This short story was published in the February 1969 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Here it is for you as a collection of images of the pages. Continue reading “Pater One Pater Two”
Here, as a collection of image files, is Patrick’s story as published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (April 1967 issue).
Some of you may recognize a resemblance between this story and the recent film Arrival. I’m unaware of any official connection, however.
A letter I wrote to Patrick in 1966 describing the things I received for christmas, including a Johnny Seven OMA. Ah, the things that were important to a 10-year-old. Continue reading “JP’s Christmas Gifts”
This short story was published in the December 1965 issue of Analog, edited by John Campbell.
It was subsequently selected as one of the best stories of the year and included in the annual collection Analog 5. When this book was released later in paperback it was retitled Countercommandment after Patrick’s story.
Here it is for you as a collection of images of the pages, photocopied from a first edition of Analog 5. (The book was a special gift to JP from his wife Donna.)
While it’s a bit of a pain to have to click on each image individually, you can be assured that the story is worth the effort. I’m investigating WordPress plugins for better gallery management such as a slide show option. Continue reading “Countercommandment”
A quick note from Fred to Pat and Mari about their upcoming arrival on the SS Statendam. Continue reading “Dear Ones”
Here’s a letter to Fred (written in France) that lists his itinerary for much of the rest of the year. In it Patrick refers to several short stories and potential publications. Continue reading “If I Had a Patron Saint”
This is a long letter from Alice Berridge to Patrick and Mari in 1964. I don’t remember Alice but she and Edmund appear regularly in Fred’s letters, and he in hers. Continue reading “From a Delinquent Letter Writer”
Here’s a letter from Alice Berridge to Patrick and Mari, written shortly after Kennedy was murdered. (The letter is dated 1 Dec 1963.) In it she announces the impending arrival of a second child. (I believe that would be David.) Continue reading “Your Letter Was Again a Surprise”
Here’s a long letter from Fred to Patrick and Mari after the Kennedy assassination, summing up the president’s accomplishments and how they have already been diminished to “just a man.” Continue reading “A Nation Sunk in Grief”
The clock above the town has tallied one
more day. The tones suspend like domes
no longer than before, the hours have run
the normal pace. Gabled Rhineland homes
as ever sleep beneath the pointed church,
a crystal tree beside the wall like lace
or moonlight woven in the craftsman’s search
for all the lines that vanished with no trace.
Yet struck in brass tonight was time that made
me count thirty, ten thousand days that froze
into as many separate criss-crossed roads
with no sign of where my youth is laid.
Slender shadows stain the Gothic rose
cast from the ghost beside the chapel stones.