16 magazines with my name on the cover.
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Active Life Member, SFWA
|Science Fiction & Fantasy Sales (71 + 33 resales + 15 twitter sales + 1 novel + 1 anthology)|
|Published Articles (1605 in 148 publications, and nine books)|
|F&SF Writing page - all you need to know about writing SF & Fantasy|
|TableTennisCoaching.com - my main table tennis page, which includes my daily table tennis blog|
|Table Tennis Page - I'm a professional table tennis coach & writer. Really!|
|I'm a full-time table tennis player/coach/writer and a part-time science fiction & fantasy writer. I'm in the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame! Here's an online video the Washington Post did of me coaching table tennis.|
My novel, "The
Spirit of Pong," came out in May, 2015. "Andy 'Shoes' Blue wants
to be a table tennis champion, but he’s just another wannabe American. And so
he goes to China to learn the secrets of table tennis. He is trained by the
mysterious Coach Wang, and begins an odyssey where he learns the secrets of
table tennis from the spirits of Ichiro Ogimura (who helped spawn China’s
greatness), Rong Guotuan (China’s first world champion in 1959, whose tragic
story Andy must relive), and others, and must face the mysterious
"Dragon." Can he overcome treachery and learn the final secret of
table tennis in time to defeat his ultimate nemesis?"
My first novel, "Sorcerers in Space," came out in
November, 2013, from Class Act Books. You can buy it at Amazon
(print or Kindle versions). Here's the review from Abyss
& Apex. "Reading this book had me humming tunes from the 1960s, and
smiling, for days. I don’t recommend reading Sorcerers in Space in bed next to
your spouse. You’ll keep waking them up when you laugh."
"Pings and Pongs," 348 pages, a collection of my 30 best science fiction & fantasy short stories sales, is on sale at Amazon for $8.35 ($2.99 for Kindle).
I was mentioned in an article on alternate realities in Escape Pod, with my SF story Tom the Universe cited as an example of using a black hole to create an alternate universe! Also mentioned in article were my peers, Albert Einstein and Max Planck.
On Nov. 6, 2010, my story "The Awakening," by a unanimous decision of the judges (holy moly!), won the Grand Prize at the 2010 Garden State Horror Writers Short Story Contest! It's about a 4-D being that plays around with the 3-D universe (ours), and just for fun, makes a fly super intelligent. The fly goes to war first with a woman who tries to swat it, then with the 4-D being, and eventually with the entire 4-D and 3-D universes. You don't want to mess with this fly, and you don't want to know where it lays its eggs!!! As part of the prize, it's published in the upcoming Spring, 2011 (issue 114) Space & Time Magazine.
Meanwhile, I've had a rash of short story sales. I've sold 57 stories since May of 2008. (These don't include a bunch of "Twitter" sales or resales.) I've been on the cover of 16 science fiction or fantasy magazines (see thumbnail covers on right, click for full image):
I traveled a lot in 2008-2015 for my SF writing:
I've essentially been a full-time writer & editor for many years, focusing on the Olympic sport of table tennis, a rather unique niche. (I'm in the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame, primarily for my work as a writer, editor, promoter and coach, although I've won a number of national and state titles; here's my table tennis page.) My first book, Table Tennis: Steps to Success, has sold over 28,000 copies and is in six languages.
I returned from a 14-year fiction writing break in 2005. Before that, four of my best were published in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, one of the nicer and higher paying fantasy magazines until it closed in 2000. Three of the best are online - see links below. Four of the sales were in what SFWA defines as pro markets. (Three pro SF&F sales, or a SF&F book sale to a major publisher, are required for active SF&F membership.) Early on, most of my best work was humorous fantasy. I've gradually moved toward more theme-oriented work, although often with a humorous side.
I was interviewed by New Myths Magazine in September, 2010.
I was interviewed online by Community Fridays on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. The interviewer, Emma Larkins, asked for the interview after one of the panels I was on at the Capclave SF Convention.
