No one knows how the mistake made its way into the most widely used map in the world. GeoMaps promises to remove the anomaly but yet, it persists. Finally, Matt can resist no longer. He persuades his friend and flatmate Charlie to drive them both to Lancashire to find the non-existent town. Direct links to all these Kindle stores are listed on my website, Chocolate and Vodka , where you can also download it, for free, in a variety of formats. A perfectly formed novella, it mixes elements of mystery, thriller, SF and even a little romance into a tight, easy to read package.
When Adam bursts in on his wife, Moire, being murdered by a monster, he tries to save her but is slaughtered as well. On his way to the other side, Adam is given a choice: Move on alone, or go back to earth and seek vengeance. Without Moire, there is no choice for Adam. He forfeits his soul and goes back to hunt. Yet, deals with the Devil are never what they seem.
Even though Adam is gifted with new powers and abilities, he is also afflicted with a carnal hunger that runs wild if not fed. To find the murderer, Adam must search the streets of a Scranton very different than the one he knows. It will take all of his new abilities and more to survive Demon gangsters, hellhounds and The Catholic Church itself. Even then, will Adam be able to slay a creature that already killed him once? My two newest books are really tools to help authors. The first book is a small notebook that allows an author the ability to organize their new book in progess with sections for plot, characters, setting and notes.
I read about books to my boys every night and they kept wanting me to change the story. So I made a simple book that allows the child to draw their own pictures and write their own stories in a book that can be kept forever. Sounds good here! The print versions, published through Amazon in both paper and Kindle formats, contain retail-only bonus stories that dig deeper into the universe of the series. So, you decide your own level of readership; enjoy the series, or OWN the series and then some.
Like all my fiction projects, I post drafts-in-progress as I go, and invite reader comments which I take into account when doing final revisions. This has really helped my writing process, and it means readers regularly have new material to enjoy, right on the cutting edge of the project. Irish Horse Productions is pleased to present the work of up-and-coming new author J. Cummings, available through Amazon. The Clans Saga, books one and two, chronicle the adventures of Tobyn Reyes, an unwilling vampire and the first of his kind. Now that he has been Made, how will he and his new Clan of vampires, the Kris, carve out their place in the night?
If short stories or poetry are your thing, we can satisfy that craving, too, with collections by Ms. Compassion with an edge. Worse, it was a suicide pact. She had leapt off a cliff, hand in hand with her secret lover — with a video camera set up to record the event as their final artwork. Devastated by this, at first Jason contemplates killing himself too. However he finds himself compelled to discover just what Catherine meant by the cryptic comments she made to the camera just before she jumped.
Jason starts on a journey that will take him both across London and back through the memories of his past relationship with Catherine in the hedonist art world of the nineteen-nineties as he unearths the many hidden lives that she has led. Dig Two Graves by Eric Beetner — a revenge crime novella. This is a collection of some of her best stories. Harvest of Ruins by Sandra Ruttan — a dark police procedural with a touch of the supernatural. Speedloader — an anthology of six very dark crime fiction stories. John, thanks so much for giving an opportunity such as this to fellow authors.
Their given mission: to eradicate a drug cartel that is producing a highly-addictive stimulant brutally extracted from the bodies of the native inhabitants. Interstellar action and political intrigue mix with one-on-one battles on the surface of a frozen planet in this exciting tale of salvation. Now he is being called away on a new mission by a friend in trouble, and by a name from his distant past. He and his surviving team must again travel across the galaxy to the planet where he lost his naval command, and his original team, so many years ago: Eden.
Evan Gabriel must face three distinct threats on Eden: the well-armed terrorist group that has been raiding Eden City, the dangerous planet itself, and his own haunting memories of his past. Reckless Runaway at the Racecourse In a dramatic encounter at the racecourse Fliss Merrick erupts into the calm, orderly life of racehorse trainer, Luke Caldecott. Now, if only he can work out how to persuade her to stay. Reckless Runaway at the Racecourse is a 41, word novella. Amazon link. Until she fell in love with him and he married someone else.
Now Guy needs an enormous favour from his old friend and Emily has a chance to see if love can strike twice. Its topics are geared to readers interested in the world of PIs, including fiction writers, researchers, investigators and those simply curious about the profession. Packed with details and insights. The Army has known they exist for over a hundred years, and has been quietly and expertly keeping the secret. His hometown destroyed, with everyone he has ever known dead and gone, the sole survivor of the massacre at Fall Creek joins a secret military group to combat the single greatest threat our world has ever faced.
Unfortunately, his help may come too late. Even as victories over the walkers mount, the seeds of our ultimate doom are sown from within, and at the last, only a brave few may survive to carry on. Thanks, John. Mad genius, that guy. The first is Bad Radio, which is about a man who tried to save the world at the end of WW2 and wound up the immortal vessal of a ravenous god for his troubles. He gets a second chance in present day Wyoming, providing he can outsmart a man who has been planning this reunion for the last sixty years. And who happens to have an army of enslaved townspeople on his side.
Out in both ebook and print editions. Find out more here. He is immediately captured by a ruthless group of people who use Walkers like him to control all of the known worlds. Shackled with a restraint bracelet, constant surveillance, and superhuman captors, he must outsmart an overwhelmingly powerful enemy and seek freedom in the one place that is left to him, a new world that only he can reach. Find out about it here. I hate bullies. My stubbornness kicked in.
They called me a lesbian not true , and a lush mostly not true , set honey traps using both sexes, constantly sent me out for drug tests, stalked me with cameras I thought that was funny , flattened my tires not funny , cancelled work without telling me, put scorpions in my office as if! Oil was poured on my car from an overpass, but I was quick. They flooded the factory with poisonous gas, there were no alarms, and everyone else was quietly removed.
I was still stubborn, and brought in the IRS to get the creeps off my back. Finally, they threw up their hands and eliminated my job. This is fiction smiling coldly. It is currently free for all readers of Whatever because I want you all to read my book. The thing is, he could be right. Sylvia has just a few weeks to prove that she can fly as well as any man. The offer is available for this week only. By the way, the awesome cover art is by Dixon Leavitt. This year, digital publisher Hukilau released an expanded electronic edition of my book Collect All 21!
The original paperback edition is still available, too. These immersive stories involve aliens with three sexes—male, female, neuter—who can switch between them twice in their lives; there are no humans in this universe, and the stories explore gender, identity and loss and the consequences of living in a harsh environment that leaves the breeding sexes prone to stress-related strokes. You can check those out some of them are free! Thank you so much for creating this opportunity for self-published authors and micropresses.
Tales is a romantic comedy set in a fantastical near-future universe, but more specifically set in a supermarket. The novel follows the travails of several afternoon shift employees as they deal with problematic customers, company training, employee romance, and no small amount of corporate strife. A hard copy of the book can also be purchased from amazon through the link on my site.
