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Synopsis: A high school counselor’s life is ruined when he is wrongly accused by a cocaine snorting student.
After Dinner Conversation is a growing series of short stories across genres to draw out deeper discussions with friends and family. Each story is an accessible example of an abstract ethical or philosophical idea and is accompanied by suggested discussion questions.
Podcast discussion of this short story, and others, is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Youtube.
After Dinner Conversation - Season Two is a collection of the best short stories published in the After Dinner Conversation series to date. Short stories span all genres; science-fiction, near-future, dystopia, spiritual, fantasy, urban fantasy, AI, historical fiction, contemporary women, political, horror, thriller, and children's stories. The important thing is that the story is compelling, and that it asks a specific ethical or moral question. Imagine the "trolley problem" in short story form.
"...a terrific collection of short stories (for teaching) courses on civics, ethics, or contemporary social problems, in high school or junior college." Philosophy Professor at Chapel Hill, Luc Bovens
"Tears Your Heart. Heart breaking discussions fueled by this book." Amazon Reviewer MariaJ
"...these stories as a whole so far, have been haunting, staying with me long past finishing." Amazon Reviewer Andrea L. Stoeckel
Each short story is also accompanied by discussion questions for the reader, or for a group of readers, to discuss. Many of the short stories have associated podcast discussions on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, and Youtube, as well as on our website, After Dinner Conversation.
Included Stories Top Ranked In The Following Amazon Categories!
- #1 in Utilitarianism Philosophy
- #1 in Aesthetics
- #1 in Parenting Morals & Responsibility
- #1 in Faith & Spirituality
- #1 in Pragmatism
- #2 in Historical Fiction Short Stories
- #1 in Physician & Patient Medical Ethics
- #1 in Occult Magic
- #1 in Free Will And Determinism
- #2 in Religious Studies - Ethics
- #1 in Religious Intolerance
- #1 in Political Fiction
- #1 in Greek & Roman Philosophy
- #1 in Jurisprudence
- #1 in Ethics & Morality
- #1 in Good & Evil Philosophy
- #1 in Children's Books on Values
- #1 in State & Local Government
- #1 in Christian Ethics
- #3 in Women's Fantasy Fiction
- #2 in Corruption & Misconduct in Politics
- #1 in Death, Grief & Spirituality
- #2 in Teen & Young Adult Short Stories
- #1 in Tribal & Ethnic Religions
- #1 in 45-Minute Teen & Young Adult Short Reads
- #1 in 30-Minute Teen & Young Adult Short Reads
- #1 in 30-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads
- #1 in 30-Minute Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
- #2 in 45-Minute Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads
- #2 in Christian Homeschooling
- #2 in Parenting Morals & Responsibility
- #1 in Natural Law Perspectives<
In this issue:
In Hope Endures Where Life Persists, a decades-long feud between mages erupts into the 1906 San Francisco Fire.
In The Raven’s Shadow, a woman seeking to help her new husband and his people - and gain power for herself - enters into a binding agreement with the vengeful Celtic deity, Cathubodua
In Ash Shades, two women survive the destruction of their landing site by taking shelter in their ship. They emerge to find a local sentient species salvaging burned seeds and must navigate communication barriers to learn what happened to the rest of their crew.
In New Game+, a serial killer sentenced to Hell finds himself recruited by the devil to work in the new field of video games.
Fourteen long form fiction included in this issue.
In this Issue:
Cover art Untitled by L.A. Spooner
Untitled by James Toney
"Rip with a butterfly" by Anna Ploeger
Russian Doll by Rachel Rodman
The Difference Blood Makes by DL Shirey
Scene From a Rooftop by Thomas Cavazos
Mangalo by Paul Stansbury
Once Were Gods by Jennifer Crow
The Depths by Austin Gottler
URSULA LE GUIN, THE ECONOMICAL EXPLANATION by Colin James
The Audit by Pat O'Malley
A Token for the Journey by Terrye Turpin
The Nurse and the Lawyer by David Hann
Creature of Habit by Karen Heslop
I'll Be Home for Christmas by Joe Taylor
Solo Pursuit by Joe Prosit
A Sense of Direction by Claire Simpson
Frolic on 13th Street by Michael Balletti
The Big When by Martin Zeigler
The Mother by P.L. McMillan
New World Order by Theresa Jacobs
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On Good Authority: A doctor with a new vaccine for the "zombie virus" takes it to the next town and discovers two startling revelations.
All My Tomorrows: A down on his luck man in his twilight comes into a "memory storage facility" to trade his remaining days for the chance to re-experience his "last good day."
Mayonnaise: The inventor of million dollar "zero fat, zero calorie" food additive discovers her invention is killing her son.
The One That Damned Me: A high school counselor's life is ruined when he is wrongly accused by a cocaine snorting student.
Patchouli Lost: Patchouli calls a friend for help getting out of an abusive relationship.
This I Do For You: A spoiled child is raised in the lap of luxury until he is finally called on to serve others.
After Dinner Conversation believes humanity is improved by ethics and morals grounded in philosophical truth. Philosophical truth is discovered through intentional reflection and respectful debate. In order to facilitate that process, we have created a growing series of short stories, audio and video podcast discussions, across genres, as accessible examples of abstract ethical and philosophical ideas intended to draw out deeper discussions with friends and family.