SFFS: Snippet #2 from "Dakota's Gate" in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3

"Dakota's Gate" from The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3: Portraits of a Trickster

This is my second and last snippet from "Dakota's Gate," a continuation of Farmer's novel Two Hawks from Earth. I fell in love with Roger Two Hawks' character--he's a displaced, romantic soldier just trying to get home. He relies on his instincts as much as his intellect to see him through one crisis after another, and never loses his spirit, though he is quite lonely. What's not to love?! So, I gave him a special someone by introducing a new character, Dakota Cummings, into the Farmer-verse.

Now about the anthology...

A third venture through the works of Philip José Farmer focusing on his penchant for literary tricksterism featuring essays by Frederik Pohl, Michael Bailey, Steven Connelly, Bruce Sterling, Chris Garcia, Tom Wode Bellman, Jonathan Swift Somers III, David M. Harris, Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor, and Rick Lai and fiction by Charlotte Corday-Marat, Win Scott Eckert, Heidi Ruby Miller, Octavio Aragão & Carlos Orsi, and S.M. Stirling as well as hard to find, and never before seen works by Philip José Farmer himself.



"Where did you come from?" Two Hawks asked, handing her the gourd flask of fermented grain he'd been sipping.

"I think you know," she said.

The firelight danced over her skin, giving it even more luminosity. The alcohol swimming through his veins told him to get closer to her so he sat down, aware of his thigh resting against hers.

"This tastes disgusting." But she was smiling as she handed the gourd back to him.

"You came through the gate," he said.

"So did you, but I'm guessing from your rapport with these people that it was a while ago."

It wasn't a question, so Two Hawks wouldn't have been obligated to offer more, but he liked the kinship of another displaced traveler.


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  1. Nothing like a little drink to break the ice.

  2. Have to put this on my list. Good snippet

  3. Being that I've gotten the privilege to read the entire story, the snippet reflects the whole well. As always - very nice.

  4. Love the interaction here, Heidi!

  5. Now I gotta find out more about this... Nice chemistry here.

  6. Nice. I have to admit that this bit of PJF is new to me.

  7. Such a sweet scene. It made me smile. =)

  8. Great bit of interaction here. I want more!

  9. Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

    :) Heidi


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