Or more specifically, a car-load of tough-talking, poker-playing, metaphor-spewing clowns. Jacobs, My Life as an Experiment. In Top Town, a ghetto full of washed-up circus lifers in the shadow of a big city, audiences come every night for cheap thrills, both wholesome and not. Fire eaters perform for gin money.
Gypsies reveal the future and for a sawbuck can make it happen. Daredevils cheat Death time after time, but once. And witness to it all is one of the most loved and notorious figures in Top Town, a tough joey with a deadly past and a nose for picking all the wrong fights: Rex Koko, private clown. Like Raymond Chandler before him, Garner explores the seedy underbelly of show business.
Every time Rex comes close to finding her, however, other aerialists come to gruesome and spectacular ends. Is Rex really cursed with bad luck? Why is he being followed by those red-headed roustabout bastards, the Redd Brothers? Revenge, corruption and murder headline the bill in Top Town, where life comes 3 balls for a nickel. Told in the year WikiLeaks took subversive geek politics into the mainstream, Barefoot into Cyberspace is the ultimate guided tour of the hopes and ideals that are increasingly shaping world events.
Will the internet make us more free? Or will the flood of information that courses across its networks only serve to enslave us to powerful interests that are emerging online? You can buy the book on Amazon. It is not about the end of the world. And a computer, Cel, who falls in love and spends the novel trying to do the right thing.
And a dirty jump rope rhyme. For more reasonable information, go to Cel and Anna. It is the story of two homicide detectives Tony and Julia who have been partners for more than twelve years. Julia is killed in the line of duty, comes back to haunt him, and they team up again to solve crime. Together they face one of the biggest challenges of their careers, the capture of a sadistic serial killer. The story combines gritty police drama with a paranormal twist, interspersed with laugh out loud moments.
Norm Goldman, Publisher and Editor of Book Pleasures says of Dead By My Side: Galloway has certainly succeeded in crafting a haunting and chilling debut with a heady mix of suspense, touching characters, and even at times quirky humor with the bantering between Tony and Julia. Succinctly, what we have here is a thoroughly upsetting yarn that firmly exposes the workings of a crazed mind in all of its complexity while retaining the page-turning pleasures of a genuine thriller with a paranormal twist.
Just as the law enforcement officers are clueless, so too are her readers, which commit them to finding out what happens next and leaving them constantly tense on the edge of their seats. Before long she finds herself head over heels for her charming suitor. Before the Midnight Bells is a fresh look at the Cinderella story, with humor, intrigue, and a healthy dose of passion.
I cannot count how many times I stopped reading to recount parts to my roommate just because the laughter needed to be shared. Greetings, all. Do you like epic fantasy adventure? Sword fights?
We have self-published the first two novels in the series, and the third is in the works. They are available for sale from Amazon. Here is the blurb for the first book: Spellbound is about the adventures of two young people, twin sisters who have known community and family their entire lives. Along the way, they befriend a mysterious stranger who has been alone for as long as he can remember. After strange events touch all their lives, the three find themselves drawn together and then embroiled in a plot to overthrow the Kingdom of Illyander by an ancient enemy long thought dead.
As they journey through the world of Aronshae on their quest for answers, even more questions are raised as they find out more about each other, themselves and their strange emerging powers. I could sum up the plot Zombies! Deserted island! His use of tone and narrative structure are miles ahead of most who work in the genre. Dick Award. The first complete collection from international bestseller Jeff Carlson, this ebook is 80, words and packed with artwork from award-winning illustrators such as Frank Wu and Billy Tackett.
Disillusioned with the Alliance and its subjugation of its citizens, Maarkean, a former naval pilot and supporter of the Alliance, has become a smuggler. Now, Maarkean must decide where his loyalty lies, and will either spark a rebellion or crush the spirit of democracy once and for all. Written in the spirit of heroic space adventure, Aristeia; Revolutionary Right is the first book in a series that explores the essence of resistance, loyalty and friendship.
Available on Amazon, BN. That was the link to the Amazon UK print edition! With bookstores disappearing from around us, we risk losing those moments in which we connect to each other in person by sharing what we read. Online threads like this one may fill some of the void, but the warmth and thrill of turning others on to books and music. The end of the firm comes right on the heels of the publication of his book 19th Nervous Breakdown: Making Human Connections in the Landscape of Commerce , which grew out of his experiences working at a Borders in the Bay Area.
It is an example of what is being lost as bricks-and-mortar bookstores fade from the landscape. You can buy 19th Nervous Breakdown here , with links both to the usual major retailers and to IndieBound. Support your local bookseller! Hungry For You by A. Love is horrible. It takes no prisoners. It chews you up and spits you out and leaves you for dead. Love is, you could say, very much like a zombie.
In this haunting short story collection, anything is possible—a dying musician turns to tea for inspiration; a police sergeant struggles with a very unusual victim; a young wife is trapped in a house hiding unimaginable evil…. With Hungry For You, A. Harte explores the disturbing and delightful in an anthology that unearths the thin boundary between love and death. Harte writes with such beautiful subtlety that I really needed to pace myself reading Hungry For You… This is a brilliant collection that I recommend to any zombie lovers, those of us who like our fiction on the dark side, or for readers who love love, no matter what it does to you.
In the area that today is called Ontario two technologically advanced societies, Nova Gaia and the United Grid Regions, hang on around the old hydroelectric plants. The rest of the area is referred to as the Dark Lands and has a roughly s technology. The Nova Gaians have what they call their tinker program where they send Doctors of General Applied Technologies out into the dark lands to help them boot-strap themselves back to energy abundance through the use of wind, wave, solar energy, etc, all the things that would have prevented the collapse in the first place.
One of these tinkers is doing his wrought when he comes to the town of Guelph and finds that a couple of farmers have stumbled across an abandoned bio-research facility, gone into it to loot it and accidentally brought out a plague. Now the tinker must try to deal with the plague with his limited medical training while the United Grid Regions and Novo Gaia fight a cold war battle about how to maintain the quarantine and how much aid to give into the plague zone.
Mean while, the people in the quarantine area just want to get out of the plague zone so they behave like gits. Review by Faye — on goodreads 5 stars. Wow what a gripping story, loved every page. Andromeda Strain crossed with the Postman with a little bit of I am Legend thrown in no zombies …. This book is worth getting if you love PA sci fi. Several secrets, in fact. She is not, as her traveling family believes, safely ensconced in the Metan Seminary for Young Ladies.
Oh yes, and Miss Andrews is a magician, the most dangerous secret of all. In the world of Aerope women are believed to be incapable of magic, and all magicians must be certified and licensed by law. Then her quiet idyll is shattered by a sudden massive magical attack — and a mysterious stranger arrives who is impervious to all her spells of illusion and misdirection. Is this the danger Oron warned her of, in his cryptic final words?
