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Bob Liddil

Joined October 2009 and calls Digitropolis home.

157 stories, 28 challenges, 208 comments, and 0 friends

I am an author of science fiction, general fiction short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. I have been published in several genres, including fantasy and poetry, as well as non fiction.

At one time I published my own computer magazine.

I have published several books using Print On Demand.

Spelling and grammar vex me sorely.

Stories

  1. I Am A Rock - I am An Island

    Simon and Garfunkle’s, “I Am A Rock” affected me deeply as a teenager. It crystallized the feelings of isolation and resentment that flooded through me like a tidal wave. More importantly, though, at least to me, the song, with itR...

  2. Alastair Keckilpenny's Treasure

    My Uncle Alastair died last week at the remarkable age of 110. Alastair Keckilpenny was my Great, Great Uncle on my Mother’s side of the family. I met him only once, on the occasion of his 95th birthday, celebrated in Wakefield, Yorkshire. I was ...

  3. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

    I walked out onto the stage with no introduction, dressed in jeans, a white tee-shirt and a light black sweater. I turned on the pre-set wireless microphone in my pocket before, in a single fluid motion, turning to face a roomfull of suited, necktied a...

  4. If A Smile Is Your Umbrella, You're Going To Get Wet

    Rain, rain, rain. Incessant rain has been beating down on the roof for more than a month now. Truth be known, it’s been making everyone depressed. Gray skies, gray clouds, swollen rivers, swirling fog and mist; it’s a featureless world outs...

  5. A Freshman at Ecto-U

    Today is the first day of school. From where I stand, in a garden classroom, I can see the main campus. A towering Victorian structure in such a severe state of disrepair as to be almost falling down dominates an open green surrounded by barran willows...

  6. The $1,000,000 Roll

    “Craps.” _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _...

  7. We're Burning Daylight!

    Our time is very short and there’s a ton of stuff to do and a lot of miles to travel before the day is through. There are people in between us and where we’re headed for, That could well mean trouble or it could open up a door. Life is mean...

  8. Trapper Joe's Secret

    Trapper Joe, he sit patient-like on de porch swing and listen what de Hollywood man be say. “We wan’ put you on TV, Joe,” he promise. “We pay you de big dollah, go on de alligator hunt wi’ you and you catch de big gator. Y...

  9. Cool Hand Lick (Mature)

  10. The Garden

    How long have I lived in the garden? I cannot say with certainty because time has no real meaning for me. I do not age. I do not toil. Rather, I contemplate. The brilliant coloring of the dawn, the chattering and chittering of animals and birds, the be...

  11. Come Down and Play

    They used to come in droves: wizards, eager to test their magic, thieves to be tested against impossible locks and traps, clerics in company with their gods and warriors, delicious warriors, rippling with muscles, bristling with swords, their armor shi...

  12. Magic Works

    “The tavern is very crowded this evening,” commented Tanykin the Tenacious. “Are you sure this is going to work?” Lelaya the Lovely smiled, adjusted her blouse to show the most cleavage decently possible and replied, “I kn...

  13. Summer Is Better

    Murder is more practical in summer than in any other season. Take the untimely demise of my late wife Marsha for example. Had I killed her in winter, spring or fall, she would surely have been instantly missed, because those are the seasons during whic...

  14. The Manhattan Lizard

    It was a disconcerting thing, and it brought our meeting to a complete halt. As we sat around a boardroom table, arguing over a merger, a lizard began to crawl across the outside face of the window, as casually as if it were in a garden in Poughkeepsie...

  15. Victorian Tragedy

    Bogdonavitch bludgeoned Belladonna remorselessly; she expired.

  16. Whatdunnit

    “This simply will not do at all,” the Kyzillian Purser’s Mate moaned. “This is a cruise liner; you cannot kill a human here. It’s murder, I tell you!” Human blood soaked into the fine carpet. A Ssznake, who was being...

  17. Suicidal Blues

    Some talk behind my back. “He’s crazy,” they say, “reckless” or “psycho.” Those are the nice comments. In their way, they might be right, because, truth be known, I don’t care if I live or die, not that I...

  18. Symphony in Burglary Major

    Somewhere a dog barked. The burglar froze in his tracks. Suddenly a shot rang out. A jagged bolt of lightning popped like a flashbulb and wicked thunder crashed. Now another dog joined the cacophony and yet another until it seemed that every dog in the...

  19. Through The Crosshairs

    Everything looks different through the scope. I can see the sweat beading on his face as he clings to his female hostage. The body language of her panic telegraphs her fear. Her eyes are wide and her scream is silenced under the pressure of the arm tha...

  20. The Ice Cream Man

    The playground is a happy place where little children play until the Ice Cream Man comes around at the closing of the day. Now you’d think that ice cream in a truck would fill e’re’ child’s heart with joy. Nay, it strikes fear i...

  21. Cracking Up

    Stand in the rain enough times staring at dead bodies and you might crack up like I did. I remember the case I’d been working on that day. It was a stranger abduction. A young boy, Dana Rose had been reported missing. Some students had seen him p...

  22. Another Day In Paradise

    Like sardines in a can, we’re packed so tight inside the drop ship that we can barely move to breathe. 24 of us, our packs and our weapons are crammed into a space so small a cockroach would get claustrophobia. That’s the nature of our busi...

  23. Trolls For Breakfast

    Rotten egg omelets, fat juicy worms, nice crunchy beetles that wiggle and fight, and warm sour milk, trollish breakfast delight!

  24. The Family Business

    “I really don’t want to have this conversation, Dad,” I said. “I’ve already made up my mind. I want to study at University.” He looked at me with that mortified expression he wears every time the subject of my prefer...

  25. Spontaneous Combustion

    I’m a Homicide cop. 30 years I’ve been on the job. In all that time I never saw a single case of spontaneous human combustion. This past week I’ve seen four. A woman on Downtown Metro; according to witnesses she just burst into a fire...

  26. My Inner Indian

    Before there was such a thing as political correctness, there was YMCA summer camp. Once a year, between the ending and beginning of school, I and 100 of my city’s rowdiest ragamuffins were bussed out to the South Carolina pine woods and divided ...

  27. The Path

    Death was easy. All it took was one well placed IED. I never felt a thing. Scratch one Marine. Three points for the bad guys. When I opened my eyes, the Humvee, my crew and the Iraqi desert were all gone. The temperature was 4o degrees cooler and thick...

  28. Super Bug

    When I woke up, three nurses were in my hospital room. They were dressed in full hazmat gear: masks, gloves, gowns, all tastefully colored a pleasant and nonthreatening shade of pastel blue. The only part of any of them that I could see were their eyes...

  29. Pork Chop The Dog And Mrs. Cat

    Pork Chop the Dog rules our house. He weighs 13 pounds and most of that is attitude. He is all bark and no bite; in fact, he barks at everything. Oddly, when Mrs. Cat showed up for the first time, Pork Chop was silent. None of his staccato barking, no ...

  30. Phased Lock Loop

    The Gadget was resplendent with switches and dials and pulse-chasing LED displays that made it look both complex and important. That was intentional on the part of its designer-builder. Kelly had a flair for the dramatic. Everyone said so. The MIT Doct...