Starting Points Archive

Starting Point: The Third Generation Problem

It's known as the "Third Generation Rule": The degree of social discipline needed for a space

Starting Point: It’s just a jump to the left…

I've created a time machine. Yes, I know, it's impossible, requires infinite energy, blah, blah, blah.

Starting Point: He Came Back Wrong

There stood Illius. But as they stared at him, Adam and Thale realized the horrible truth...

Starting Point: Distress Call

The Volkosian raised a gloved hand and knocked hard against the glass. "I make call," he

Starting Point: Bovipocalypse

All them city slickers and so-called experts in Washington were scratching their heads like idiots. Even with all

Starting Point: A Nuclear Family

Dr. Schiver stared cautiously at the curious life-form in front of him. Similar in many ways

Starting Point: Limoncello in the Afternoon

"Limoncello?" asked Lazaro as he proffered the carafe filled with the lemony sweet liquor. Draeka sniffed and

Starting Point: Transpersonation

“So…so explain this to me one more time,” I said, nervously adjusting my skirt...

Starting Point: The Courier

"Just be sure to get back before sunset," my mother nagged as she packed a lunchbox

Starting Point: The Return

Who could do such a thing, and why? Noah knew there could be only one answer:

Starting Point: Girls Only

As Thomars emerged from the undergrowth, the full scale of the city became clear to him.

Starting Point: Law of the Lawless

Jess had heard some of the crazy folklore about surface conditions on Venus. There were stories

Starting Point: The Atlantic Plughole

"Don't tell me... it's gotten bigger?" The Prime Minister waited for my reply as I surveyed

Starting Point: At the Festival of Ah Mun

In spring, visitors to Tikal can participate in the Festival of Ah Mun, the god of

Starting Point: Encounter at Ranzagoff’s

Danny almost jumped out of his skin when the xenomorph burst through the open doorway to

Starting Point: Intellects Vast and Cute

As soon as the lights went out and the door clicked shut Pankakzikee and Breexzeen began

Starting Point: Beyond the Black

It was supposed to be just another homicide case for Detective Burton Oalde. The only noteworthy

Starting Point: The March of the Marliebrachs

It was a perfect moonsummer's evening on the banks of the estuary. The weather was tepid

Starting Point: Any Difference That Makes No Difference…

It was on a Thursday, in 1976, that I selected to visit. My parents and brother

Starting Point: Discovery on Mars

I checked my digital compass. Damn red dust made it difficult to read, but I could