Is this Dominic Kermarec a mere penniless, out-of-work tutor as he claims, or a spy?
Then she learns Oron bequeathed her more than his chateau—and she must travel to the ends of Aerope to stop a magical plot amid political intrigue, betrayal, and echoes of an old war that has not truly ended …. The Last Mage Guardian is set in a world where magic and science coexist, with a steampunk flavor. Moses McGuire a suicidal strip club bouncer is out to avenge the death of one of his girls. From his East L.
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Just like one of the hard asses in his own books. The man knows what to do with paper and ink. Read the damn thing. It follows the inhabitants of a small town in rural Alabama as they struggle with the breakdown of civilization. It is for mature readers and has plenty of gore. That said, it would make a great gift for a fan of the zombie genre. Available on: Amazon. That novel ends with most superheroes either retired, outlawed, or dead, so Burn Baby Burn is the story of two supervillians who go on a coast to coast crime spree in a world without superheroes. Pit Geek is a brain-damaged drifter who is seemingly immortal, able to shrug off gunshots like they were bee-stings.
Sundancer is a fiesty revolutionary with the power to channel radiation from the sun. Their combined powers make them unstoppable, until the government unleashes a new team of superheroes to hunt them. But the superpowered battles that ensue flatten mountains and set cities aflame. When Sundancer pushes her solar powers beyond her ability to control, can the world survive? Burn Baby Burn is also noteworthy in that I wrote the first draft in a single week. The story had been bottled up in me for a long time.
That novel vanished quickly from bookstores, so I never wrote the sequel despite really wanting to tell the story. Hopefully, thier underlying humanity does come through. But then he has a great idea: getting to know his temporary neighbor. City of Roses is a serialized epic very firmly set in Portland, Oregon—an urban fantasy mixing magical realism with gonzo noirish prose, where sinister high-rise riverfront condos are fought by a sprawling tea-house constructed from scrap lumber and old windows, and ancient sea-gods retire to close-in Southeast apartments with lovely views.
In search of a cure for her infection she lands in the middle of a turf war for the Underworld. I write mostly fantasy and SF for YA and adults. Sick of Twilight? Over vampires? Romance, action and adventure, and some Elijah Wood jokes just for good measure. Readers ages , male and female, are losing sleep to its page-turning twists. Lose some sleep this holiday! In creating her paranormal world she combined a lot of elements from many religions around the world as well as a few twists of her own to create a fascinating concept of what happens after we die and what happens to our souls.
Available in paperback and eBook editions. My first three novels are traditionally published, but now, out of print. Her problem? Now, the bindings are breaking. The three main characters have to either rebind the demon, or destroy it, before it causes another war in Eastern Europe.
Frankie works at the Happy Restful Sanitorium, a housing facility for those who choose to keep their loved ones around long after their death. This novel has sustained some detailed, positive reviews, and is a great romp for zombie fans. Thanks, John! So against his will and his better judgment DuckBob teams with a MiB he calls Tall, an alien techie named Ned, and a hot alien-augmented not that way!
Under my pseudonym William Cardini, I draw comics that explore my psychedelic space fantasy cosmos the Hyperverse. You can see some of my work on the comics page of my website. It chronicles an epic battle of swordblows and slime between my recurring character the Miizzzard and a new alien with unknown powers. But, instead of babbling on in my own words, here are what some reviewers are saying:. The premise is fascinating. The characters are real and engaging. The book is well written, well edited and a fast, fun read.
From the moment I picked it up I did not want to put it down. Such a compelling and engaging and completely absorbing story… I literally could not put the book down. I especially love his attention to little details that add a quality of richness and depth to his story. The first 80 pages are available to read for free! Readers seem to be emotionally connecting to my characters and the story is staying with them. Then he was murdered. Now someone is trying to kill her. Rollin Hanson, a mercenary bad boy, and Burke Cherlenko, a suave crime lord, offer to protect her and help her find the missing money and weapon.
Emma must determine which man to trust, find the money and the nuke, before time runs out. Writers and book-lovers! Learn to talk about novels like a pro. Become a revision-savvy writer. It decodes, defines, and provides helpful examples of the editorial jargon used in writing workshops, critiques, and online forums. Written by an experienced editor and writing teacher, this slender, dictionary-style reference book is a fundamental guide for writers across the spectrum of experience—from new writers learning the craft, to seasoned nonfiction writers working on a first novel, to intermediate-level authors wishing to sharpen their technical skills.
With over three quarter of a million downloads, Spinward Fringe: Origins has become a staple for anyone who likes to try new authors. This complete, free collected trilogy tells its own tale of high adventure in approximately one hundred seventy thousand words. It also provides the back story to the Spinward Fringe series of Space Opera novels, so, if you like what you see in this complete trilogy, there is more to read. It is the distant future and one man, Jonas Valent, is letting his life slip by.
He is employed by Freeground station as a port traffic controller, a job he took after completing a tour in the military. His only real joy in life is his participation in true-to-life military simulations with a cadre of friends who come together regularly to defeat challenges made to test the brightest military cadets. These restricted scenarios are an addictive preoccupation that is so enticing that they ignore the potential repercussions of breaking in to participate. When someone reveals their identities to the Freeground Fleet Admiralty, Jonas and his friends are recognized for their talents and pressed into service.
Their mission: to venture out into the populated regions of the galaxy to acquire technology and knowledge. Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins is a collected trilogy that chronicles the early adventures of an ambitious crew. Their leader, Jonas Valent, has the least to lose and everything to gain as he tells the tale of his first tour as Captain of a ship tasked with making allies and discovering new technologies for the good of his people.
This simple mission becomes more complicated as the crew ventures further into the settled fringes of the galaxy. I publish only in ebook form, and my first three books are all far-future science fiction novels. So when the unstable Vesperan notable Iolani Jharissa assassinates the ruler of the New Empire, intelligencer Raphael Quiridion is sent to Vespera to prove her guilt and bring her down — only, it turns out, she is the least of his problems. His sinister uncle Silvanos wants him out of the way, the charming and astute Leonata and her idealistic shipwright daughter want to recruit him to an unspecified cause, and his superior, the implacable Empress Mother Aesonia, is spreading poisonous propaganda.
They all know Iolani killed the Emperor. Too few of them know why — and by the time they do, the stakes are terrifyingly high. Because a second civil war has started, and they now know what happened to the people who lost the first one…. Definitely not noir — you might actually want to live in a city of cream stone and tropical sunshine — but a story of pride, envy, revenge, and the terrible cost of civil war.
A chapbook of poetry written during and about my experiences in the US Navy in the early s. An heir to the New England gothics of Frost and Melville, his relentlessly honest poems are lit with absence and wise to the intimacies of observation. Evening Watch is a startling debut.
