Dancers and Instructors at Harvey Zumbathon in Round Rock, TX

The Zumbathon for Harvey

I wrote this Pantoum-mime poem in honor of the many people inside and outside of Texas who have given any aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. by R. L. Copple - 9/4/2017 The call goes...

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Dodge Ram 1500

Did Dr. Smith break into the map app’s company headquarters to take us out? It seemed that way.

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The Fullness of the Void

Samarqand Afrasiab Cemetery

I had lost her. No more tender kisses. No more sitting on the porch swing. No more holding hands. No more complete Christmas dinners. Only a gaping hole the size of the Grand Canyon. How could I live half a life?

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“Santa Claus Is Leaving Our Planet”
Allusion Key

Here’s the key to unlock the secrets of my short story, “Santa Clause Is Leaving Our Planet.”

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Santa Claus Is Leaving Our Planet

Galaxy Santa

Free Christmas Story: Santa is out of this world!

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The Unlikely Angel

A Likely Angel

I encountered an angel in the wee hours of the morning in 1994. A very unlikely angel, but an angel nonetheless.

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Death by Injection
Horror for October

William Burke (serial_killer) 1792–1829

He laughed, and haunted echoes filled the room. Death dripped from his words. “You’ve got it wrong, my dear. I am many. I multiply and infest this world with fear.”

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The Fountain of Christmas Cheer

Christmas tree. Pereslavl museum, Christmas 2012

Daniel discovers the true source of Christmas cheer even in the midst of horrible circumstances.

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Orion’s Integration

Wormhole Travel: A digital image by Les Bossinas for NASA

Short Story: Daniel and Jill explore the first stable wormhole. What they discover changes their lives.

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The Hole

A simulated Black Hole of ten solar masses as seen from a distance of 600km with the Milky Way in the background (horizontal camera opening angle: 9°)

Captain Jane Bower of the Starship Arizona attempts to rescue a ship trapped on the edge of a black hole’s event horizon. She discovers that black holes are more personal than she had realized.

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Monkey Madness

Monkey_Sam_Before_The_Flight_On_Little_Joe_2

I told headquarters their idea proved they had developed a case of monkey madness. Never give a monkey a man’s job. But did they listen? No. They trained and installed monkeys through the whole fleet. And now I’m sitting up in bed, a monkey holding a ray gun to my head.

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  • Hero Game

    Second book in The Virtual Chronicles. A superhero space adventure!

  • Mind Game

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    First book in The Virtual Chronicles. Virtual reality has never been so real!

  • Reality’s Fire

    Third book in The Reality Chronicles. The exciting finale goes to Hell and back.

  • Reality’s Ascent

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    Second book in The Reality Chronicles. An adventure with consequences.

  • Reality’s Dawn

    First book in The Reality Chronicles. 15 adventures of Sisko to enjoy!

  • Ethereal Worlds Anthology

    25 short stories and flash fictions written over five years by R. L. Copple.

  • Strange Worlds of Lunacy

    Let's go there. It's a silly place. Two flash fictions in this anthology: "Shake, Rattle, and Roll," and "Baby Truth."