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Colored Shadows, Unsetting Suns by Francis W. Porretto

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Ten short stories of what-if and might-be. Speculations that run the gamut from horror through science fiction to magic-based fantasy. Each departs from the natural law as we know it. Each insists on laws and a world of its own...but in no case what you would expect.

"The Object Of His Affection:" A grieving widower runs afoul of a sorcerer who knows how to make use of his longing.

"Class Action:" Is there anything scarier than a lawyer with a cause? Well, maybe...

"Discount:" The universe has laws that can't be set aside by a mere credit card.

"Mainstreaming:" There are some problems talk therapy can't cure.

"Land For Peace:" Sometimes, surrender is the right thing to do.

"The Last Ambassadors:" Vengeance is always ugly...especially from beyond the grave.

"Terminal Guidance:" Grief and intellectual greatness make strange bedfellows.

"Upgrade:" Men with guns are no match for a woman of genius.

"The Warm Lands:" Power will always fear power...especially power of a radically different kind.

"Equalizer:" Technology married to magic was no match for a broadsword well swung...but there are other powers than those.

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Francis W. Porretto


I was born in 1952. I have no excuse for that, sorry. As a boy I was fascinated by baseball and space travel. However, my career opportunities were limited in both fields, so I took up mathematics and physics, and eventually became an engineer. That's how I've made my living these many moons.

However, being a wordy sort, I was moved to write, as well; no one I knew was willing to listen to me long enough to hear even the shortest of the stories floating through my head. So, at the tender age of 16, I blew my lawn-mowing money on a manual typewriter and, it being 1968, discovered the joys of carbon paper and correction tape. After a couple of years' fruitless struggles to interest the pulps in my narratives, I gave up the idea for a long time.

Fast-forward to 1994. Desperate to deflect the angst of incipient middle age, I returned to writing, but with a computer and word processor. I'd become fascinated with a character idea: a young woman of great beauty, intelligence, and physical potential who's been enslaved by a vicious biker gang, cannot remember her life before her capture, and must commit murder to win her freedom. Her story, and that of her unlikely rescuer, became On Broken Wings, my first novel, which was completed in 1997.

There have been many ups and downs since then. Conventional publishing houses have proved impervious to my tales, but with the rise of electronic publishing and print-on-demand, my books are beginning to find a readership at last.

I enjoy a modest existence on the eastern end of Long Island in a creaky old ranch house overfilled with books, that perpetually threatens to collapse on my head. I have one dog, five cats, and a wife of surpassing patience who claims still to love me after twenty years and against all odds. My chiefest ambitions are to complete Powers Of The Air (a near-future SF novel) and Liberty's Torch (sequel to Which Art In Hope) before dementia overtakes me, and never again to set foot on an airliner.

Other Books By Francis W. Porretto

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Shadow Of A Sword


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From The Bit Bucket: (A)Musings


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On Broken Wings


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Colored Shadows, Unsetting Suns


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The Sledgehammer Concerto


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Which Art In Hope


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For The Love Of God


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Caucuses, Cabals, Assignations,


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Chosen One


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The Storyteller's Art: How Not t

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