American poetry has a bright, new voice. Published by Ibbetson Street Press and available through their storefront on Lulu. The first in an epic fantasy trilogy that takes the traditional bounds of the genre and kicks them in the teeth. The number one response is that people can see it in their heads as they read it — and love it. There are no elves. There are no orcs. There are no vampires. There is a love story and there is a lot of action. Plucked off the streets, he is thrust into the rigorously-disciplined environment of Psion Beta headquarters. As a new Beta, Sammy must hone his newfound abilities using holographic fighting simulations, stealth training missions, and complex war games.
His fellow trainees are other kids competing to prove their worth so they can graduate and contribute to the war effort.
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But the stifling competition at headquarters isolates Sammy from his peers. Learning to use his incredible powers is difficult enough, but when things go horribly wrong on a routine training mission, he must rely on the other Betas to stay alive. But to do so, he must survive. For a Kindle book this is well worth the effort in reading. This is a story about God and the Devil, but not how you were taught to believe.
- WHEN YOU KNOW GOD...YOU BELIEVE!.
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This is also a story about love and hate, and the suffering both can bring. This is about rights and wrongs, and all of the spaces in between. This is about revenge, courage, death, passion; with no villains, no heroes… only those left scorned. This is a story about Heaven, Hell, and the Jury that holds them together.
This is The Antithesis. Justice Alezair Czynri is the newest recruit of the Jury, a group of powerful beings who reside in Purgatory and enforce the Code between Heaven and Hell. However, Justice Czynri could not have come at a worse time. A storm lays just over the horizon…. Learn about traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy through the artwork of Chinese-American artist Bertrand Mao.
Art lovers everywhere will enjoy this ebook. Art work is in color for those who view the ebook on their computer, iPad, or Kindle Fire. In addition, Bertrand Mao has translated into English all the Chinese calligraphy that appear in this book so that the English reader can enjoy the poetry and verses, many of which were written by ancient Chinese scholars.
But all is not well. On the planet Nuala, a world cursed with riches and radiation, comes a tale of truth, honor, and treason, with a drop of romance and a generous helping of murder. Length: app. Seven year old Grace always dreamt of becoming a guardian angel; like those who guarded and guided her people and prepared to bravely fight in a dreaded mythical event, the Crystal Shade — which never came. Or wants to know what evil and darkness is — things that no one ever faced on her world and as the legends says, the Crystal Shade carries within —, nor does she want to die to be reborn as a guardian.
But she thinks the mysterious life of angels is so noble, a fable that it sounds exciting — until it actually happens. Crystal Shade: Angeni, Volume 1 explores the early life of a young daydreaming soul who is destined to reveal the forgotten past of her home world and to seek the answer for the eternal question; what the legendary Crystal Shade really is. Hi John, thanks so much for this opportunity! In this bleak, medieval world, nothing is black and white, and even a thief must make a stand for what she believes is right.
No favorite parts have been omitted. Every scene, character, and song from the original is in this new parody. Military science fiction anthology by all women writers! David Weber has called me a brazen hussy. Is a violent response ever the right thing? What could be worse than burning in Hell for eternity? For the Nameless Demon, it was his release.
Pursued by both his ex-wives one angel, one succubus, both seductively deadly , the Demon is plunged into the teeth of the Second Crusade, a war between Templars and wizards, kings and clergy. This book has photos of baby MikiSquirrel coming to live with me and my dogs.
Seven yrs old and younger. To get close to Dragan Dilaver, a Kosovo kingpin involved in drugs and arms—trafficking, Hawk helped him escape from Asia and return to his former country of Yugoslavia. Now Hawk has to discover where certain weapons have been dropped for Dilaver over the diverse regions of Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania —— not an easy task for someone unfamiliar with the territory.
In order for the operation to succeed, he needs a tracker and the only available person is CIA contact agent Amber Hutchens. Beautiful and smart, Amber has made a life for herself in Velesta, Macedonia and she is more than capable of assisting Hawk in finding the cache of hidden weapons. Despite the danger of exposure and torture, they risk everything in their mission to strike down Dilaver and his ruthless gang —— even their love.
Hello, Mr. Scalzi: thanks again for giving me this forum. More to come from me from both publishers in the new year. A samurai smelling of the sea, dripping on the ground, algae strung from his armor. For the first time in his life, he discovers that monsters do roam the earth. And this one has been specifically looking for him.
Dragged from his home and all he has ever known, Toshi must now use his acquired skills in foreign maps to help the creatures who have taken him. Yet at every turn there are problems. There are even those seeking to terminate his very life, not wanting his new master to succeed in his assigned task. Can he do what even the undead cannot? Or will he fail and be forced to wander the world as one of them? I have a bunch of backlist and an original nonfiction up at Book View Cafe as ebooks.
These are on Kindle and Nook as well. Many little details that the writer needs to know in order to write horses accurately. Copiously linked and illustrated your tablet or your NookColor or Kindle Fire will love this one. In all the years of interstellar exploration, lifeforms no more complex than invertebrates have ever been found. Until now. Almost 9, light years from Earth, the SS Orca colony surveying ship has been in orbit around a candidate colony planet for over a year with its family crew of Dr.
But before he can report his findings, his research is interrupted and his family is torn away from him. I explored a few threads of what the humans might be experiencing before I took a stab at what the AI directing the ship was experiencing. Having spent a good chunk of my professional career eyeballs deep digging through syslogs looking for the signal in the noise, I know that these logs tell stories ranging from the sublime to the hilarious to the downright terrifying.
While the plot was clear in my mind, elevating a logfile to a central character and have it tell a hopefully coherent story was a special challenge. I had to invent my own command set, keep track of process IDs, and ponder what an AI would log. My hope is that attuned readers will find the logs realistic and non-techie people find the syslog portions accessible and understandable. Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales. Available in print and ebook formats, at Amazon.
Do you like Sherlock Holmes? Do you ever find yourself wishing that not all of the seemingly other-worldly events in the original Holmes stories were rationalised at the end? Written by Barbara Roden, an investitured member of the Baker Street Irregulars and a World Fantasy Award-winner, the four stories in the collection remain true to the spirit and characters of Conan Doyle.
Cecil Forrester. Fans of M. And in the title story, Holmes and Watson try to solve a horrific real-life series of murders which shocked a London already reeling from the Ripper atrocities. Available for Kindle from Amazon. Thanks for the opportunity, John! Telly is a homeless teenager struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles, but he has just met a man that can make all of his dreams come true. His rich new benefactor only asks for one thing in return—something no one else has been able to do for two and a half centuries. The man with the death wish is named Van, and he offers Telly an escape from the constant fear, hunger, and shame that have haunted him during his homelessness.
