John Michael Kirkpatrick is anxious to make his mark with his work on his father’s university research project, LX8000, a female robot built to mimic humans. But LX8000, or “Lexi,” as John Michael calls the playful, insatiably curious bot, has a mind of her own, and when she unexpectedly turns up on his doorstep in the middle of the night, she sets them both on a journey from the glittering city to the last outpost of human habitation. As time runs out, he must make a choice that will determine his own future: hand Lexi over for reprogramming, or help her escape from the people who bought her. Could he really be falling in love . . . with a machine?
This crime anthology includes my story “Puzzle Box No. 1”
35-year-old Fareed is dead on an operating table, but for Lt. Hiro, the jumbled up memories in this dead man’s brain could mean life or death for a little girl, and he’s willing to use whatever unorthodox methods it takes to find the man who abducted her before it’s too late.
The Adulteries of Rachel
If you had a second chance with your first love, would you take it?
Fate gives Rachel the chance to rekindle an old romance when her high school sweetheart, Matthew Sullivan, comes to lecture at a college symposium about his new book, "The Physicist's Wife," a time traveling Romance inspired by Tristan and Iseult.
Six variations play out the encounter between Rachel and Matthew as the story weaves through physics, music, medieval literature, and a novel-within-a-novel. Truth is slippery and the shifting characters have a message of their own for Rachel, if she can hear it, in this novella about marriage, motherhood, and love.
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Doll
1900, Baker Street. A beautiful veiled woman arrives with a case that will pit the greatest analytical mind against an automaton with a deadly secret in this cyberpunk twist on the classic Holmes.
Mistaken identities, stolen documents, ciphers, bicycle tyres, and cigar ash add up to murder in this homage to Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective.