"The Hibakusha"

      Cliff Burns
"The Hibakusha"

A post-apocalyptic horror story, creatures surviving in the ruins of a blasted city and a woman desperate enough to make contact with them...An absolutely terrifying tale, set in an unnamed city, some months after much of it was destroyed in an atomic blast.The survivors rake through the rubble for necessities, fight off disease, radiation and each other to make it through each day. But some are worse off than others. There are things in the ruins, human-shaped but of an entirely different species, competing for the same food, medicine, water. And you wouldn't want to meet them after dark...
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    Eyes in the Sky

      Cliff Burns
Eyes in the Sky

An alternative history where the Space Age never happened and less conventional types of espionage and surveillance are being employed..."Eyes in the Sky" is a science fiction novelette that harkens back to the "Golden Age" of the genre. It features a classic "what if..." scenario:WHAT IF the Space Age never happened and the atom bomb was a dud? What sort of alternatives would Cold War adversaries seek to gain the upper hand on their deadly enemies?A 10,000 word story that explores a possible past where technology takes a back seat and the powers of the human mind are employed as weapons and extensions of national policy. Influenced by the likes of Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, A.E. van Vogt, Alfred Bester and Barry Malzberg. An unsettling alternate history and thrilling tale of wonder.
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    New World Man

      Cliff Burns
New World Man

A tale included in Jonathan Gates' anthology of THE 20 ALL TIME BEST SCIENCE FICTION STORIES.A cyberpunk gem, set in the near future and all too believable and authentic...A short story that might be subtitled: "the last cyberpunk tale".Set in the near future, where viewers hitch rides on their favourite interactive TV characters, living their lives, experiencing everything they do. But can such programming lead to revolt, even revolution?Selected by Jonathan Gates for inclusion in the 20 ALL TIME BEST SCIENCE FICTION STORIES (Goldmann Publishing).
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    In Dreams, Awake

      Cliff Burns
In Dreams, Awake

What would happen if the end of the world came...and everyone slept right through it?A speculative fiction short story that is all too plausible--a killing plague that leaves no marks...What would happen if the end of the world came...and everyone slept right through it?A chilling and all too plausible short story about a creeping apocalypse, the extinction of our species just a few blinks away...From my 1997 short story collection THE REALITY MACHINE.
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    Teenage Wasteland

      Cliff Burns
Teenage Wasteland

Jamie just wants to buy a little dope, make some money before his dad finds out. Unfortunately, that means he has to deal with freaks like Lyle...A "coming-of-age" story, with a twist (more like a sheepshank).Jamie is about to enter the murky world of drug-dealing, which means he has to associate with crazies like Lyle.One night in the life of a young man about to step over the line...and has no idea what awaits him.A cautionary tale...that also happens to be funny as hell.
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