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Robotech_Master

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146 stories, 3 challenges, 261 comments, and 5 friends

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Chris Meadows spent his formative years in Jonesboro, Arkansas, followed by the small-town environment of Cassville, Missouri, before moving to Springfield to attend Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University). He graduated in 1996 with a degree in Mass Media, and returned a few years later for another degree in Computer Information Systems.

Most of Chris’s professional experience is in the customer service and technical writing fields. Chris has always enjoyed writing, and has been a moderator of two separate Usenet newsgroups. His other hobbies include collecting Japanese animation and Hong Kong action cinema, roleplaying, and the computer game City of Heroes.

Chris lives in Springfield, Missouri with his two cats, Benji and Diva. He is currently helping to organize a small gaming convention, Springfield G.A.M.E., at http://springfieldgame.com.

On the original version of Ficlets, Chris wrote many interesting tales. They may be found in the Ficlets archive.

Stories

  1. Subway Speed

    I had regained my balance by the time we hit the door—which was good, as it opened out onto the subway tracks, and we were racing between a tag-covered concrete wall on my right…and a subway train on my left. We matched speeds with it for a moment,...

  2. Gun Body

    After the fight was over, she took me away from the fighting, back to the Aegis base, sending me reassuring thoughts through our link as she went. She almost didn’t need to; I was happy enough no longer to be under the control of that nut case th...

  3. Trigger Event

    There was plenty of fighting. I was fired a lot. I did my best to try to hold my fire, or miss, or whatever, but like I said, it only used my brain. The part of it that processed visuals, I guess. As long as I could see, he could shoot at what I was se...

  4. It's a Gun's Life

    And as if being turned into the gun of a robot that used to be my car wasn’t bad enough, when my captor was assigned guard duty at a refinery it was even worse. It wasn’t a petroleum refinery. They would herd people into small cells with me...

  5. Crotch Rocket

    I straddled the motorcycle dubiously. It was a huge, sleek, yet bulky thing—a touring bike, at least half the weight of a car (and maybe heavier than a Volkswagen). I stared at the instrument panel—one huge multifunction display, currently blank. N...

  6. Resource Refinery

    Fox and Josh followed the school buses discreetly, dropping back a block or two then taking a side street to avoid running into Marauder escorts. They didn’t really need to stick right on their tail now that Fox had spotted them, she explained. S...

  7. Contact Sport

    Dakotah spun around. “Brian?!” But even as she started to move forward to embrace him, she detected the trademark graininess that bespoke a projected hologram. She converted the erstwhile lunge into a stumble, and stopped, staring at him—...

  8. And They Twain Shall Be One Flesh (Mature)

  9. Cab Over

    Time seemed to slow down as James looked “up” and watched the ground rotate into place above him and then begin lowering. He just had time to wonder if there would even be enough left of him to scan into a robot, when a jarring impact stopp...

  10. A Gift Freely Given

    I had to do it all properly, of course. With the decision made, I visited those places again, with a new eye toward what I wanted. Certain scarves, certain charms, just the right blankets, a fine pair of socks or two. It helped to know her tastes, and ...

  11. The Weight of Intelligence

    “Hmm, that tickles,” Bran said. “Like…someone tickling the inside of my head. From the inside. Strange.” “The sensation is inversely proportional to the length of time it takes,” Star explained. “A fast flash...

  12. The Quintessential Pickup

    “You sure you’re up to this?” James asked. “I can take the wheel if you want.” “Not yet,” Sera growled. “Got something else for you to do.” A section of the cab roof slid back, and the seat back sli...

  13. Masquerade Breakdown

    From her seat on the other side of the classroom, Rae stared at Violet and the robot. Is that two-bit copy of me off her nut? she wondered. You don’t just break Masquerade unless…crap. Rae jerked to her feet, yelled, “Ima throw up!”...