I've attended a number of F&SF writers workshops. Workshops I've attended include:
Tribulations of the Past (and Future?)
Like many others, I went through a stage where I wrote and wrote, but nothing sold. From around 1986 to 1989, I wrote countless short stories, none of which sold. It's not easy, since the pro markets I was submitting to publish less than 1% of what they receive. Then, late in 1988, it all came together, and I sold eight stories in the next two years. Recently I pulled out all the old stories that hadn't sold - 47 of them! - and spent two days reading over them. They were horrible! In the end, I found one good one (which I've since rewritten), three that are possibly salvageable, and 43 that were ... well ... think Fahrenheit 451.
I've been a full-time writer and editor for many years, with nine books and 1605 published articles in 148 different publications. My first published article was in 1977, when I was 17.
All nine of my books. Click covers for further info.
Science Fiction & Fantasy:
The Spirit of Pong (May, 2015) - this is both Fantasy and Table Tennis
Sorcerers in Space (November, 2013)
Pings and Pongs: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of Larry Hodges (my 30 best published stories)
The Spirit of Pong (May, 2015) - this is both Fantasy and Table Tennis
Table Tennis Tips (May, 2014)
Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers (Feb, 2013)
Table Tennis Tales & Techniques (Feb, 2009)
Table Tennis: Steps to Success (1993, rewrite in 2006. Over 28,000 copies sold in English, plus unknown number of foreign sales; it's been translated into Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Malaysian and Hebrew)
Instructor's Guide to Table Tennis
I'm 54, and have a master's degree in Journalism, and a bachelor's in math (minors in chemistry and computer science), both from University of Maryland. Besides table tennis, I also play regular tennis, where I've achieved a 4.0 level. I spend most of my free time reading fantasy & science fiction, history, and playing with my dog, Sheeba, who loves bacon snacks. I'm also a Baltimore Orioles baseball fan. Feel free to pity me.
A Few Fun Links
My F&SF Writing page - all you need to know about writing SF & Fantasy.
My complete published works - 1605 published articles in 148 different publications.
My Celebrities Playing Table Tennis Page (1407 photos of 819 celebrities playing table tennis) This page used to get about 15,000 downloads per day!
My collection of table tennis books (213 of them!)
Table Tennis Exhibitions at a local mall
Some political cartoons I put together in 2006
Me winning the University of Maryland arm wrestling championionship (Under 170 pound weight class, 1983)
Me finishing the 1977 Marine Corps Marathon (age 17, in 3 hours 53 minutes)
How a writer handles rejection (hilarious 2min 33sec video)
15 Twitter Stories
Twitter stories are 140 characters or less, about 20-25 words.
Tweet the Meat
Jan. 22, 2010
|Twenty20 Journal||Sold Oct. 7, 2011|
|Galahad Returns||Weird Tales||I sold the story to them in April 2012, but on March 26, 2015, after non-stop problems with Weird Tales, I withdrew the story.||It's a humorous fantasy about Sir Galahad (of King Arthur fame), who returns to Earth after spending 1500 years searching the galaxy unsuccessfully (on the Greek winged horse Pegasus) for the Holy Grail. The world has changed, and he jousts with fighter jets while tangling with the U.S. president, nukes, and a painting of former president and unfortunate King Arthur namesake Chester Arthur. It's my second sale to them.|
|Leashing the Muse||Space & Time Magazine||Forthcoming||
English professor is disgusted with the poor work of
his students. And then, due to global warming, Polyhymnia, the muse of
sacred song, oratory, lyric, singing, and rhetoric, and the daughter of
Zeus and Mnemosyn, is released from where she had been imprisoned in
arctic ice for thousands of years by Zeus for criticizing his poetry.
