reading eyes.





The Remoras

The Residue of Fire

Aeon’s Child


River of the Queen

Night of Time

Parables of Infinity


The Caldera of Good Fortune

Precious Mental


The Speed of Belief


The Man With the Golden Balloon


The Cryptic Age

Marrow Redux



Good Mountain