The third story, and my favorite, was a science fiction story by Christie Yant, “Temperance”. It’s a time travel story with a flawed protagonist. It could easily become the inaugural story in a series, and I hope it does. I’d like to know what happens next.
That is convenient, actually, because the story was written as a prequel to a novel I’m working on! “Temperance” is an origin story, if you will, about the Temperance Society for Historical Preservation. The novel will largely focus on the women of Temperance, one hundred and (due to the nature of the town) 150 years after the events of the short story. Both the story and the novel require a lot of research. Much of the world-building and even one of the events in the story–the bust-up at the hotel–riffs off of local history. My little town has some fascinating and terrible skeletons hiding in its closet.
If you get a chance to read “Temperance,” you may recognize a couple of names: Anthony Cardno and Mike Epple both elected Kickstarter prizes that included having a character named after them, which made it even more fun to write.
Thank you for the kind words, Keith! I’m glad you enjoyed it.