FlagShip – March 2012
The Kody’s Shame, by Brand Gamblin. Return to the world of The Hidden Institute. The Kodys are a winning bear polo team… then the owner finds that someone has been doping his bears. Without his permission. When his own… direct… methods fail to flush out the guilty party, he turns to a young man with a nose for trouble and a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time – Dizzy. Can he find the culprit and keep his reputation and his skin intact?
Try and Try Again, by Wayne Faust. The Fold allowed scientists to play with human genetic code, upload the new embryos, and observe human development at a vastly accelerated pace. But when experiment after experiment fails to produce a good result, it was time once again to wipe the slate clean.
The Observation of Oral Porter, by Paul Siluch. Oral Porter was a mousy man with one great virtue. He was cheaper to hire than an AI. No one thought that manning a simple orbiting station would make him the savior of the human race, especially Oral. At least, not until he met two alien reality TV show producers…
And of course, there’s the Editor’s Column, and our own Gypsy Ninja Princess, Laura Nicole, reviews The Hunger Games.
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This month’s authors…
Brand Gamblin spent most of his youth in Texas, culminating with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Texas Tech. Then he pursued his childhood dream of making video games, working for such companies as Microprose, Acclaim, and Firaxis. He is currently developing UI frameworks for a network security company.
In 2007, Brand created the YouTube comedy show “Calls For Cthulhu”, which quickly gained a cult following. In 2008, he finished NaNoWriMo with his first novel, “Tumbler”, which he later published. In 2009, he finished NaNoWriMo with his second novel, “1884” which is still under development.
Wayne Faust has had over thirty stories published in various places, including one in Australia and another translated into Norwegian for a magazine in Scandinavia. His work has been featured often in the Colorado Homegrown Tales series in downtown Denver, where professional actors read stories in an intimate setting. ( www.homegrowntales.com )
He has also been a full-time music and comedy performer for over thirty years. ( www.waynefaust.com ) Because he has written songs for so many years, where you have to say everything you need to say in three verses or less, his fiction tends to be tightly written and easy to read. This is his first story for Flagship.
Paul is a portfolio manager in Canada, although he was trained as an electrical engineer. He has written a financial newsletter for 20 years and science fiction on the side. He is a member of the Minnows writing group and has been previously published in yesteryearfiction.com.
Zach Ricks is an attorney / project manager / writer / aspiring imperialist warmonger living in Austin TX with a very understanding wife and daughter. He found science fiction at five years old when his parents made the tactical error of taking him to see “Star Wars” while visiting family in Alaska. They later recalled that it was the first time they’d taken him to a movie where he hadn’t been whining about having to go to the bathroom or wanting popcorn. And while it was a welcome change, it also sort of freaked them out. He grew up on a potato farm in Idaho, which gave him a lot of time riding around on tractors and pondering “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” Today, he can be found occasionally posting short stories at MadPoetFiles.com. His latest project is Flying Island Press – a publisher of e-magazines for anything with a screen or a pair of earphones.
Laura Nicole started out writing poems and short stories throughout school and got her dramatic blood circulating through community theatre. In 2007 she was introduced to audio drama by her father Alan Spencer, who needed an authentic German accent for a show. After 2 years of voice acting, Laura helped start Gypsy Audio and the group allowed her to put some of her poetry and stories into an audio format while still acting in several different shows. After helping David out with editing scripts for one of his shows, they became literary partners in crime bouncing ideas off of one another which prompted the start of Scrivener’s Circle.