She decides her mission is to turn all written work into masterpieces,
whether it be
|Head or Heat
|Ares Magazine||October, 2015 (issue #3)||
or Heat, Head or Heat, give us something good to eat!"
chant the master race Sizan children, in various costumes, in their
version of Halloween. But what they want to eat are the yummy-tasting
heads of the slave race Slabinnac children, or they'll burn your house
down. What's a slave mother to do?
|Satan's Soul||Stupefying Stories||Forthcoming||On the day before Armageddon, a depressed Satan wanders about Antarctica and kicks a penguin into the ocean as he ponders his certain demise. But then he sells his soul to a higher-dimensional being in return for a promise that he'll win.|
|Abyss & Apex||Christmas, 2014||A kid in post-Revolutionary War times takes on alien creatures who come down chimneys every year on the night of Dec. 24, demanding tribute.|
|The Roads to Hell||Stupefying Stories||Nov. 14, 2014||A well-meaning politician finds out what happens to idealogues in the afterlife - as does the Devil.|
|Human Help Desk||Abyss & Apex Magazine||Issue 47: 3rd quarter, 2013 (July)||When a computer's human is about to click on a link that'll load a virus that'll kill the computer, what can the computer do? Call the Human Help Desk, of course! A bittersweet tale of a computer's fight for survival.|
|Tyler's Ten||New Myths Magazine||June 1, 2013||When Vice President John Tyler takes the oath of office as president after the death of President William Henry Harrison in 1841, an alien vacationer takes over his body and sends his consciousness into a virtual reality world inside a computer - along with the other first ten presidents - Washington, J. Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, J-Q Adams, Jackson, Van Buren, and W.H. Harrison! Turns out the first ten presidencies were all run by aliens on vacation. What can Tyler do to save them? Features lots of presidential bickering (especially Jackson and J-Q Adams), an alien courtroom battle, and ends on modern earth.|
|Better or Worse?||Suddenly Lost in Words||May 23, 2013||
humorous story where a pair of aliens choose a random person and have
him make a series of "Better or Worse?" decisions (like when
getting an eye exam), about how to improve Earth, with surprising
|The Haunts of Albert Einstein||Gotham Ghost Gazette
Beyond the Grave Anthology
On the Brighter Side
September 25, 2012
|Poor Albert Einstein is destined to haunt his old offices in Princeton for eternity, surrounded by the ghosts of bickering physicists who simply will not shut up, and the relentless paparazzi. What can he do to save himself from this fate?|
|The Shaking Sphere||Every Day Fiction||Sept. 22, 2012||Suppose the ancient Greeks were right and the moon, planets, sun, and stars are all carried about the Earth in gigantic celestial spheres, with Earth in the center. Humans have colonized the inner-most Moon sphere and even have elevators that take us to it, 240,000 miles away - but now it's beginning to break apart. It's up to our heroic engineer to figure out what the problem is.|
|Running with the Dead||Buzzy Magazine||October 19, 2012||This is the story of a dead kid who wants to attend high school and run as a miler on the track team. He faces not only public pressure to quit - the country is mostly against letting dead people attend school - but also the captain of the track team and leader of the "Mile Mafia," the very person who murdered him one year before.|
|The Oysters of Pinctada||Flagship Magazine||June 1, 2013||My name is on the cover! It's the story of a space pirate's kidnapping of the king of the planet Pinctada to find the secret of where they get the giant pearls they sell - and the lengths the Pinctadan's will go to save their king, and the terrible secret the pirate learns.|
|The Devil's Backbone||After Death Anthology||April, 2013||
the story of an ice cream man who is killed and pulled into the ground
by an incredibly gigantic hand, which turns out to be the Devil's, who
literally jams him down his throat and (from the inside) onto his
equally gigantic backbone, where there is an entire city of lost souls.
How can he escape?
