Fiction, &c, by George Harvey

Yes, I write fiction. And I enjoy doing it. Some of what I write is environmental metaphor, and some is just what I enjoyed thinking about. Nobody seems much interested, but I did not write these to make a lot of money on sales, so that is fine.

These are available in a pre-published form online. The title link for each book goes to the online edition, where you can read it in a slightly unfinished form for free. The link to the print edition, which appears at the end of each entry and is marked “HERE,” goes to the book’s page at Barnes & Noble, where it can be purchased online. Softbound and hardbound editions are available for each, and one book has an eBook edition. In some cases, the print edition has different illustrations than those at the web sites.

Notes from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Wee Folk has a collection of posts on specific topics relating to Wee Folk and a series of pages describing their types. I wrote nearly all the entries at the web site and all of those in the book. For the sake of accuracy, I have taken every precaution to ensure that everything at this site is strictly true. One post is The Fairies’ History of Counterpoint and Harmony. The print editions are available HERE.

Gaining the Pass is a short play telling the story of why Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching.  Lao Tzu wants to leave the country and go into retirement. He is stopped by a customs official who learns he is a philosopher. The official decides Lao Tzu is taking knowledge out of the country and demands that the retiring philosopher tell him everything he knows, so an export tax can be assessed on the value of his thoughts. This leads to an impasse that can only be resolved by a shameless hussy. Like much of Taoist literature, it is a farce. The print editions are available HERE.

Where Heaven and Earth Meet is a novella about the lives of the Hindu god Vishnu, as told in about 1905 by a Nebraska native who owns a store in a small town and is a lay reader in a local Episcopal chapel. He tells the stories to his friend, a Yale-educated attorney who had started his college career studying Eastern Religions. As he does so, other people come by, listen, comment, and get actively involved, culminating in a midnight party around a bonfire. For the print editions, please visit HERE. The eBook edition is available HERE.

At the Pearly Gates is a collection of twenty-nine experimental micro-short stories about new arrivals at the gates of Paradise. None of the stories is as long as 500 words. I wish I could say some people like them, but it seems most find the whole subject uninteresting, so I do not get much feedback. You might try Shoeless Fisherman, Candidate for a Job as Choirmaster, or Carla Trodden. The print editions, illustrated with photos taken by the Hubble telescope, are available HERE.

Lives Lost and Found is a collection of twenty short stories, each in a historical setting. Some people find a couple of them, particularly numbers 2 and 19, a bit hard to read because they have graphically described war scenes. Despite the fact that about three quarters of them have some material related to war, I think of them as a set of stories about love, and the many ways a man can love a woman. One of my favorites is England. The print of editions are available HERE.

 

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