Silence At the Fall of Night

A comet came and went unseen through the star system, leaving a trail of debris behind it. Melanie dreamed of Misha as the planet entered the comet’s debris. In her dream she could feel his hands, soft and stroking, the warmth of his breath on her neck, the feel of his body against hers. Never once, in the dream, did she try to see his face. She woke in floating darkness and pretended he was still there.

Stars That Sing the Requiem

“Stars That Sing the Requiem” actually began in 1982 as a concept for a screenplay, a college film school project that had to percolate a few more years before it came together into this short story. This is more of a tale of feelings than events, and has always struck a stronger chord with female editors and readers than male–it’s “October Skies” for those of us who had for most of our lives been pushed away from the quest for space yet yearned for it as strongly as any of the men. “Stars That Sing the Requiem” was first published in Galactic Citizen, accepted as a reprint to regrettably defunct Keen SF (and spoken of highly by the editor in an interview), published in Millennium, both the webzine and a later ‘best of’ print issue. The editors of Millennium nominated it for a ‘Best of the Web’ anthology, to which it was also accepted. ©1990 D. A Houdek (Deb Houdek Rule)

Terra Formation

Something happened on Earth. We can’t determine what it was, whether a natural disaster, or war, or what. Whatever the cause, a series of ships were forced to depart from Earth, starting out not more than a decade after us. Like ours, they’re asteroid ships, but constructed in haste, and without full resources, they have the capacity to reach only one destination.” She looked meaningfully at the star again. “This one.”

My New Website

Welcome to my under-construction website. I’ve had my website online since January of 1997, and have updated several times, and it was time for another. This time I’m revising to an entirely new kind of web code (ASP.NET) as well as remodeling the look and the content. The Laura Ingalls Wilder portion of the site[…]

Heinlein Society

I am now on the Board of the Heinlein Society, taking over Charlie Brown’s long-vacant seat. I am still webmaster for the Heinlein Prize Trust, and all their websites, including the online Heinlein Archives. New sites in this family include an author bio site for William H. Patterson, author of the new Heinlein biography, and[…]