This reviewer picked it as one of the three best in the anthology.
|The Dragon of the Apocalypse||Penumbra||July 1, 2012||My name is on the cover! What should the president of the United States do when a huge dragon swoops out of the sky and lands on the U.S. Capitol, a seeming threat to congress and the American people? It's like King Kong on the Empire State Building, but army helicopters instead of bi-planes - and things are not as they seem.|
|In the Belly of the Beast||Electric Spec
| May 31, 2012
Scheduled Fall, 2009; magazine closed before publication - but here's their unused table of contents for that issue
A wizard with a unique method of slaying dragons is swallowed by his dragon prey. While in the dragon's stomach, he must protect and save himself, his daughter, and others, all of whom have also been swallowed, while keeping a terrible secret from his daughter. She hates her father, who abandoned her when she was a child; despises the inept wizard; and along with the others in the dragon's belly, is waiting to be rescued by a famous dragonslayer who is on his way. What she doesn't know (but reader does) is that all three are the same person. Features the only battle between a wizard and a warrior in the belly of a dragon in history.
|The Sanctimonious Time Traveler Trap||Quantum Muse||May 7, 2012||The time traveler only wanted to save their lives - but they had other plans.|
|The Kitchen Debate||Quantum Muse||March 19, 2012||A mystical debate between science and religion takes place in a scientist's kitchen.|
|Willy and the Ten Trillion Chimpanzees||Musa Publications||March 16, 2012||It turns out William Shakespeare was a demon, and had a rather large basement containing North American. . . with ten trillion typing chimpanzees, with time speeded up a trillion times. The chimpanzees rebel. (Here's a review.)|
|Rationalized||Story Quest||March 1, 2012||
This won the Story
Quest Short Story Contest. It's
about a future society where everyone has an operation on their brain at
age 13 to remove all emotions, and the underground society that secretly
avoids this operation, but must pretend to always be unemotional - and
the lengths they must go to hide their secret when a terrible accident
"The writing is solid and for a story about lack of emotion, it packs an emotional punch." -Blogger Mark Webb
|Life and Death and Bongo Drums||Every Day Fiction||Feb. 20, 2012||When the entities Life and Death come for a mysterious Nazi-affiliated time traveler, the only thing standing between him and death are . . . bongo drums?|
|The Hand of God||66 Twisted Tales Anthology||Fall, 2011||Evolution or Creationism? God might have a surprising answer.|
|A Brush with Dirty Yellow Teeth||66 Twisted Tales Anthology||Fall, 2011||How do you defend against a giant snake? You better have a special weapon!|
|Running with the Dead||Through the Eyes of the Undead II||Anthology canceled before publication||
He just wants to try out for the high school track team as a miler. The
problem is that he's dead, and the captain of the track team, the leader
of the Mile Mafia, is the one who murdered him.
|Mirror My Love||Quantum Muse||Oct. 10, 2011||Vanity and a do-gooder magic mirror.|
|You and We||Quantum Muse||July 25, 2011||This was an experimental piece - not only all dialog, but no dialog tags! If I did it properly, you can tell who is speaking from the context. Time travel, time loops, meeting your past and present selves, murder - it's all there!|
|Galactic He-Men and the Ultimate Demise of the Human Race||Sam's Drabble 19: Climate Change||July, 2011||When climate change threatens the human race, you better know your anagrams.|
|The Awakening||Space & Time||Spring, 2011 (#114)||
Grand prize winner at the 16th Annual 2010 Garden
State Horror Writers Short Story Contest, in November. It was a
unanimous choice of the judges!!! Here's
My name is on the cover! A 4-D being plays around with the 3-D universe (ours), and just for fun, makes a fly super intelligent. The fly goes to war first with a woman who tries to swat it, then with the 4-D being, and eventually with the entire 4-D and 3-D universes. You don't want to know where it lays its eggs!!!
Here is the review from SFRevu: "This one starts in the Fourth Dimension in the home of the artist Red PolyChoron. Through a three dimensional tapestry on the walls of his tesseract home, he likes to watch a three-dimensional world, ours. He does more than watch, he intervenes, creating what are deemed miracles in our world. He would tape what happens and has exhibited these events and received praise for his artistry. One day, he decides to intervene again. Observing the common house fly, he realizes that if it had more room for its brain, it might cause problems for the predominant species, man. He solves this problem by expanding the fly's brain by extending it into the fourth dimension. This sets into motion some extraordinary events and a truly imaginative story."
