California Dreaming - Robert Hale Ltd, 1981

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My first published story - and my last for the next twenty-six years. Long out of print, there is a copy available on Amazon - for almost eight times what it cost when it appeared in 1981.

It was inspired by Roger Zelazny's Damnation Alley - the book, not the film. Not to mention probably every action and horror film my then 24-year-old self had seen. It doesn't resemble at all any of my other published stories. But I still like it a lot.

Many people have asked, and I have always answered the same thing: I really DON'T know what the cover has to do with the story. And I never knew who the illustrator was to ask him. Or her.