Monday, August 13, 2012

An Oak Tree, An Armless Maiden, and a Dude Named Tulan

Here's your second set of stories for the day. These are also the stories that you should be receiving for today. Those stories are "Oak Solid" by Peter Wood, "Armless Maidens of the American West" by Genevieve Valentine, and "Tulan" by C.C. MacApp. That's enough of me talking. Here are your stories.

Oak Solid by Peter Wood -- Ray Gun Revival
Mike is in a tough spot. His wife has left him. His father recently passed away. He's stuck in a job that he doesn't even like. And his neighbor is on his ass to cut down a tree that crosses the property line. In procrastinating from work he should have been doing, Mike opens up one of his father's old boxes and finds some interesting items. One of those items is a bottle of garden elixir that happens to move plants. So, to change some bad aspects of his life, he thinks he might try to move the tree that crosses the property, but the old oak seems to be more stubborn than he thought.

Armless Maidens of the American West by Genevieve Valentine -- Apex Magazine
First of all, I have to say that this story is pretty cool. Why? It's told in the second point of view. I know, I know. There are more of these nowadays, but I think it's still pretty cool. Anyways, the premise of the story is that you are the only person in the entire town to have actually seen the armless maiden. Everyone has heard rumors of her, but no one actually knows what has actually happened to her. A researcher comes to town who wants to study her and you have this feeling to go and talk to her about what you know.

Tulan by C.C. MacApp -- Amazing Stories, June 1960
The title character of this story, Tulan, feels that no one in his solar system has courage anymore. He's been charged by the Council of Four to surrender to another planet. Tulan has some other plans. He goes of and plans to conquer the other planet, but things don't always go as planned.

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