Here is the review from tumblr.com: "The Spring issue has great stuff in it, including “The Awakening” by Larry Hodges which gets bonus points for bugs. A fly gains mastery of space and time so that she can eradicate evil and lay her eggs in its corpse, I mean how can you not like that? The fly being female may be strangest of all; normally when a monster shows up it’s male for some reason. But the more the merrier, says the freakshow host, and everyone’s invited."
|Tom the Universe||Escape Pod
Wildside Press Megapack Anthologies
| April, 2011
(This is the largest audio SF market, but you can either read it or have it
read to you.)
A romp through singularities, universes, and just about everything else as our hero goes from common man to vengeful supreme being. He has a valuable lesson to learn about forgiveness; will he learn it in time?
"A fantastic story! . . . Tom's emotions are beautifully drawn out in this carefully constructed tale - highly recommended!" -Russellweb.org
|Workshop Gods||Flagship Magazine||April, 2011||My name is on the cover! This is a satire on writing workshops. What happens when a very nervous God gets bad critiques for the planet Earth in his workshop for planetary creation, and he decides to cheat in order to qualify for SFWA (Supernatural Formation of Worlds Association)? The opening line is "God fidgeted."|
|One Brushstroke at a Time||Every Day Fiction
Something Good to Read anthology
| Feb. 17, 2011
A budding artist rebels against the Church of Art, which declares,
"In the beginning, God created heaven and Earth," the preacher
said, clutching his bible. "And the Earth was without form, and so
He formed unto its canvas that art known as mankind and his
surroundings, and it was His greatest creation. And there shall be no
other art but that by God the Artist."
|The Greeny at Old Smokey Lake||Ray Gun Revival||February, 2011||An alien warrior from Antares, who looks like a blue, ten-armed spider the size of a house cat, retires to Earth and, disguised as a human, spends his time fishing with a human friend. But when a greeny shows up on Earth, it's up to him to save his friend and stop the invasion.|
|Car Drive||Flagship Magazine||January, 2011||If you have a rotten life, and then eight-foot-tall aliens disguised as policemen kidnap you and others, herding everyone (in cars) like cattle? Maybe the unknown life with them - as pets, experimental subjects, zoo specimens, food?- would be better than your current life.|
|ggg.earth.gxy||Flagship Magazine||November, 2010||My name is on the cover! It's a satire on the Internet, with the president of the United States getting caught up in the Galaxy Girthing Grid, the galactic version of the World Wide Web. When he gets arrested by aliens on another planet for indecent exposure for not covering his mouth in public, how can he escape, return to Earth, and solve our global warming problems, all while keeping his mouth covered?|
|Out Came Death in an Explosion of Saliva and Curses||Beyond Centauri
Carmine Tales Anthology
| October, 2010
|A giant snake swallows a little boy, attracting Death, who turns out can be rather careless.|
|Pruning for Gold||New Myths||September, 2010||What happens if a greedy person can cut off parts of himself and the parts turn to gold? How far will he go?|
|At the Snake Show||Beyond Centauri||July, 2010||A boy and his giant snake at the snake show. Will they win?|
|The Meteor Always Strikes Once||Beyond Centauri
The Magic Hat Anthology
Joy's Galaxy of Fun Anthology
| July, 2010
My name is on the cover! (In Beyond Centauri) The story starts with the main character's fortune from a Chinese
fortune cookie saying, "A meteor will kill you in five minutes." It's
possibly the only talking meteor story ever written.
The story sold to both Aoife's Kiss and Beyond Centauri at the same time, since they have the same editor and he wanted the story in both. (Different audiences - Beyond Centauri is primarily a youth magazine.)
|Microsorce||Afterburn Science Fiction
Wildside Press Megapack Anthologies
| July, 2010
Scheduled Fall, 2009; magazine closed before publication
|When the world's computers are run by sorcery, and the corporations are run by sorcerers, a hostile takeover takes on a new meaning.|
|Mummy at the Bat||Beyond Centauri
Spacesuits and Sixguns
| April, 2010
Was scheduled for February, 2009, but magazine closed.
name is on the cover! The tongue in cheek yet poignant tale of a non-speaking, baseball-loving
mummy with supernatural skills, and the difficulties he faces in trying
to make it to the major leagues.
