The Ghost in the Little House by William V. Holtz

The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane by William V. Holtz, reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule. A biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s only daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It is rather controversial among Laura’s fans as a major premise of the book is that Rose, not Laura, was the real writer of the beloved Little House series of books.

Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings

Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Stephen W. Hines, reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule. A collection of articles Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote in the decades before the first of her “Little House” books came out. For about twenty years before her first book, “Little House in the Big Woods,” Laura was a regularly published writer of articles and essays in regional newspapers and farm magazines beginning in 1911.

Heinlein’s Women

Heinlein’s Women: Role Model Characters in the Heinlein Juveniles. This article is based on a presentation given by me at BayCon 2003, May 24, 2003, in a panel discussion by Heinlein Society members on Heinlein’s Women characters. My portion of the discussion was on the older women characters in the juvenile novels as role models.


Chimaera is a fantasy story containing violence and sexual situations. Consider it R rated. Originally published in “Galactic Citizen”, Summer issue 1993. Reprinted in Jackhammer, April 1998. ©1993 D. A. Houdek (Deb Houdek Rule)

The 47th

The 47th is based on a brief time I worked at an institution of the severely retarded. I sometimes wondered if there was more going on within some of those people than anyone realized or gave them credit for. ©1991 D. A. Houdek (Deb Houdek Rule)

The Last Ship

Second was beginning to suspect this was not the planet’s most choice real estate. Still, if there were sentient aborigines at a primitive enough level conquest, wealth, and godhood awaited him. Also, he pondered, ripping through the annoyingly fuzzy creature’s exterior shell, if they were bipedal humanoids with appropriate mating portals, well, that would be a nice bonus.