Christmas in space

George spent most of his youth separate from the others, puzzling out math problems well above his age. When he studied astrophysics in college, he was only 12 years old, and he wasn’t even cute. The other students did not so much ignore him as not see him. He didn’t mind. He wanted to understand. … Continue reading Christmas in space

Grandma was an alien

The band of cousins had been rolling over each other and playing like puppies all afternoon. Now they were settling down, sprawled out on the furs that covered the floor, squealing as one occasionally stepped on another. “Grandma, how did you and Grandpa meet?” asked Marta, a newly minted teenager steeped in romance. The others … Continue reading Grandma was an alien

Ditto

“Tell me more about Earth, Grandpa. Joey's been saying you lied about everything,” Tommy said. “Joey's a bit of a mutate.” “Joey said you said you had a dinosaur, but there aren't any dinosaurs.” “What? No, no. Dinosaurs are extinct.” Grandpa looked out absently over the landscape below. The population was now almost a small … Continue reading Ditto