Professor James Richard Nichols of "At the Dot" wrote, "This issue of Beyond Centauri leads off with Larry Hodges' hilarious "Mummy At The Bat" [whatever you do, don't throw him a spitter]."
|Bonesy||New Myths Magazine
Wildside Press Megapack Anthologies
Bonesy is the story of a man whose skeleton came alive when he was a boy. At first they are great friends. Problems arise when the skeleton goes crazy . . . and wants out. Here's the illustration that went with the story.
Propensity for Silence - The Well of Book Run Dry" blog wrote:
|Eternity and the Devil||Dark Portals Anthology
Wildside Press Megapack Anthologies
|My name is on the cover! Basically a twist on the "Deal with the Devil" story. A physicist sells his soul so he can make discoveries that will benefit mankind. When the Devil shows up and takes him to Hell, the scientist escapes into the future in a time machine - and with numerous stops, goes a trillion years into the future, pursued by the Devil. At each stop, he is surrounded by billions of systematically tortured souls in Hell - including his long-suffering girlfriend, who he is determined to save.|
|The Dashing Dash||Calliope Magazine||December, 2009||Hands down, it's the best punctuation....|
|Memory of a Minefield||Hypersonic Tales||September, 2009||
Has an audio reading!
A woman tries to save her child. To do so, she not only has to live and relive her life, but the entire life of the universe over and over to do so!
|A Tale of Two Wizards||Arkham Tales||August, 2009||
My name is on the cover! It's the story of the two greatest wizards of the ancient world, Zuku and Death himself. The two face off along with their vast armies in a final, desperate struggle, but due to betrayal (Death offers Zuku's troops immortality, life insurance and other benefits), Zuku loses and is trapped in a bottle at the bottom of the ocean for 5000 years. En route to freedom, he battles a coke bottle recycling plant, a great white shark, and a jumbo jet, and finally meets up with Death in his new offices in the Trump World Tower in modern day New York City. He also finds his mom, her spirit trapped in a sword, and his dad, transformed into a sea turtle. They battle Death and his army - tottering old men after 5000 years, but still very much alive - in a battle that ends in the space shuttle.
|Raiders of the Ballot Box||Atomjack||August, 2009||A satire on the fixing of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election using self-aware computer viruses. About one-third of the story is from the point of view of one of the viruses.|
|An Earlier Inconvenient Truth||Hypersonic Tales
The Magic Hat Anthology
|A satire on global warming and spoof of the documentaries "An Inconvenient Truth," "Super Size Me," "Sicko," "Bowling for Columbine," and "Fahrenheit 9/11," all told from a dinosaur's point of view, 65 million years ago. Hypersonic Tales has an audio version, so you can just listen as they read it to you! Reading time is 5 min 17 sec. (Make sure to keep listening after the explosion - there's a short scene after that.)|
|Omen of the Oven||Necrography||Spring, 2009||A psychic immortal witch, in a wedding dress she took from her lunch that day, cooks a child for her upcoming dinner date, with full details on the temperature and time needed, and herbs, spices and veggies that go with it. The front of the oven is caked with grime, but she keeps seeing images through the oven's window. Since she often sees the future, she keeps cleaning the window, trying to get a better look. And when she finally sees what's inside, she gasps in shock and horror. Then a hand from behind clutches her shoulder, she screams, and....|
|Jackpot World||Space & Time||Spring, 2009||
What happens if, on one hundred million identical universes, an
interdimensional traveling alien is mugged by Wayne, an armed and
unhappy criminal, and all of these aliens in all of these universes
transport the attacking Wayne to the same Earth in one universe - ours?