He desires a higher plane of existence, but in order to get there he must train someone to complete the grim ritual that will free him from the confines of his immortal body. I published my novel Lunatic Fringe this year. It is about, to put it briefly, lesbian werewolves. I also created an online class Self-Publishing , which you can find on my website, for the aspiring authors out there.
I would like to offer my two recent science fiction novels, two very different kinds of stories. Is this real or is he losing his mind? And who can he tell? First, he must understand the rules of his new reality, then figure out how to use it to stop the terrorists. With the economy on the verge of collapse, a desperate government has bet the future on a star mission. Lonely young Harry Middleton finds his soul mate, and they dream of escaping to the stars together, but she disappears on her 14th birthday.
The books are available as ebooks and as trade paperbacks. You can read the first chapters and purchase them at all e-retailers and Goodreads. A story of a bullies quest for redemption. On Amazon. And now for something completely different: In an ancient and obscure book in the British Library in London, a mystery writer finds an anonymous poem. Yes, it could. Very enjoyable, and I learned a bit more about India. Matt spends quite a bit of time traveling through India in this delightful collection of e-mail messages.
It is well worth the price. Grassroots Sustainability — A Guide to Organizing a Thriving Community written by Lisa Chipkin and Pam Hartwell-Herrero self published Grassroots Sustainability was inspired by the real-life efforts of a handful of grassroots groups in Marin County, California that successfully brought sustainability policy and education to their communities. This guidebook documents their best practices and shares important lessons learned along the way. It is intended to empower individuals and grassroots groups near and far to facilitate meaningful change in their communities from the ground up, without having to reinvent the wheel.
Buy a copy for the advocate or organizer in your life. This is the Occupy movement in action in your community! But then what happens? Even as the heroes and villains fight in the streets and in the skies, the officers and detectives have to deal with the everyday slog of maintaining law and order.
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His friends wish to build a new Utopia. His enemies — kingdoms under their complete control. Both will try to use Herod to their own ends. Herod has other plans, and while it might cost him everything he has sought to build, he will stop at nothing. The Collapse. Civilization swept away in the historical equivalent of the blink of an eye.
Man reduced to little more than a parasite living off the carcass of the Old World. After twenty years, little was left for even the most diligent of scavengers to recover. Animals had vanished, replaced with creatures that had never existed on Earth. Reproduction was difficult, water supplies poisoned and the world just kept on getting warmer. As the saying went — The world was not what it was. For Nathan Smith, inveterate wanderer, his latest trip was one of desperate need.
His community was on the verge of falling apart due to lack of food, water and other vital supplies. But he could not have imagined the extremes that he would find on this journey. The post-Collapse highways offered no free rides and no easy way. It was all or nothing and Nathan was about to learn a very important lesson. On this road, there was no turning back. Hunted by mercenaries and an evil group known as the Triad, she is rescued by a large brute of a man named Talos and his band of diminutive followers.
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He finds something he likes even better. The Shores We Walk is a spiritual journey of four young protagonists observing the moments flashing before their eyes while on the brink of death. The narrator writes in parable like prose, following these characters along their dark pursuits on their paths to self-destruction. The main character, Francis shares his story after dropping to his lowest depths with nowhere to look but towards the light.
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They share an eerie and destructive secret that warps hearts and destroys lives. And he discovers that the Rolling Stones were wrong. A boy falls through a window in his attic and ends up in orbit around an alien world. Well, not quite an orbit. The first and perhaps the greatest step toward the building of a permanent system of public roads for St. Francois County was taken in The county court, consisting of H. Sleeth, presiding judge and W. Doss and W. The contract was let for a rip-rap road twelve feet wide, and work was commenced near the Oak Hill school house.
The specifications were soon changed to a sixteen foot width of rip-rap, and the contract completed on that basis. The expenditure of a large part of the dram shop revenue by contract, and for expensive rock and gravel roads, was a wide departure from the old method of distribution of the money among the overseers of the various road districts, to be used in the maintenance of dirt roads. This policy of building rock roads called out severe criticism on the court and was probably responsible for the retirement from office of Judge Sleeth and Judge Doss, who were succeeded by E.
Swink, presiding judge and Jno. Saffel, associate, Judge W. Smith being re-elected. The precedent had been set, and men of vision could see that St. Francois County could get out of the mud onto hard roads by persistent expenditure of the current revenues for that purpose. The new County Court in with Judge Swink, presiding and Judges Saffel and Smith as associates, entered at once on a vigorous program of rock road building, and during the four years following, built many miles of rip-rap and gravel roads.
These early rock roads were built for the most part without the use of a rock crusher, and were not so smooth as the roads being built at this time, yet they were a great improvement over the mud road. In recent years most of these old roads have been re-dressed with crushed rock, and are most excellent roads, and cannot be surpassed any where in the state. Since the adoption of the hard road policy no county court has had the audacity to go back to the old policy; but, almot to a man, have stood for the expenditure of the maximum revenue for hard roads, concrete culverts, substantial bridges, and the purchase of equipment necessary to carry forward a real progressive road program.
The result is that St. Francois County has a road system equal to if not better than any other county in the state. We are proud of our road system which consists, approximately, of miles of rock roads, miles of gravel roads, and 80 miles of well graded earth roads waiting to be surfaced with rock and gravel. But the program is not finished, for the county has about miles of unimproved roads. In the matter of bridges, the county stands high, with 37 steel bridges and 10 steel and concrete bridges, giving more than one mile of bridge floor.
Long ago we lost count of the concrete culverts, but no doubt there are at least of them, also many tile and iron culverts; all of good design and substantial construction, and giving continuous service without the expenditure of anything beyond the first cost. When we consider the money that has been put into our road system we are at first prone to say that results are not what they should be; but we must not forget the disasters to bridges and roads from floods and frost or the constant and ever growing destruction of the traffic.
All that we have now, or had in the past, has come without a bond issue, being financed with the current taxes and such donations as come voluntarily. While we look with some satisfaction to the achievements of the past, we also look with great hope and expectation to the future, knowing that a citizenship that has become accustomed to good roads, will never be satisfied until the best roads are obtained.
The automobile and truck traffic over our roads is now intensive, even terrific and subjects them to such strains and abrasions that the ordinary processes of construction and maintenance do not suffice to keep them from being destroyed. What then shall we do as traffic increases? Maintenance costs are becoming excessive, and lack of maintenance lays a heavy toll upon the users of the roads. Maintenance is the big problem which has not been solved here in St. If there are methods of construction or maintenance in use any where that give better results than we are getting here, we should discover those better ways and use them, and if possible, improve on them.
One man's opinion is not necessarily the right process; for every man who travels a road has a perfectly good opinion as to how the road should be built and maintained. Many of these processes are sound and right for a light traffic road. But when the traffic becomes as heavy and intense as it now is between Farmington and Bonne Terre all the ordinary processes fail.
