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About Stephen Leary
I like to do fun things like write stories and novels, drink coffee in cafes while writing new works, run and compete in races, play chess (National Master), read my favorite authors and look for new ones. My undergraduate degree is in Journalism from the University of Akron and my Master's is in Library Science from Kent State University. I was born in Akron, Ohio but now live in the greater Washington DC area.
CONTENTS: The Master Plan to Defeat the Dystopians; I, Manikin; Where Is the President?; The Flurry Abduction; The Screaming Cry of the Chessbird.
Contents. Foreword: Notes on writing short stories and the ideas behind this chess-themed collection. Queen of the Chess Cult: The search for a beautiful queen who presides over a cult with a sacred book listing the moves of the perfect chess game. Pawn Storm: Falling from the sky are snowflakes like chess pieces. A Wasted Life: A man gives up chess but is continually reminded of it to his chagrin. Klooster: A sunny day at a lake house reclining in beach chairs with chess, sandwiches, beer, and a pretty girl. The Chess Plague: A mysterious plague devastates a town and especially its chess players. A Bowl of Stew: A man and woman enter a cafe and discuss their personal interests while waiting for their dishes to arrive. City of a Thousand Chess Clubs: A town with many unusual chess clubs unlike anywhere else. A Dimly-Lighted Cafe: An old man waits vainly for chess opponents at a cafe. A Legacy for Jim Zorn: A chess player from the 1970s dies in a small Ohio town and the locals recollect what they knew about him. The Prisoner's Tale: Terrorists capture a prisoner who explains his life story to his cellmate using chess pieces instead of words. The Screaming Cry of the Chessbird: A giant bird terrorizes a metropolis. The Unwrapping: Friends unwrap gifts at a Christmas dinner. The Infinite Chessboard: This world is a chessboard whose squares change in size, number, and color.