Yes, it's the dreaded Multi Accedo Scenario!
"...the 'whammy' is so mind-blowingly delicious I would never dream of ruining it here or in any of the hundreds of millions of alternate realities where I am also typing this review." SFReader, April, 2009
"This was a very different kind of story and quite interesting." SF Revu, April 27, 2009
"...a sly little SF tale of an alien named Songo from an alternate reality..." Tangent Online, Summer, 2009
Sandi's Sampler: A Tasty Blend of Speculative Fiction Anthology
|What if that psychedelic vision - say, of a charging Tyrannosaur - isn't a vision?|
|Dragon Cuisine||Aoife's Kiss
Dragon's Quest Anthology
name is on the
cover! A young dragon prince rebels against an arranged marriage, as there is
another he wishes to marry. He leaves home, and starts up his own
kingdom in the far north. He battles spiders, bears and food (humans,
the cuisine in the title) with no problem, but falls victim to a
wizard's spell that slowly turns the giant dragon into a giant frog. He
faces many tribulations trying to find a suitable human princess to kiss
so as to turn himself back, all while hopping about and smacking
warriors with his tongue instead of the flame he's used to using.
"Dragon Cuisine . . will tug at your heartstrings and leave you rolling with laughter in the aisles." Expressions, March, 2009
|Defeating Death||Weird Tales||February, 2009||This is the story of Paulie, a sorcerer's owl, a species of owl that lives out its life in the robes of mostly unwilling sorcerers. Paulie makes his home in the robes of the most powerful sorcerer in the world, where they battle each other, the postal service, and Death himself, all while trying to figure out why the rooms in their house keep disappearing. Oh, and there's a zombie in the guest room.|
|Pens and Pain||Alienskin||February, 2009||What happens when an alien gourmet came to Earth to live off our pain, with the aid of a rather sophisticated pen?|
|Dirty Socks||Calliope Magazine||Winter, 2009||All about socks and rocks....|
|Ghosts of Cretaceous Park||Abyss & Apex||Second Quarter 2008 (May)||
Possibly the world's
first dinosaur ghost story. Billionaire brothers fight for control of a
ghostly dinosaur park, the scene of murder mysteries in the
present and 70 million years ago.
I've found three reviews,
all very positive:
"...pretty much a shaggy dog story (or perhaps a shaggy dino story), but it does its job assuredly." The Fix, June 3, 2008
"Five stories, the picks of which are . . . and Larry Hodges' 'Ghosts of Cretaceous Park', the comic tale of a nasty real estate developer getting his comeuppance thanks to a dinosaur's ghost. One is thoughtful, the other more light-hearted, but both reach their intended targets." Reading By the Moon, June 1, 2008
"The newest issue of online magazine Abyss And Apex is #26 with some well-written stories, all of which got a Very Good from me." SF Revu, May 30, 2008
|Counting Sheep||Beyond Centauri||January 2008||My name is on the cover! An autistic man constantly counts sheep and never sleeps--but is he more than he seems?|
|Happily and Righteously||Blood, Blade & Thruster||December, 2007||Story was third in the Blood,
Blade & Thruster "Conspiracy" short story contest. If you believed
assassins and deadly green aliens were trying to kill you, and you were
right, wouldn't you die happily and righteously?