Will the State Road solve our problem? We think not. But on the other hand, when the State Road is completed many tourists will pass our way, and with the normal increase in population, will add greatly to the traffic. The problem of taking care of this traffic is ours to solve in our own way. The construction of some of the so called "permanent type road" that will need but little repairs would go far toward the solution. But the type of road and the matter of financing should first be given consideration.
These are engineering problems and can only be determined after proper surveys and investigations have been made. Then the facts should determine and not "guess work. Francois County is fortunate in being so located geographically as to be on the route of the proposed "Primary Road" leading south from St. This road has been surveyed through Jefferson County and striking the northern boundary of St.
Francois County at a point about one and one half miles southeast of the Valles Mines Station. From there the route is in a south westerly direction to a point on Big River at the old pump station of the St. Joseph Lead Co. From this point the route will lie along or near the present road toward Fredericktown, except a detour to the north side of Farmington.
This route is a good one and, if adopted, will accomodate as many of our people as any route could. The rights-of-way are being taken for the State Road in this county; and the county court has been assured that as soon as the rights-of-way can be secured, contracts will be let for some of the grading and culvert work. It is greatly to be hoped that condemnation proceedings many not be necessary, as any such proceedings would cause tedious delays. In that case the money now available would be spent in some other county that was ready to receive it.
It is important that all assistance possible be given in this preliminary work so that actual construction work may get started. The building of this primary road through St. Francois County is one of the biggest things that could happen. Let's help. Officials of Iron and St. Francois counties have been contemplating road construction between Middlebrook and Pilot Knob for some time, the object being elimination of the dangerous railroad crossings encountered there and the creek ford at Middlebrook.
In connection with this projected improvement, members of the St. Francois county court met with officials of Iron county last Saturday and looked over the situation, which will call for construction of approximately 1, feet of road, all but three hundred of which will be in this county. New work is planned to connect with stretches of the old road on the east side of the Iron Mountain tracks, thus keeping the road entirely free from dangerous grade crossings.
Francois Co. MO, Fri. April 21, There is a great deal of talk about Missouri's highways these days. I recall when Highway 61 came through our Lead Belt and the days before. This highway was being built in and prior to that time it was extremely difficult to get around our Southeast counties by motor. Practically an impossibility during the winter and bad weather. My stepfather, Lucius Hartle, came from Cape Girardeau. We would go down to his home about once a year from St. Illinois was way ahead of Missouri in road building so we'd cross the river in his big Nash touring car, go down Illinois No.
Here was a great network of Missouri gravel roads that led us through Perryville and points south. Stepfather became lost more than once as there were no signs pointing the way. He had a sister living on a large productive farm north of Jackson so that is where we always headed for first. In some places the concrete highway had been constructed but the pleasure of riding on it was of short duration.
After a few miles you hit the dusty old rattling gravel trail again. Down that way the hills are steeper and sharper than those of St. By way of mention, Highway 61 came through right past Mr. Hartle's sister's house; past their back door as the residence was built to face an older road years before. There was some speculation of having the house turned around to properly face the then new roadway.
Coming back to St. Louis from the Cape we generally stuck to the Missouri roads. Every few miles the old Nash would have a flat tire. It was a disgusting hot long wait while the car was jacked up, wheel unscrewed, innertube scrutinized diligently for tiny puncture which was frequently most elusive! Scratching the rubber and plastering on the patch. Anything could cause a puncture, a nail, tack, bit of glass or flinty-sharp gravel.
We'd be on our way for five or ten more miles when the old tire would spring another leak. The worst part of this procedure was putting air in the tube by handpump, a backbreaking task if ever there were one. Stepfather had the patience of Job, not once did he curse or complain when an old tire began going down and the wheel to wobble. He was a man of very few words and there is no telling what he was saying inside of him. On our way home we passed through the romantic villages of our Southeast and the cities of Fredericktown we always stopped off at Mine La Motte to visit my very aged great grandmother Claywell , through the pine groves to Farmington and then deep in the heart of our Lead Belt.
At Flat River the hill was too steep for most autos of that age and horses were employed to pull the stalled cars up the grade. We felt a sense of pride when our Nash took us up in hesitating low grinding gear without assistance. We would stay overnight with our relatives in Bonne Terre before tackling the last half of our long journey.
From Bonne Terre the graveled trail led over the old DeSoto road. This road is the most up and down thoroughfare in the entire state.
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It is a continuous ridgework of hills till you hit the Jochim creek at DeSoto. In Jefferson County our way led down the Joachim to Herculaneum and from here followed some of the present Highway 61 and then led westward going up what must be some of today's Highway When we crossed the bridge on the Meramec near Fenton we began to feel we were nearing home although there were many more miles to travel down Gravois road to St. We arrived in St. Louis more tired than if we had taken a junket in a prairie schooner on the uncharted trails out West and felt we had made an accomplishment as befitting as any pioneer could boast of.
Mother, stepdad and the rest of us said, "Never again! I was on hand when Highway 61 came over the hill north of Bonne Terre. My father, Howard Richardson, was watchman of St. Joseph Lead Company's old iron pump house on Big River at that time and I had come to spend my summer school vacation with him. Those were really monster machines that laid that ribbon of cement. Dad Howard was not enthusiastic about the new highway as it was destroying those hills he loved so well.
In fact, the concrete was poured right over the site where he and I used to go fox chasing on moonlight nights. Dad said, "That highway ain't going to be for them motorists. It's for the government so soldiers can get across the nation in a hurry because we are expecting a war. The North Big River bridge proved a very difficult engineering problem and required more than a year to build. Dad Howard elected himself unofficial supervisor over the work and went down there every day offering his advice--it may be because of him is why the work was delayed! Different pumps had to be brought in to keep the water out while digging for a solid rock foundation, meanwhile the big pump house across the river was torn away as it was in the direct path of the highway which had crossed the river and gone on through Bonne Terre.
Howard was miffed at why they should tear down a huge perfectly good St. Joe pump at the very sight and bring in these tiny gasoline pumps unable to hoist a glass of water, he snorted, "It just goes to show how extravagant and wasteful our government is of our funds. If dad Howard was a little disgruntled about the highway coming through, he has a nephew who expresses his sentiments.
While this was being written a letter arrived from my cousin, Arnold Richardson of Hazel Run, he writes, "I wish there never were any cars or highways built. I used to get a thrill out of hearing wild turkeys gobble and drummings of pheasants. It has been several years since I've heard or seen them which is due to game hogs and automobiles. During the hunting season there is a general bombardment around my house here.
Some hunters come inside the fence without asking permission. I am a great lover of wild animals and would like to see them spared. Recently there was a possum that would appear regularly in my back yard just before sundown. I put out feed for it until it stopped coming. Some hunter or something else must have gotten it. Cousin Arnold is perhaps the last lover of the Richardson clan of our hills. I wonder though, if we had pheasants back in Hazel Run? The old-timers speak of them, yet, what is believed they were prairie chickens which is a bird about twice as large as quail.
