Aphelion Issue 240, Volume 23
June 2019
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by C. E. Gee

"Hey Margaret!" exclaimed Professor Homer Giddings. "Over here." He patted the arm of an adjacent chair.

Raising her voice to penetrate the hubbub of students walking in an aisle of the university’s Memorial Union building, Margaret replied, "Okay. I’ve got some time."

After she sat, Margaret said, "Kevin and I enjoyed your last book."

Homer laughed before replying, "Your husband has good taste."

Margaret asked, "When’s your next book coming out?"

Homer patted Margaret’s forearm, "Soon. I just finished my final rewrite, going to submit it this coming weekend when I should have some time."

"May I ask what’s it about?"

Homer replied, "You’re one of the few people I confide in. Like my most recent book, this latest one concerns the use of the paranormal, in particular the actions of the Soviet Union. After World War Two the Soviets discovered the Nazis used the paranormal to foresee the future coming of the Messiah. The Soviets also saw the outcome of the war, but Hitler’s messianic complex and his huge ego prevented him from taking action to end the war. The Soviets were certainly no fools. They used the same process as the Nazis in order to discover some facts."

"Such as?"

"Well, they discovered how the Vietnam War ended, which radically changed U. S. society in the communist’s favor. The Soviets provided North Vietnam with massive aid, both financially and with weapons and items such as food and medical supplies."

Margaret nodded knowingly as Homer continued, "The Russians also saw the election of Trump and how they could get him elected, which would severely damage the Republican Party, a long-time vocal foe of communism."

Margaret exclaimed, "Oh, good grief!"

After a pause to ponder, Margaret said, "I look forward to your next publication."

She stood, turned to Homer, said, "Well, I gotta get to my next lecture. As always, I enjoyed talking to you."

Margaret again turned, then she walked away.

Homer softly murmured to himself, "Lovely Lady."


2018 C. E. Gee

C.E. Gee aka Chuck misspent his youth at backwater locales within Oregon and Alaska.

Chuck later answered many callings: logger, factory worker, meat packer, Vietnam war draftee infantryman (1968), telecommunications technician, volunteer fireman and EMT, light show roady, farmer, businessperson.

Retired from the electronics industry and also a disabled veteran, Chuck now writes Science Fiction.

His blog is at https://kinzuakid.blogspot.com

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