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Nine quirky science fiction stories from the off-beat imagination of Sheila Crosby.Travel in your mind to distant planets, asteroid mines, the past and the distant future. Meet star-crossed lovers, a bed with too much personality for its own good,MoreNine quirky science fiction stories from the off-beat imagination of Sheila Crosby.Travel in your mind to distant planets, asteroid mines, the past and the distant future. Meet star-crossed lovers, a bed with too much personality for its own good, time travellers, a man whos travelled a trillion miles for revenge an over-optimistic alien and more.Over the years, Sheila Crosby has sold over fifty stories, plus a handful of articles, but “The Dodo Dragon and other stories” is her first anthology. Two of the stories take place on the island of La Palma, where the author has lived for over twenty years.British English. 22,000 words.Contents:The Dodo DragonI am the last and I am lonely. Last night I saw three of the large moons hanging together, with the sea sparkling and dancing below. It gave me no pleasure. There was no-one to share it.Oh Baby!The Ibble took great interest in the Earth Ambassador’s pregnancy.The Appliance of ScienceThe fridge had gone missing again. All that was left was a rectangle of gleaming blue tiles where it had stood, surrounded by a ring of black grease.Caught in the OortA trillion miles was a long way to come for revenge. I grinned. The Cult of the Bathtub would have to go much further than the Oort cloud to escape me.Scream QuietlySweet sister, my husband grows more violent.Infant ColicAgonized screams ricocheted off the grey metal walls. Hopeless and bewildered, Helen cuddled her newborn son. His tiny mouth opened like a great red tunnel, and his knees jerked up to his belly in spasms.Designer GenesI threw the magazine across my living room as hard as I could. Its pages made a wiffling noise as it flew, and hit the wall with a twick. Then it fluttered to the floor still in one piece.Frankly, I’d hoped violence to an inanimate object would prove more satisfying.Zuggy Zu and the Humans“No. Absolutely not! It’s far too dangerous.” The Controller threw Zuggy Zu’s report in the recycling bin.Breathing SpaceDan Gaunt squirted half a tube of Tabasco into his chilli. It still tasted like ashes. He shovelled it in anyway.