Alternate Gerrolds: An Assortment of Fictitious Lives by David Gerrold

By David Gerrold

David Gerrold takes you on a journey of exchange universes … universes the place Santa Claus isn’t great and the simplest guy is admittedly elected president; the place Ronald Reagan and Gregory Peck command the aircraft wearing the 1st atomic bomb and John F. Kennedy stars within the hit exhibit famous person music, the place Franz Kafka doesn’t write fiction and the satan holds academic seminars. advent through Mike Resnick.

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He was worried about the whiteness in the woman's knuckle where it wrapped around the SIG-Sauer's trigger. Accidents can happen. " she asked. He looked at her, blankly. No handcuffs! he thought. Why not? The woman shrugged at him. OK, have it your own way, she was saying. Her face settled to a stare. It was not a pretty face, but it was interesting. Some character there. She was about thirty-five, which is not old, but there were lines in her skin, like she spent time making animated expressions.

Soon as the words were out, he knew it was a dumb thing to say. The guy just shrugged and put an all-purpose miserable look on his face. He cupped his hands on the floor and started butting the shards into a pile. Reacher slid out of his chair and stepped away from the table and squared his napkin on the tile next to him and started collecting the debris into it. The couple five tables away was watching him. " Reacher asked. "An hour," the guy said. " The guy shrugged again and smiled a bitter smile.

The two guys Reacher was watching were standing close to the bar, talking quietly to the owner. The bar was a token affair built across the corner of the room. It made a neat sharp triangle about seven or eight feet on a side. It was not really a bar in the sense that anybody was ever going to sit there and drink anything. It was just a focal point. It was somewhere to keep the liquor bottles. They were crowded three-deep on glass shelves in front of sandblasted mirrors. The register and the credit card machine were on the bottom shelf.

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