Jack Ryan's Published Short Stories

These science fiction stories are listed in chronological order from the SEC Timeline. Also note: Some publications do not have a good system for archiving their old publications. So, just in case, clicking on the story name will link to a PDF file of the published story.

The Last Acorn
Golden Needles

Golden Needles: 4400 words. The story appeared in the 15 June 2015 issue of SF Reader.A battle between the saurians of the planet, Home, results in a tear in space-time which, in about 6000 years, could cause the destruction of this part of our galaxy. Home's ejection from it's own star system makes it a rogue planet and puts it on a path which will result in a potential collision with Earth. The story begins...

Prince Syree knew that within six hours he would be dead. Standing tall and proud, his glossy skin and patagia a dark blue, he stared out at the rain drumming against the windows of the hexagonal mess hall. Lightning illuminated the slender, golden starships in the distance...

Day of the Doomrock: 2300 Words. The story appeared in the 12 April 2017 issue of Perihelion SF. Taupoian treasure hunters Eustan and Liz discover the rogue planet on its collision course with Earth. The story begins...

Liz Embwallah admired her flawless yellow skin and the sexy tufts at the tips of her ears as she gazed at her reflection in the view screen of the navigator's console. At ease in her chair, she played with her long hair, wrapping brown curls around her finger, and mused about their expedition to Gamma Murmer II's Hill Country.

"Just think of the stuff I'll be able to get with my share of our profits...

Day of the Doomrock

Shuttle 54, Where R U?: 5200 words. The story appeared in the 12 May 2015 issue of Perihelion SF. Hank Jodhpur brings home a whelk found while collecting marine life in Biscayne Bay. After he discovers that the whelk is an alien space shuttle, his "friend" Carl steals it. Hank and his girlfriend, Sara Leone, must rescue Shuttle 54 and return it to Biscayne Bay in time for a rendezvous with the aliens' mother ship. The story begins...

"Hey, Jodhpur!" Carl's voice was a little loud for the university library. "Y'all goin' collecting?"
Carl Bligh was about six-six, hair black and thick. He had one of those President Nixon five o'clock shadows at any hour of the day or night. And he didn't think it was funny if you called him "Captain" Bligh...

Shuttle 54, Where R U?

The Pirates of Panjandrum: 5800 words. The story was published in issue 28 of OG's Speculative Fiction. On the planet Panjandrum, Sheila Cash purchases the plastidroid Juan del Rio from Pierre Bordeaux to help her get revenge on the gangster Bidido by conning him out of a small fortune and the starship Marcopo. The story begins...

Sheila listened to the clicks and pops as her subspace vocophone call made its way from Panjandrum to Earth. Her sister finally answered, "Clancy residence. Hello..."

"Sinead, I'm pregnant.

"Sinead? Are you there?" Sheila said after the silence became unbearable...

Pirates of Panjandrum
Trittcha          Trittcha
3-D model © 2012 by
Will la Puerta

Don't Think Twice: 4900 words. The story appeared in the 12 April 2014 issue of Perihelion SF. After Trittcha's latest molt she is driven from her home because her foreign scent and blonde fur wing patches now mark her as not of her flutterby flock. She finds a home at the research station with Tom and discovers that her primitive intelligence improves with her psychic interaction with his mind. The story begins...

Trittcha itches. Itches. Itches.

Night but not-night. Three moons are one moon.
Trittcha itches. Itches. Itches.

Nearly adult after this molt, she'll be able to flirt with the Flock's males...

Page updated: 25 April 2017
Page created: 16 January 2012