Fiction by Bill Adler

Bill Adler
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Created 23 Mar 2021
  • Uber on Time
    02 Jan 2022 • 3 min read • 8 4
    Photo by Samuele Errico Piccarini on Unsplash I tapped my foot with so much force that I almost dented the sidewalk. I glanced at the app for the twentieth time. Uber’s ETA was six minutes. I was on e...
  • Lawbreakers
    26 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 17 20
    Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash “I’m required to read the details of your crime,” the warden said, his words rushed. “On August 12, 2022, Geraldine Dumont violated a known Law of Physics, the Do...
  • The Last Sleep
    19 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 13
    Photo by Bill Adler “Systems set for hibernation?” Amie asked. “We’re Earthbound. ETA six months.” Oscar stretched out his arms and yawned. “I could use a long sleep.” He surprised himself at how able...
  • The Yawn
    12 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 8 17
    Photo by Bill Adler The loudest thunderclap Joaquin ever heard rocked the Starbucks window so violently he was sure the glass would shatter. Only it didn’t. And it wasn’t a thunderclap. Glints of dayl...
  • The Day Oliver's Father Died
    05 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 10 12
    Voyager drawing by NASA At 11:35 p.m., thirteen-year-old Oliver Peat turned the knob of his Lafayette HA-230 shortwave radio, swiveling his desk chair from side to side. He sat in total darkness, exce...
  • The Ferris Wheel
    28 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 6 8
    Photo by Bill Adler “Damn it.” “Carl Abby, don’t swear.” Lucy removed her hat with the fabric flowers and lace and set it on the seat beside them. She hiked up her skirt so Carl could see her legs. Ca...
  • Handwritten Draft of Stephen King's Autograph
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Thanks for being a paid subscriber to my newsletter, Fiction by Bill Adler. I am grateful for your support. Paid subscribers receive copies of handwritten drafts of my stories, and here’s the raw draf...
  • Stephen King's Autograph
    21 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 17 16
    Photo by Bill Adler The line to get an autograph for Stephen King’s novel, Sun Dark, snaked all the way past horror and science fiction through dictionaries and cookbooks. King declared that Sun Dark,...
  • John Martin's Universe
    14 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 13 17
    Photo by Bill Adler The universe ended on March 3, 2022 at 9:19 p.m. when a mugger shot John Martin as he walked home from the Dunkin Donuts around the corner from his apartment. Due to the robber’s u...
  • Stories Not Yet Told
    07 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 8 11
    Photo by Bill Adler The bedroom clock blinked 4:35 AM, its red LED at war with the white light radiating from my Kindle. As I powered my Kindle off, I felt a light go out in me, too. I’d just finished...
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