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July’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Bloop,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

This month’s story is about a mysterious signal received from space. Is it a message? Or something else….? Beware of strange dreams after this one! Check out July’s FREE original audio sci-fi short story “Bloop” here.

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June’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Red Parka,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

This month’s story is about two crazy teenagers who find something on one of their phones that couldn’t possibly be true. Or could it? Enjoy!

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Short Stories

May’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Rose,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

Hey guys! All I’m going to say about this one is it’s about an old lady named Rose. And it’s another one that’s barely science fiction. And it’s shorty. That’s it. Enjoy!

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Rob Dircks crashes Villanova Comic Con 2017

On March 31, Rob Dircks (me) was joined by authors Maria V. Snyder and Nancy Holzner for Villanova University’s very first Comic Con! The three authors hosted a panel titled “Stories of Space, Supernatural, and Zombies,” and talked not only about the worlds and characters they’ve created, but the every-changing …

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April’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Tick Tick Tick,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

So last week I got a tick on me, and of course I freaked out, and did the whole doctor thing, they have to check your blood, check the tick, etc. And I started thinking: here’s this tiny little thing, hardly even there, and it can bring you to your knees. But what if it went even further? Like sci-fi further? Just how bad could it get? This story veers into sci-fi horror, so I apologize in advance if you have any bug nightmares.

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Michael McCarthy

Monique’s Poem

Monique Melendez, the author of the following poem, was a former student in my junior religion class. Here is a copy of her original work: Poetry’s Magic I love Monique’s poem. I love its simplicity, straight-fowardness and strength. She reveals herself. Like the sweetest of melodies, her poem makes its …

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Michael McCarthy

Celebrating McCarthy’s Selection with a Goodreads Giveaway!

Poet Michael McCarthy’s work “The Strange People in Long Beach,” from his Goldfinch title The Ways of Grace, has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of the Suffolk County Poetry Review. Way to go, Michael! To celebrate, we’re running a Goodreads Giveaway of the title until the end of …

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March’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Out of the Blue,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

Have you wondered lately why so much weird stuff keeps happening? The wrong movie gets the Best Picture Oscar? The Cubs win the World Series? Trump defies everyone’s expectations to become president? Steve Harvey announces the wrong Miss Universe? Well, wonder no more. March’s FREE original audio sci-fi short story is “Out of the Blue.”

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February’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Purgatory,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

The latest episode of the Listen To The Signal podcast is up! February’s FREE original audio sci-fi short story is “Purgatory.” I don’t want to give anything away before you listen to this next story, so I’ll just set it up by saying our protagonist, Tom, is a desperate guy, at the end of his rope, and that the end of that rope might not be as cleanly cut as he expected. Enjoy!

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TWO Rob Dircks novels for under TWO bucks!

<<<<<<<<< SALE ENDED >>>>>>>>>>>>> This week only: get both of Rob’s science fiction novels, Where the Hell is Tesla? and The Wrong Unit, for just 99¢ each! That’s 80% off the ebook list price, and hours and hours of reading pleasure for less than your morning coffee. Boom! Where the …

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