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Bob Liddil

Joined October 2009 and calls Digitropolis home.

157 stories, 27 challenges, 209 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. Murder Makes The World Go Round

    Louie The Mutt sat in the back seat between his two former pals Alfonse and Roberto, the twins. It was dark outside the window of the speeding car, and being on a back road in Jersey didn’t help visibility. “If it makes you feel any better,” Robe...

  2. Murder and Slow Gin

    I’ve been a private eye for a long time. A lot of clients have come and gone. In all the time I’ve been on the street though, nobody I ever met quite compares to Shirley. Shirley, was a completely different flavor of broad. She was pleasant to the ...

  3. Tale In A Yorkshire Pub

    “Let me tell ya, Jimmie,” McTavish said as he pushed his pint pot toward the barkeep. “I was stopped out on the moors, me car flat out of petrol on this dark and moonless night with nae so much as a torch to light me way.” I nod...

  4. Billy Goat Grinnigan and the Lost Galapagos Goats

    My name is Billy Goat Grinnigan. I was the last of the Galapagos Goats. My ancestors were introduced in the 1920’s onto the Galapagos Island of Santiago. Human sailors brought my forebearers to this remote island off the coast of South America, a...

  5. The Night Walker

    Halfway in between sleep and dream, I lay on hard ground made only slightly softer by a layer of pine needles. A gust of wind ruffles the tent. A seeping of cold air wafts into the sleeping bag, sending shivers along my spine. I stir, then settle back ...

  6. Fahrvergnügen

    The autobahn stretches out before me, an invitation to spread my wings and fly. My driver seems a bit anxious at first, but soon, in the spirit of the moment, has my accelerator on the floor and my engine singing in operatic synchronicity. He is alert ...

  7. Ball Turret Gunner

    Alarm horns cut through REM like a tri-laser through a Kleg attack ship. I sleep in the ball so I don’t have to waste time running or strapping into the hot seat. “The ball” is my battle station – Ball Turret USRQ-21. Mine is th...

  8. Tic-Toc Said The Sandman

    Observe and report. That is my Prime Directive. Change nothing. Do nothing that will disrupt or change the time stream. He built intelligence into my system. The science required for time travel is no trivial thing and cannot be sustained through linea...

  9. The Unkindest Cut Of All

    Amazingly, blood oozed from more than 125 stab wounds, yet she still lived! In frustration, the world’s worst serial killer turned himself in.

  10. Listen Babe, Said the Snake

    “Listen babe,” said the Snake. “You got me all wrong. I’m just a contract player. I’m not one of the movers and shakers. One job, that’s it, and an easy one at that. All I have to do is get that lady over there to ea...

  11. Little Boy Blues

    The spy watched as B-29-45-MO, serial number 44-86292, swung around onto the duty runway, her four Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone radial engines idling comfortably as the pilot and co-pilot moved through their final check list. Things needed to be just r...

  12. Aftermath (Mature)

  13. Footprints (Mature)

  14. The Werewolf and the Fae

    The castle at the top of the hill was magnificent. From its topmost tower, Alexandru, a Prince of România could see everywhere. Villages, farms, fields, all spread outward before his wondering eyes. Alexandru’s tutor answered all questions conce...

  15. The Demon Sword

    Here I await, in deepest dark for some driven soul to penetrate down dungeon corridors scattered with the skeletons and rusted armor of those who tried and failed to release me from my isolation. Is it too much to ask to be freed? Where are the heroes ...

  16. The Vampire and The Monk

    The vampire, Vladimir Constantinescu sat with his back to the wall behind the farthest from the door and most poorly lit table in the tavern. Only one small candle flickered and it did so timidly. Brother Andelko Jadranka leaned into the candlelight an...

  17. Dear Santa, I'm Dead

    Dear Santa: I am dead and that’s kind of a bummer because, being new to being a ghost, I have no idea how that will affect Christmas. Being dead bites, Santa, because I don’t have an address, so how are you going to find me? I don’t h...

  18. Acid Rain

    It was raining when I woke up. Each droplet lit up brightly like incandescent falling fireflies trailing viscous glowing fluid from roiling clouds downward to a splattering violent terminus at ground level. Since I arrived on this planet, the sky has d...

  19. Ambition's End

    “When I grow up,” I told Grandfather, “I want to be a pilot, just like Slim Tyler.” I was ten and had just finished a very thick book by Richard Stone, called Aviation Stories For Boys, in which Mr. Tyler had vanquished his enem...

  20. Lefty's Last Stand

    Lefty had always been the quiet one. He never complained when it came time for him to ride drag. He never said a word when Cookie served beans and fatback for supper 40 days in a row. Come rain, shine, dust, or mud, Lefty just took it all in stride. A ...

  21. The Homeless Guy

    How then in all of heaven and earth have I arrived to such dismal circumstance as this, without home or hearth or pillow upon which to lay my head? ’T’would be better were I to be found smashed by road’s side impacted by some careles...

  22. Moonrise

    I hate fog. When fog rolls in, the nasties roll out and I always end up fighting with some reject from hell that wants either to kill me and eat me or mess me up so bad that my girlfriend will leave me for being too ugly. Tonight is one of those foggy ...

  23. A Christmas Present

    Abdul Aleem Sadeem shivered in a biting wind that whistled in among the tall buildings that dwarfed Rockefeller Center Plaza. So many people; it was hard for him to wrap his head around it – so many Christians, all out in the cold to celebrate Ch...

  24. Five Minutes After The Upchuck

    “Dude, no offense but you smell like whale puke.” “Ouch, my feelings!” Jonah replied. “I’ve had a tough time of it and you’re not making it any better.” “What happened to you anyway? I mean, youR...

  25. Tea With The Archangel (Mature)

  26. Chavatangakwunua

    Old Grandfather called us into a story circle soon after we had all eaten. He had a very special tale to tell. “Chavatangakwunua,” Old Grandfather began, “had no husband, even though she had seen 16 summers. Sadly, she was plain, and ...

  27. Technopathy 101

    Technically, it’s not stealing. That’s what I tell myself and that’s what gets me through the day. Not that I ever had much conscience about my ability. It’s always been pretty simple. I walk up to an ATM, concentrate really har...

  28. The Silver Skull

    There are twelve of us boys bunked in Cabin 3, the Junior Cabin of the Cherokee Tribe at YMCA summer camp. Eleven of them are asleep. I can hear them breathing, relaxed and easy. Not me though. I know what’s coming. At bonfire tonight Chief Billy...

  29. Chronomentrophobia

    I do not know what time it is, and I don’t appreciate you asking. There are a thousand things in the world more intimidating than clocks, but not for me. I suffer from chronomentrophobia, the fear of clocks. A clock gives me the heebie jeebies wi...

  30. Ongoing Lesson

    An impossibly bright single tiny pinpoint of light appeared in the center of the sphere suspended onstage in the physics theater. “The interior of the sphere,” the Professor commented, “is hard vacuum. If you will activate the view sc...