My first literary love was Robin Hood followed closely by Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan novels, but perhaps my deepest emotional ties with literature lie within the amazing collection of tales that are called “The Arthuriana”.
As a child, the thought of a “once and future” king absolutely tantalized my imagination. Not only was Arthur the greatest king EVER, he was going to come back!!! Arthur’s return was as real to me, in my younger days, as the annual visits of the big elf himself, Santa Claus.
So, back in the mid 1990s, when I was living in Midtown Atlanta, I had the quirky idea of taking the Latin quote that promises Arthur’s return and somehow twisting that into a science fiction story. Quirky? Yep. Necessary? Nope. Fun? Yes!
What if aliens wanted to “fix” us and the only way that they knew to communicate with us was to use literary and historical quotes?
Well, that “what if” resulted in my little quirky short story, “Once and Future”. Enjoy!