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John H Reiher Jr

Joined July 2009 and calls The Living Sustainably Blog home.

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I’m a technical writer and avid gamer. I also dabble in a little fiction writing.

Stories

  1. A Monster

    A tall, masculine looking woman approached the podium before the amassed biologists and geneticists. There were murmurs in the crowd they had expected Hans K├Âlch, not this woman… who could be his twin sister. She spoke, “Ladies and gentlem...

  2. Squeal Piggie, Squeal

    Sitting on the porch of his “mobile home” smoking a joint was John, a shiftless layabout living off welfare and what he stole out of people’s cars. He was doing OK until a voice spoke into his ear, the hot breath irritating the hairs ...

  3. Food Porn

    I dipped the cherry tomato into the cream sauce and held it up by its stem for her to bite. Leaning forward, she englobed the ruby red orb with her lips, drips of the white sauce running down her chin. She bit into the ripe fruit and gasped in surprise...

  4. Calm Before the Storm

    It started out cold and damp, promising rain later that night. She knew this and bundled up in expectation. She would get to the meeting in plenty of time. Leaving her apartment building, she hailed a cab and headed to the rendezvous. It had taken week...

  5. Going South

    She turned south and roared down the road on her hog. The sounds of thunder getting louder. “Damn marauders,” she said into the wind her blond hair sailing behind her. She pulled her rifle with her left hand and set it into a mount she had ...

  6. Cowboys and Dinosaurs

    He rode into Lodestone on the back of green and red Struthiomimus. At his hip was his Smith & Wesson. In his saddle holster, his .30-.30 Winchester. On his back was his sawed off shotgun. He was a bounty hunter. The man was looking to fill a bounty...

  7. Ringworm

    In the nighttime heart of Beirut, in one of a row of general-address transfer booths, Louis Wu flicked into reality. His foot-length queue was white, dotted with red and bits of decayed flesh. In his hands he held a monofilament sword, the other a flas...

  8. The Simulacrum

    “I love you,” she said, her silicone arms holding me close. I smiled in return and turned her off. It was getting harder and harder to be with her these days. I thought that the simulacrum would ease the heartbreak, but instead it made it t...

  9. Future Conspiracy

    The phone rang again. “Hello?” “Hey, is this Eric Flores of 2009?” “Todd? Is that you again? Are you really in 2014?” “Never mind that. Are you Eric Flores in Seneca Valley, California?” “Yeees. Wha...

  10. Pledge Dive

    “Reach into your phone and pledge right now!” buzzed the feed from the International Public RSS feed. Jules ignored the plea, while he surfed the different web connections. They were always asking for a donation. Just a couple of giga-euros...

  11. Draw, Ya Sidewinder!

    The man in black barely tilted his head up and said “I reckon I didn’t hear you correctly. What did you say?” The young man stood his ground and said, “I said draw your iron, you sidewinder! I’m here to put you in the grou...

  12. Down the Rabbit Hole

    “…So, where does this new mass and energy go?” asked the chief researcher for one of the LHC projects. The team leader sipped his coffee and said, “We think it’s rolled up into another dimension. The folks at CERN are havi...

  13. Everything you know is...

    It was a private conference when the team leader at the Large Hadron Collider spoke the news. “So far, over the past year of successful runs on the LHC, we have found no evidence for the Higgs particle.” The assembled scientists murmured in...

  14. Lick The Plate Clean

    I pushed away from the table, feeling a bit woozy. Even though I weigh my food, I have to pace myself or my supercharged digestive system will spike my system and I can faint. Still, it was worth it. Everything tasted great, including the silverware an...

  15. All You Can Eat

    I could eat a horse. No, literately, thanks to that pill Gea the Trelean had given me, I could eat a complete horse in one sitting. Each bite would be digested nearly instantly by my supercharged digestive system. The side effect? I’d die. The hu...

  16. The Price of...

    20 years ago, we thought that we could kill spam emails by banning and filtering them. Companies thrived on providing anti-spam filters and blocks, but the spammers were far more cleverer and got around those filters. Laws were passed, people sent to j...

  17. The Brass Ring

    I looked through the peephole and saw an older man dressed like a Southern Colonel, right down to his Colonel Sanders mustache and goatee, only his was salt and pepper in color. I opened the door a crack and he took off his hat and said, “May I h...

  18. The Brass Star

    It was one of the brass stars that marked where Union Troops had shelled the unfinished capital building during Sherman’s March. I looked left then right, and then pried the star off the wall. There behind it was a roll of old and brittle paper. ...

  19. The Dog Walker

    I’m a dog walker. All kinds, big and small, I take dogs for a walk and let them socialize with other dogs. Normally I don’t listen in to their conversations, but lately they have been getting weird. There’s been talk about why they ha...

  20. The Future is Now!

    “Welcome to the Future” blared the rusting speakers. “Prepare to be amazed!” Claude stood on his toes to see over the railing at the diorama of the future Milford City. “In the future,” said a mans voice, calm and se...

  21. Addiction

    I can resist the siren call. I know I can. But from the glowing box, it calls to me, asking me to gaze upon its contents. To see flowing script and the iridescent jewels therein. But no! I must resist! Tempt me not my love, for I am a weak soul, my wil...

  22. The Duel

    The music lead me as I danced El baile flamenco. My opponent met me step for step as we danced Flamenco puro, each of us dancing solo, in tandem, and at counterpoint to each other. None would judge us but ourselves. Felipe was young, and did not feel t...

  23. By Any Means

    He had picked a spot up on a butte that overlooked the scrubland below. Besides him sat his Sharps rifle. It was outfitted with a brass telescope and set of cross hairs at the end of the barrel. Next to the rifle was three bullets, their brass casing s...

  24. Supreme Cuisine

    Step I’m a bit closer to the long table. I can see the backs of those seated, enjoying their meal. Step I’ve been in this line two hours now for chair 42 . Behind me stands a line a hundred strong, before me, only 4 stand in my way for dinn...

  25. Death and Rebirth

    There was another funeral procession today in Cozmel. Some forty mourners, at least two weeping brides, and the recently deceased. He was sitting proudly in his sedan chair carried on the shoulders of four young men. I had met him earlier when I first ...

  26. Tulann, Adrift

    It has been many weeks since I was set adrift from Coir. My sins are many, but none warranted the punishment I had received. Yes, I had several lovers, that is no sin. What finally caused the cutting of the cord, was my foolishness in taking Toma as a ...

  27. One Order To Go

    “You like? Me make more!” You have to admit, for a Trelea, he was a good cook. Enthusiastic, boisterous, and really, really annoying. “No Gea, I can’t eat any more. It’s good, but I’m human, we take time to digest ou...

  28. The MacGuffin

    Blondes. My weakness. There she was standing over me, with her sword at my throat. Not that I didn’t deserve to be in this position, not after what I had done. “Outlander,” she said quietly. “Where is it? What have ye done with ...

  29. Hymn and Hers

    The city of Se Lai was filled with music! Chorals and choruses, day and night. Everyone sang, no matter what their talent, or their voice. However, I was mute with embarrassment. I knew that my frog croaking would bring me shame and ruin the joy that f...

  30. The Grand Tour

    As a young man, I determined that I would travel the world and see the wonders she held. I set forth from my home and traveled the tourist routes that crisscrossed the globe. I saw the Pyramids, the Parthenon, the Great Wall, and the Grand Canyon. I wa...

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