  14. Into Enemy Territory

    They got off the freeway in a decrepit part of town, where urban decay had been allowed to have its way unchecked. It had been this way ever since the turn of the previous century: one economic downturn after another had driven people out of this part ...

  15. Arming up

    “All right. All frickin’ right.” Josh sighed. “You guys do realize you’re sending a civilian into a war zone, right?” “Nobody’s a civilian in this war,” the woman said darkly. “We’re all...

  16. Welcome to Cra-a-a-a-azy Aegis's Used Car Lot!

    “Like I care what kind of car it is? It’s a piece of crap!” Fox growled. Josh grinned, and turned to one of the technicians. “Hmm. You know, I’ve been looking for a good used car. Think maybe I could take this one off your...

  17. We're All Kooks Here

    “Only what I hadn’t already guessed.” Bran shrugged. “The conspiracy sites have a surprisingly accurate picture—at least, if you read the top three and average them out.” Jason grinned. “The war’s been going ...

  18. Not So Easily Brushed Off

    Violet sighed. This was the third time this year. If their friendship kept ending like this, Violet might start thinking Rae didn’t like her or something. She frowned, trying to figure out what she’d done this time. Then it hit her. “...

  19. Fidgeting

    James frowned, trying to figure the odds in his head for whether the new arrivals were robots in disguise or just the random odd vehicles you got every so often. It was a little hard to concentrate when— “Ow! What was that?” James looked ...

  20. DTA Exemption

    Josh was sure there were some flaws in her logic, but he’d been hit with so much already in just the last hour or so that he was having a hard time thinking straight. “I suppose that’s right,” he said at last. “And also th...

  21. There Went the Neighborhood

    “Heh heh, yeah, that would be me,” Josh said. The Milano stood over Silverfox’s fire-blackened form, shook his head, and clucked sadly. “She’s going to need some major bodywork. If that thing can even be fixed. Sheesh, I k...

  22. Scooter Girl Scoots

    “Anyway, I used your technical expertise to remove all records I made you,” Violet said. “You’ll also not have to worry about the memory dump—and for that matter I won’t either, now. So long as you don’t call atten...

  23. An Organized Mind

    My memories were a bit blurry when I woke up, but not so blurry I couldn’t remember the broad, uh, strokes. As I drew water and shaved, I turned my attention inward, to where Jackie was sleeping on the couch. She looked happy. I was glad of that

  24. Woman in Chains

    “So…what exactly is going on here?” I asked. Jackie sat on a dusty sofa. “Mom said that since I didn’t respect your human rights, I have to be punished. So I’m to stay in here for at least twenty-four hours, until such t...

  25. I Can't Get Her Out of My Mind

    Any notions that it might have been a dream were dispelled when I had to go across town to pick up my car from Skinny’s. Jackie never did tell me how she’d gotten back to my place without it—she just said she didn’t have the keys. I...

  26. Damage Control

    James groaned. “This wasn’t even necessary. We were taking them back to the base. They could have taken care of it there without anyone getting hurt.” “You don’t know that!” Sera insisted. “Hmph, fine way to ac...

  27. Into the Blue Again

    “So what happens now?” I asked, after we’d finished with breakfast and put everything away. “Well, I could keep you here forever,” Jackie admitted. “It would be nice to have someone there whenever I daydreamed…R...

  28. Another Scooter Girl

    Rae woke up slowly. She heard the hydraulics and servos whir in her joints and limbs as everything came on-line. Wait…on-line? Rae looked down and gasped. “Aaah!” Her body was metal, mechanical—and familiar. “What have you done to...

  29. Company for Breakfast

    The island was slightly larger than it looked from the shore, and consisted of a beach around a small copse of trees. In the middle of the trees was a picnic table, and someone had laid out a breakfast consisting of assorted pastries and a pitcher of o...

  30. My Side of the Mountain

    There were some old, spooky-looking books at one end of the shelf—with heavy bindings and even padlocks. I was almost positive they were just props—from what I’ve read, inside your head is the last place you’d want to keep the Necronomi...