"Do not read this story while under the influence of any mind altering drugs . . . Scratch that. Only read this story while under the influence of mind altering drugs." -Nathaniel Lambert in online comment
|There Once Was a Cowboy||Space Westerns||November, 2007||First place in the Space Westerns Limerick Contest! Does this count as a short story sale? Well, it's short, it tells a story, and it's a sale!|
Sporty Spec: Games of the
Before Kindle: Short Stories from Real Magazines
|A table tennis player is
imprisoned inside a ping-pong ball by a genie for 10,000 years,
where he practices table tennis and studies to be a genie himself - only to discover a
"Ping-Pong Ambition is a fun take on the genie-who-gives-three-wishes story. The tropes are familiar, but the light tone and twist ending make this an entertaining read." The Fix, Jan. 27, 2008
"Ping Pong Ambition by Larry Hodges was a great, quick read. The story squeezes ten thousand years into one thousand as the main character, Toby, finds himself trapped inside the tiny walls of a ping pong ball after having his wish granted by a wizard. I loved the voice of Toby and the description of the passing years. However, it amuses me most that, the sport was ping pong. You don’t see that much and it makes me smile." Review at AnthologyBuilder.com
|Forever Underfoot||Afterburn SF||September, 2007||For billions of years, two tiny gnome-like creatures have run the devices that keep the universe running - time, gravity, light, entropy, etc. However, a terrible accident and a clumsy human cop lead to disaster. Can the one surviving gnome save the universe from eternal limbo while learning the truth about himself and the universe?|
|Men Sin||Capital M||May, 2006||Capital M is the official magazine of Metropolitan Washington Mensa. I sent it to them since the story centers around a Mensa meeting. (Mensa is an organization for people with IQs in the top 2% of the population.) A Star Trek parody.|
Twisted Cat Tales
Seeing Around Corners Anthology
Cat Futures and Other Feline Fiction
|What happens when Earth is attacked by interdimensional beings, and the only one who can save the planet is the befuddled U.S. president's temporarily super-intelligent cat?|
|A Conscienscious Genie in a Ping-Pong World||Table Tennis Today||March/April, 1993||This was the only story I wrote
during my 14-year break from writing fiction.
What happens if you are playing ping-pong, and the ball breaks, and a genie comes out? Why, you get three wishes. Just be careful what you wish for as the genie might misunderstand.
Then there was that 14-year break from writing science fiction & fantasy. . . .
|Issue #19, 1991
|When your ship is out of power, and you absolutely have to get going in a hurry or everyone's going to die, what do you do? Ma to the rescue!!!|
|Rude Awakening||Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy||Summer 1990||A short "flash" piece. After you die, if you want to be frozen and revived by future generations, better think things through!|
|Time to Diet||Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy||Spring 1990||
is on the cover!
A dieting story about a flying carpet pilot with an impossible problem.
"We lost a good production assistant over this story, she thought it was insulting to every fat person in the audience. What do you think? As a diabetic, I'm a perpetual dieter, so I loved this." -Marion Zimmer Bradley in table of contents
Nuts and Bolts
What do you do when your telekinetic computer declares war on you?
|Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy
Reprinted in a German Anthology
is on the
cover! The life of a writer when his computer is infected with
practical-joking gremlins. (Hint: You'll need peanut butter.)
"Don't we all wish the writer's life was this easy! But this chap had his own troubles, even with a magical word processor - jkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjk." -Marion Zimmer Bradley in table of contents
|Falling Apart||Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy||Winter 1989||The "Featured Story"!
A sorcerer's apprentice goes where he's not supposed to go, and
literally falls apart. How will he put himself back together again?
"This story is indescribable - anything I said would have the words, but not the music. We all laughed until we thought our heads would fall off. Read it and see if you agree."
|Old Tuna||Dark Starr||Sold March 1989; magazine closed before publication||When the world is conquered by aliens, what happens to the family cat?|
|The Fish That Roared||Starsong Magazine||January 1989||You'll never look at goldfish the same way again!|
|Horse Dreams||Atrocity Magazine||December 1988||What do horses dream about?|
|Fiction & Non-Fiction|
1605 published articles in 148 different publications (circa October, 2015)
|The Spirit of Pong, May, 2015|
|Sorcerers in Space, November, 2013|
|Pings and Pongs: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of Larry Hodges, 2010, my 30 best published stories|
|Table Tennis Tips, May, 2014|
Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers, February, 2013
Professional Table Tennis Coaches Handbook, 2009, Revised 2013
Table Tennis: Steps to Success, 1993; revised 2006; 28,000 copies sold, in six languages
|Instructor's Guide to Table Tennis, 1989; revised 2000|