The writing webste and espresso-induced ramblings of John Charles Miller.
My alternate history novel of 1890s Citrus County, Florida, Citrus White Gold, has been published. To obtain a copy, click on the cover image to the right.
The Quark Space Travel site name was derived from my short story, Scammed, in which a random Google® search comes across an obscure website: quarkspacetravel.com. The story took 1st Place in Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2009 Tampa Writers Alliance annual writing contest, and is published in Wordsmith 2010.
An excerpt from the beginning of the short story:
Surfing the web when bored and having nothing else to do is, depending on your viewpoint, a growing world problem or a pastime for nerds like me. It is extremely addictive. I have not had a date in more than six months, and I really like the dark cave-like room where my computer is set up. No worries about skin cancer, right?
Once, I Googled for God. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see what would come up. The word "God" gave some 566,000,000 results after only 0.05 seconds. Wow! God is really popular and fast. However, no matter what entry I clicked on, or even assisted by my copy of the O'Reilly Google Pocket Guide, I never found his home page. Could God be computer illiterate? Has God not paid the fee to his ISP? Has God's server crashed? However, I did find that the domain "iamgod.com" was for sale. I thought about buying it. but then people might ask me to perform miracles. Miracles? I have a hard enough time getting out of bed. The water to wine thing was cool, but that is not my bag. I am a dark beer guy.
Recently, in another moment of boredom, I typed "space travel," to see what would come up. There were some 158,000,000 "hits," almost as many as for God. Could I narrow this down? Were there any space travel agencies? I typed "space travel agency". Yes, a bunch of them; mainly Russians ran them. Seemed like millionaires with excess cash want to go into space.
Hmmm, here was a space travel agency that did not look like Russians ran it:
Let's see what's there:
You can read the rest of this story by clicking on the PDF button below. If you don't have Adobe Reader, you can get the latest version by clicking on the second button.
Copyright 2011 John Charles Miller
The evening of April 9, 1891, the Citrus County Commission chambers in Mannfield, Florida were taken over by a partisan group from the nearby town of Inverness, declaring Inverness to be the new county seat. "Stolen" is what irate folks from Mannfield said. In fact, the County Clerk, still in his chair at his desk, writing, had been loaded into a mule-drawn wagon and hauled off, along with county furniture and records.
By 1917, Mannfield was no longer on maps - it was a "ghost town" with naught but longleaf pine and turkey oak-covered woods. Nothing remained, not even foundations, just a lonely cemetery, a dried up pond and old sandy roads. Could things have been different?
The history of Mannfield, Citrus County and even the United States of the late 1890s and early 1900s changed when Jim Harkins went on one of his nature-loving bicycle rides down the northern portion of the Withlacoochee State Trail in Citrus County in the early autumn of 2001. All caused by a wandering gopher tortoise crossing the trail.
To obtain a copy, click on the above cover image.
Please note that my writings are undergoing constant revision -- a particular pdf might not reflect what I am working on. Thanks.