Science Fiction Author
Rob Chilson has his own domain at www.robchilson.name
Science fiction author Rob Chilson, is one of the last authors whose first
works were sold to John W. Campbell. Jr. He is best known for his first
novel, THE SHORES OF KANSAS and for his short fiction.His
short story "Teddy" was named to the preliminary Nebula Award ballot. Teddy
is a very moving story which brought me to tears the first time I read
it. Rob has generously allowed it to be posted here
for you to enjoy.
Rob Chilson and Theresa Patterson at TuckerCon in
St. Louis in 2007
Greetings from Rob:
Hello, welcome to Keith Stokes'
Chilson Web Page. I suppose you're at least slightly curious about
me or you wouldn't be here. And since the best intro to a writer is some
of his writing, see below. However, this is not a "typical" piece of Chilsoniana.
Since I try to be original, there really is no typical piece. This is from
DEAD MEN WALK, BUT NOT TOO WELL--
Bernie McKay realized who he was, and what his Purpose
Angie, he thought. And Gibson, but mainly
Angie. Swaying, he turned from the dark pool from which he'd been born,
and looked across the world. From here to Oswego was not over thirty minutes
in a car.
It was going to take him a couple of days,
Bernie realized. For one thing, he wasn't moving very well. For another,
he mustn't be seen; if he was, his revenge would go glimmering. ...
It was slow going. Patience, he told himself.
I've got lots of time. Dear Angie will wait for me, won't you, dear? I
know you will. . . .
At long intervals he circled three houses,
dreading dogs more than people, and was hopeful of soon coming into forested
regions. Then came the birds.
The blue jays found him first, shrieking and
yelling and swooping about. Some called him "Thief!" and others disagreed,
calling him "Jay!" Their quarrel brought the crows.
At first Bernie's fear was that the swarming
yelling confusion would attract attention to him. ... Then a crow landed
on the shoulder of his blue suit and aimed a peck at his eye with its big
blunt beak. He jerked away and it missed, striking him over the cheekbone.
He felt no pain, merely a jolt. Horrified, he watched it gulp the pale
shred off lesh it had torn free.
He brushed it off, crying "Get away!"
His voice came out with a great hoarse sawing
sound, not unlike the voices of the crows. Other crows swooped at his face.
He felt blows to the back of his neck. Desperately he stumbled into a staggering
run, the birds swooping and screaming and cawing about him, the crows going
for his eyes, or any area of exposed skin. Stark fear of blindness went
through him. ...
Head down, hands above it, he stumbled across
the field while the birds attacked. Alfred Hitchcock would've loved this,
he thought wildly.
Novels by Rob Chilson:
AS THE CURTAIN FALLS 1974
These novels are out of print but may be located through AddAll
used book search.
THE STAR CROWNED KINGS 1975
THE SHORES OF KANSAS 1976
REFUGE (Isaac Asimov's Robot City, No 5) 1988
MEN LIKE RATS 1990
ROUNDED WITH SLEEP 1990
Upcoming Rob Chilson Appearances:
ConQuesT - Kansas City - Memorial