Prairie chickens were perhaps gone forever. This is a new age of highways, aeroplanes, atom bombs and flying saucers. I think it an era my stepfather Lucius Hartle would have delighted in were he living, although he was a man of few words. Last week we stated that the money from the State Highway Department for the awards made by the commission in the condemnation suits for the new location of highways 61 and 67 through the north part of Farmington had been paid into Circuit Court.
Later the order to transfer the money was rescinded and on Tuesday the attorneys filed stipulations in Court which permitted the distribution of the money at this time and that is being done. The Highway Department had previously made out-of-court settlements with all of the other property owners along the new ft right-of-way. Altogether over 30 pieces of property will be crossed by the newly located road.
It cuts through the eastern part of the county like a lifeline pumping dollars into the economy of every community it touches. The four-lane concrete strips supplies a smooth traffic flow for more than 2, county workers who daily make the trip to the pay envelopes of the city while still able to enjoy the benefits of life in rural America. It is now called U. Back when cars traveling its dusty two-lanes carried letters like T, A and B for names and came in a choice of colors that ranged from black to black the southern part of the roadway that was to become U.
It followed a path very similar to that now called OO. The battle that created the state highway system started about the time dress hemlines were on their way up and flappers were being created. The idea stemmed from a plan to build a roadway between Kansas City and St. But by the plan had run into the problems which often beset state programs--it was slow and out of money.
As the temperature of the summer sun warmed, so did the battle over how the dollars should be spent. The urban folks fought for that link between the two population centers, while the rural folks wanted highways they could travel around the state. The General Assembly postponed the battle for a special session in that dragged on and on throughout the late summer in Jefferson City.
Finally they reached a compromise, which both sides believed to be very poor, called the Centennial Road Law. For the first time Missouri's highway system moved from one controlled by the counties to one controlled by the state. Today that compromise so melined by those involved in hammering it out, is called some of the best work ever done by the General Assembly.
It is through the act in that state Route 9 was created and the first steps toward a link from Flat River to St. Louis was began. Route 9 ran from Flat River to Fredericktown. The road north was still gravel and ran through DeSoto. A map of the system in shows the proposed route of what was to be Highway 67 to link up with Route 9. The first construction began north of Farmington with a 30 feet roadbed and 18 feet of portland cement concrete pavement.
This was accomplished between and as the "Roaring Twenties" had its volume turned up full blast. Then, as the stockmarket crashed, the depression set upon the land but work continued as the state moved to upgrade the part of the highway south of Farmington along what had been Route 9. This was done on a 36 feet roadbed and a 20 feet portland cement concrete strip in This roadbed can still be found as Route OO.
Names had already started to change. A map shows the roadway south of Farmington was called Highway 61 and the northern road was Highway Later the northern part would be called up to the s when the state renamed Highway 25, which ran from Jefferson County through Ste. Genevieve County, to Highway Gone are the service stations like Texico Town at the intersection of 67 and 32 where white-shirted attendants with leather bow ties in place rushed to the pumps, washing windshields and checking the oil as they "filled 'er" up at the price of 25 cents a gallon.
Gone too are places like Heck's, just across the road from Texico Town, where while Mr. Heck and his staff was filling it up, you could get a "cup of Joe" and piece of pie and walk away with change from a half-a-dollar. Old timers will tell you, "Yet, it was a busy road back then. Why, on a summer Sunday night you could set in Bonne Terre and tell when the traffic light changed in Festus. A trip to the city in those days was a three-to-four-hour ordeal filled with stop signs and cars turning left.
But there was always a stop at the Summit Cafe for a break in the driving time. Flat River was well known, in those days, by people who traveled by bus. The Midway Bus Station was where the Greyhounds made their stop. A sign of the times was the two entrances marked for Whites and Blacks so segregation could be preserved. The station can still be seen on St. Joe Drive. It is being remodeled but once housed a laundry. The importance of the traffic on the roadway can be seen by the efforts made to draw the traffic to business districts.
There was such an effort made by businessmen in downtown Flat River. They raised the money to help buy the land and build the roadway now called Main Street to Route 9 so drives would have an easy access to the business area. Today's county bus stop, Ozark Village, is also an outgrowth of business that develop[ed] because of the traffic along the busy highway. Seven years before the route change south of Farmington was made, work was started on turning U. Building the four-lanes of the roadway took from to when the last section between Bonne Terre and Flat River was opened in late summer.
For more than 10 years state officials tried to find the money to build the four-lane section between Farmington and Fredericktown. Then in that work was completed. In there was a change in the highway as the route was moved from the path of what is now OO south of Farmington to the new location on the west side of the city.
While the roadway there remained two-lane, the right of way was purchased for the expansion to a four-lane road. When the final four-lane section opened, the link up with St. Francois County to St. Louis was completed. The trip that once took three to four hours is now a non-stop drive of a little over an hour via U. Much of the expansion in the area along the limited access highway is still going on today.
Motels have been and still are being developed. There are plans to expand areas around several of the intersections with the roadway. The quick and easy access to the metro area, and the many services found there, has proven to be a drawing card for industry. Shopping malls have been built along the highway. Towns that once were built along the borders of the old Highway 67 are now reaching out to incompass the new roadway. A trip home from the city on a Sunday night is no longer one where cars pile up at the stop signs but it is still greeted with long lines of headlights as weekend vacationers return to the city after a visit to the lakes or one of the state parks that dot the area.
Little could those who spent that long hot summer working out the transportation rules for Missouri have known what they were building but their foresight in planning old Route 9 brought a life line to rural Missouri that has meant growth and a better life for those who live here.
County commissioners who now struggle with maintaining nearly miles of roads and over bridges may be no more overwhelmed than when earlier county administrators tried to layout and construct the first public routes through St. Records indicate the task began in when the County Court plotted roads to lead in all directions from the county seat in order that the principal towns could be reached. All of them being simple, dirt roads, travel during bad weather was still difficult if not next to impossible. The first "all weather" road was the historical Plank Road, which was constructed from through But that road preceded by more than 40 years the first concentrated effort of the county to establish a permanent road system.
It was in that the County Court and the city of Farmington shared in the cost of constructing the first rock road. Political prejudice was alleged in road work then as it has been in years since. According to history books, the decision was so unpopular that two county judges were defeated in the next election because of it. The next 13 years saw a boom in road and bridge building for that era.
By there were about 65 miles of hard-surfaced roads that included 35 miles of permanent rock road and 15 miles of gravel roads. By this time, the county also had 15 large bridges and five small bridges of the steel span type.
