by: D. R. Humphreys (the DreamWriter) “I am sooooo excited about our new addition. Mr. Avery Dumont has acquired the most unusual specimen for us. He must have spent a fortune for it, but it will bring in the crowds, and the profit,” spat the director for the zoo, Dr. Spencer Thomas, excitedly, stumbling into my office.
The Mysterious Box
by: Dennis R. Humphreys (the DreamWriter) Autumn was here. It's crispness and dampness, delivered a change of color in the trees. It wasn't as colorful as previous seasons. The newscasters assigned the lack of spring rain as the culprit. Others, blamed it on the failure of a strong, early frost. Frankly, Lynette Alfonzo didn't believe any of the talking heads because their contradictions were so rampant. They didn't know what they were talking about, yet they repeated sanctimoniously, experts' reasons for the condition, that also seemed wrong from her experience over the years. The talking heads were hired to look good on television. Others scripting their network moments were just as clueless. Still, it felt good under the covers on such a day, but the alarm woke her from an interesting dream.
Forest Silent...the Dragon's Son
by: Dennis R. Humphreys (the DreamWriter) In the time between two hours, when every minute is forever, and every second, a lifetime, during the reign of Iton Christorf, ruler of the visible world, between the Gantian Plains and the bluffs of Dementia, rules were enacted to protect the Kingdom of Smar. Smar was an ancient kingdom whose beginnings were not even known. It perhaps had no beginning, as some suggested, and implied by the king. These rules included specific guidelines, established by his father and his father before him in a line of succession that seemed to become more paranoid as the generations passed. Iton Christorf enforced them more vigorously than those preceding him. Then he was a dictator, and a ruler of unprecedented cruelty. He was perhaps even a little mad, if one could be just slightly so. Limits were placed on the population, explained to assure adequate supplies and guaranteeing equal shares for all, in a world of limited resources. Its real purposen was to control the population, for if it grew too large and the citizen's displeasure grew to an unacceptable level for their king, a successful rebellion might ensue. Protecting the throne, above all costs from the population the leadership was meant to protect, was of utmost importance.
The Silent Scream
by: Dennis R. Humphreys (the DreamWriter) Nobody can hear a scream in the vacuum of space, or so they say. It took a deaf stowaway on a space shuttle, by the name of Sonia Lansing to prove otherwise. The sixteen year old insisted there were other ways to hear besides ears, and other ways to transmit sound. She made all the logical arguments but her teachers stood by the argument that sound was dependent on using molecules of air as a medium, to be heard. Regardless, she had her own ideas. She was stubborn about things, once an opinion or idea coalesced in her head.
by: Dennis R. Humphreys (the DreamWriter) The cabin in the woods had been abandoned for years, but one night, a candle burned in the window. That candle burned from then on, every night. Campers asked the park ranger about the place, wondering about the light. Some looked in the solitary window, but saw no one there and the door remained locked. There was a sign posted on the place... 'No Trespassing Condemned'. Concerned that the candle, not in a holder, might burn to its base and cause a fire, one that might spread from the cabin to the forest, visitors complained to the park service.
by: Dennis R. Humphreys Dr. Theodore Schoeffer was considered the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein. He made his first splash, two years after obtaining his master's in physics from Berkley. Since then, in his illustrious twenty years career, he had shaken the world of physics with dozens of papers and three popular books. His thinking was revolutionary. He developed a keen interest in studying space and time adopting Einstein's position that time travel was not possible... but that was by the conventional means dictated by his calculations. The force to move any mass in time or space by bending it required exponentially huge amounts of energy and the forces created for such a feat were so destructive as to tear matter apart, something the human body wouldn't take well to. Still, not trying to bend time and space under the present dictates of the scientific community or duplicating a wormhole, or finding one to enter, or worse yet a black hole that would prove destructive... Dr. Schoeffer felt there might be another way. That project started fifteen years ago and what may have been a lifelong exploration appeared to possibly be coming to an end.
The Dragon of Ranrikar
by: Dennis R. Humphreys Chapter 1 There weren't always dragons in the valley of Ranrikar, neither were there humans always. The dragons came before man. Man came then with his families, his livestock and his agriculture. The six dragons that lived in the valley were wary of man from the beginning, and well they should have been, for certain men were intent to destroy the creatures, saying they feared the reptiles would eat everything they had, including their families.
by: Dennis R. Humphreys The field was a devastating pile of corpses, large ones. I had never seen anything like it before or since. I had seen the aftermath of battles before, ever since I was little. I was used to it. My people were used to it. Ever since leaving Egypt with an attempted battle initiated by the Pharo's army, trying to recapture us, there was one battle after another on our exodus. My people had wandered forty years to get to this point.
A Whole New Breed
by: Dennis R. Humphreys Some people are more sensitive to certain stimuli than others. What effects one fails to affect another. Some people get severe cases of poison ivy while others show no signs of it. If a population has never been exposed to a particular stimulus before, who knows what the result might be?