Dewey Becker was contracted by Cardinal Medicine to invent things. He called his first creations Dewboxes, and Cardinal brought him on full time as a technician to maintain them. After a troubled past as a Sergeant Major in Vietnam, he thought the job would carry him softly into retirement...
Neith, a Sicarii Knight, is bound, like the rest of his kin, to an omnipotent wise man called The Hierarch, who dictates the workings of the universe. It has been determined that a Scavenger boy will bring about the destruction of the planet Taylor, and Neith is sent to stop him before millions are wiped out by the asteroid of a vengeful cosmic entity.
This is a stage play about six actors, all of whom are in pursuit of an elusive award dubbed The Recognition. To get it, they will go so far as to poison, murder, and frame each other, all while the play that they are trying to perform falls apart slowly.
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Tony Del Degan was featured in the October edition of Community Now Magazine – a Calgary based publication. Both his published works – the Plight of Steel and the Recognition – were also showcased.
My Front Door, a Finchhole was published by Loft 112 and Short Édition, and can be read at their Short Story Dispensers, and their website.
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