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The first concrete road in the county came about in at the same location the first rock road was built. Described as "sort of an experiment," the county built feet of foot wide concrete from Liberty Street north on Potosi Street. After eight years in which the concrete pavement showed virtually no sign of wear, the county took deeper interest in this type of road construction. The first quarter of the 20th century saw such economic and population growth in the county that the road and bridge building boom continued. Francois, to the top of Federal Hill.
This came at about the same time that the state paved a highway from Jefferson County to a point just south of Esther, a distance of 18 miles. It was not much later that the state extended the highway to Farmington. That state-constructed highway was to become U. By today's standards it is a snake trail, but then it was one of the most modern highways in the state. In an era when by-pass routes around communities to less traffic congestion are considered essential, the U. Original plans called for it to skirt the edge of Farmington, but business interests persuaded officials to construct the highway through the city.
It was not for another 25 years that the Highway 32 bypass known as Karsch Boulevard and then still carrying U. It was in the mid s that the state undertook the construction of farm-to-market roads throughout St. Most of those, now lettered routes, were originally county roads which the state took over and improved. Some, like Route K east of Bonne Terre, were constructed by the state. There are still many citizens around who remember when current highways were rustic roads. Route D, which runs north out of Farmington, was the old St.
Louis Road. The reason for that was obvious because it was the main road from Farmington to St. Louis around the turn of the century. It wound around taking travelers through such places as DeSoto and Hillsboro, though there was also the Hillsboro Road, which ran parallel. Before the county got into a semblance of an organized road program, winding trails through forests, over hills and across sometimes impassable streams provided the only routes. Even well into the 20th century horses still provided the safest and most efficient method of travel because of the difficult terrain and poor roads.
In bad weather, wagons and later vehicles would sink "to unbelievable depths" in the resulting mud. A trip to town was a day-long adventure for farm families well into the new century. A trip to the "big city" of St. Louis was much more than that. It was an event that many did not experience through much of their life unless they traveled by rail. Oddly as it might seem when transportation was so difficult in rural areas of the county, delivery of the daily St.
Louis Globe-Democrat to the farm families was commonplace as early as The newspaper provided many farm families with their only contact with the outside world. Tales of walking miles to attend one-room rural schools may sometimes be exaggerated, but there are many older county residents who can tell the truth about such experiences.
It was a luxury to have a horse or mule free from the farm work to ride to school. Usually that occurred only in extreme weather and the girls and younger children got to ride while the older children led the way. The one-room schools such as that at Salem community took students through the eighth grade, all in a single classroom and with a single teacher. When students completed that grade they either went to town to attend school or their formal education was finished. Because most could not afford to board in town and the trip to town was too difficult, families found a high school education more than they could attain--though education was held to be highly important.
Some families who found town schools out of reach had a unique approach to the problem. When their children had completed the eighth grade, they would send them back for a second year in that grade to make sure they had learned all they could. Those fortunate enough to own the early model automobiles also describe their adventures of travel, those coming without having to leave the county. With the old Model T Ford, for example, the only way to get over steep hills was to back over them because of the gear ratio.
During periods of heavy rain, travelers would often sit for hours waiting for swollen streams to recede in order to ford them. Many of the original steel bridges built in the early part of the century are still in use, though most carry limited loads and have long been rated as inadequate, out-dated and outright dangerous.
It has been scheduled by the County Commission for replacement, but funds from a federal program are not available and it may remain in service for at least three more years. Those early days when roads were rugged and modes of transportation still inefficient, many communities--like rural families--found themselves isolated. What were communities around the turn of the century hold little in the way of community life now because they are no longer cutoff. The county now has minimum standards that must be met before roads will be accepted into the county system. They involve both the type of construction and the width of the right-of-way.
The commission finds this is not nearly enough to do the work that is needed. One of the problems, and nobody is certain when it started, is the number of roads that were blacktopped years ago. Many have an inadequate road base and even more have poor drainage, both factors causing major deterioration. The maintenance cost of the blacktop roads that were improperly converted is much greater than the cost of maintaining rock or gravel roads. There has been discussion about converting some asphalt surfaces back to gravel or rock in recent years, but commissions have found strong opposition from rural residents.
Bridges have become a priority with all levels of government and recently more than 60 percent of all bridges in the state were found to be unsafe, inadequate or obsolete in a federally sponsored survey. Where rail traffic once flourished and air traffic has become only mildly common, the roads and highways are still the main means of transportation in St. They are an economic, political and socialogical issue with the public.
One traffic-snarling snow is evidence enough of their importance. With all of the talk of upgrading it to freeway status through St. Francois County, some of us ancient inhabitants are tempted to look back with generally fond memories of when U. It may not have the romance of Route 66, immortalized in song and a television series, but many who can recall the old highway will tell you it had its own character.
There are many who can remember further back than I about the highway and some of my recollections might be just a shade off in accuracy. It has been a half-century or more since most of these items of travel trivia existed. Going back to the beginning, the state constructed the first concrete highway through the county in the late s. One article noted survey work and engineering began in The old Big River bridges north of Bonne Terre and Desloge were built in about , some records indicate. Many will recall when it was U. What came as a surprise to me was that it was originally U.
It was U. Louis to Fredericktown in the period from the s until about At Fredericktown or more accurately Junction City, the two highways split, U. The other, U. Most of the current highway between Cherokee Pass and northern Butler County are the original route. The northern stretch of Woodlawn Drive in Leadington was the old highway.
Drivers of those days will also recall much of the old highway had a lip on the side. Rather than dropping a wheel off the pavement if you strayed too far to the right, it was like jumping a curb. Another disadvantage to that engineering feature was water drained onto the roadway rather than off, making hydroplaning a common problem. There were billboards in those days, but not as many and generally not as large.
Just about as common were the barns painted with advertisements for everything from tobacco products to tourist attractions. Some of the messages were on barn roofs, but some covered the entire barns. Of course, barns were more plentiful in those days, too. Commercial development was less concentrated on the highway in those days, retail businesses and services generally being located in downtown business districts. But there was commercial development and some colorful ones at that. Being too young to frequent them on my own, my recollection of all the taverns and road houses along U.
There aren't many of them left, but a lot of people will recall some of them. It is now one of the more popular steak houses in the county and attracts a much wider clientele. In the s and '50s the classy place was The 61 Club, about halfway between Flat River and Farmington. It was considered a night club rather than a tavern. Since state law did not allow clubs to sell "hard liquor," there was a liquor store in the same building as the night club, but customers had to go outside and into the liquor store to purchase whisky and the return to the club. Back in the club, they then purchased "set ups" to mix their drinks.
It was in the s that Bill and Bob Greif moved to the area and opened the Clover Club, a much classier night club that offered area residents the opportunity for an evening of dining and dancing. It also was located about midway between Farmington and Flat River. The Greif twins also eventually opened Suburban Furniture, a business that survived many years and was one of the larger retailers in the county.