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The Strangers of Kindness
by Terry Hickman   

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Publisher:  The Fiction Works ISBN-10:  1581243561 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 1999

The Fiction Works
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Whether you're lost on your own world in a hostile society, or on an alien world amid bizarre life forms, the strangers of kindness offer salvation in many forms. This eBook offers two novellas of the bizarre amid the familiar; but good people are good people no matter how many eye-stalks they have.

PEOPLE LIKE THEM: Theo Dahl, bookseller, and Jennifer Skoada, truck farmer, are cruelly thrown together by their near-future New USA's increasingly repressive fascist laws. Theo's destruction seems to be Jennifer's only hope, until another turn of the screw threatens to destroy them both. Aided by five orphans who Theo and Jennifer take under their wings, and two brave strangers, they seek a place that will welcome "People Like Them."

THE WEDDING PRESENT: Pasha Sands, a sprightly blob of intelligent silicon, crash lands on Earth en route to the most important appointment of its life. Though it deplores the concept of slavery, the only way Pasha can rebuild its spacecraft is by purchasing a human to do the physical labor. Jared, the young man it buys, and Anna, "The Wedding Present" owned and abused by Pasha's loathsome neighbors, show Pasha how far a human will go for a loved one. There are many kinds of wedding presents, as Pasha learns to its surprise.
People Like Them:

"Well, Mister, I’m sorry but Winnie’s right. Nobody gives us anything, and I suspect you’ll be in an orange jumpsuit pretty soon. Don’t fight me, okay? And we won’t hurt you."

Theo nodded, defeated. He couldn’t bring himself to kick at them again. Surgeon and Curt stripped his jeans off him and Surgeon took his own off right there--he was naked underneath and grubby all over--and put them on. He smiled a little, said, "Still warm," and then had the grace to look ashamed. "Sorry, Mister. Hope you have better luck soon."

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Two for Review - Bella Online
The Strangers of Kindness was reviewed by Donna McDougle for Bella Online ( Click through Entertainment/Electronic Publications/Archived Features to find "Two for Review #3."


“There's a horror here reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's ‘The Lottery’. ‘People Like Them’ gives us the worst and the best that people--people like us--are capable of.

“[‘The Wedding Present’] is a delightfully told tale with humor, compassion, loyalty, tragedy, and morality shining through and never in a heavy-handed way.”

The Strangers of Kindness
Reviewed by Karina Sumner-Smith for the online ezine Speculon.


"As a whole, The Strangers of Kindness is an uplifting and entertaining book. Terry Hickman’s prose flows quickly and smoothly, and has some nice descriptive elements that evoke clear and unique images."

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