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From the Author

This book of stories is a collection of my personal favorites, some of them from the very beginning of my career in short stories and two of them from as recently as 2010. I've seen the collection described as crime fiction and science fiction - and those descriptions are both true - but it's really a limp through the minefields of human behavior. There's mystery, adventure, romance and confession, so step carefully, and remember that we don't all define humanity in quite the same way.

About the Author

Retired from the US Army and work in general, Kate Thornton spends a lot of her time listening to other peoples' conversations. Her short stories appear regularly in mystery, science fiction and literary magazines. With over 100 stories in print, she also conducts short story seminars and workshops in her Southern California community.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Denouement Press (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603640339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603640336
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,848,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to say that I am enjoying this book immensely! Inhuman Condition is so well written, the endings to the short stories GET ME every time.
Kate Thornton has a brilliant mind! I love this book and I'm spreading the word...
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I just finished INHUMAN CONDITION and loved it. Great stories, so well done. Cell Phone Call is just murderously delicious, as is Summer Freeze and so many others. Enjoyable writing.
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Short story maven, Kate Thornton, has turned out a terrific collection of tales to tease, titillate and tantalize the taste buds. She takes the reader down many dark streets from a dusty country road where some secrets are best kept on ice to moon based vistas where transporting contraband just might change the universe.

Thornton often says her stories balance nature... when nature doesn't get it right. A few of the stories lurking in Inhuman Condition take a stab at making things right. A few are cautionary tales that make you want to grab your kid and maybe even your dog to protect them from things you only half dreamt were hiding out there beyond the safety of your front door.

Whether the story takes place on a remote moon base or in one of "the projects" on the wrong side of the tracks, Thornton knows how to drive a story to the brink and then take you happily, if not slightly terrified, over the edge.

Pop the popcorn and dig in. This is a great read.
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These well-crafted and concise literary excursions offer both entertainment and illumination ... with a delightfully disturbing edge and novel perspectives. Highly recommended.
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Sometimes the blurb on the book encapsulates the book in an excellent way. From the back cover of the recently released collection, INHUMAN CONDITION written by Kate Thornton, comes this explanation:

"Human beings tend to fear the things they don't know, and that is often sensible, given the lurking dangers that confronted our distant ancestors. But sometimes we need to examine carefully the things we think we know: the pet shop owner in town, the teenage girl who lives next door, or the nice man who walks his dog each evening in our neighborhood. The stories in this collection will drive that point home, and perhaps give you reason to re-define the word "'inhuman.""

As well as define "human." With a subtitle of Tales of Mystery and Imagination these twenty-one tales set on earth and in space, frequently push at boundaries defining what it means to be human. Frequently the tales are a bit disturbing, not in terms of graphic depictions, but in the meaning of what has happened or will happen thanks to the final twist at the end illuminating the dark working of a character's twisted mind. In nature, the concept of "camouflage" keeps both the hunted and hunter alive in the constant struggle to eat or not to be eaten. That same concept, passed down in the hardwired code of humanity from our distant ancestors is alive and well in these times. Make no mistake--this book is about the hunters hiding in plain sight among us and the prey they seek for a variety of purposes.

The anchor story in the collection is the very good tale, "Nightwatch: Cardenio" (pages 83-154). Using characters and other story elements originally created by Jeff Williams and with his permission as noted, the tale takes the Nightwatch team deep into the Amazon.
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