March 19, 2018

Frederick Foote

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The Mechanic (2014-09-08) cover story science fiction extinction war

Frederick Foote is a retired State of California worker and community college instructor. He lives in Sacramento, California and writes plays and short stories.

The Mechanic, Part 2 (2014-09-15) science fiction extinction war

The great ship Nina is before Estrada's eyes at last, but her darkness has targeted his heart...

The Mechanic, Part 3 (2014-09-22) science fiction extinction war

Unwillingly separated from the Nina, Estrada must find meaning in his life -- but can he live with what he finds?

The Mechanic, Part 4 (2014-09-29) science fiction extinction war

Estrada has found a happiness he never expected, one he will never leave -- unless...

The Mechanic, Part 5 (2014-10-06) science fiction extinction war

Conclusion. Estrada has been recalled to enlistment, back to the monstrous weapon-ship Nina. What will he find there?

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Alley Ways (2014-10-27) cover story fiction horror

Clothe yourself in darkness...and then don't be surprised what you find in your pockets...

Nina (2014-11-17) science fiction extinction war

Return again to the universe of "The Mechanic" and Estrada's last hope and happiness...

Usama (2015-01-12) cover story fiction future fight

How do you stand and how do you approach when you know that you cannot run?

Trinity (2015-04-27) science fiction conflict

Death is inevitable; what comes next is something more...

Resurrection (2015-08-17) cover story fiction family death horror

Time and space are finite. But love, and spirit are not...

Changeling (2015-09-14) cover story science fiction future

Searching for novelty, searching for beauty, searching for excitement...why is it such a an biological imperative when so often it leads to destruction?

The Slith (2015-11-16) cover story science fiction horror

And this world, and all things in it...?

Fish Story (2016-01-04) cover story fiction horror

There! By the pilings, the water moves in that certain way -- that's where you cast your line...

Vector (2016-09-12) cover story science fiction aliens

Who was the first one? And who -- or what -- will be the last?

Instances (2016-10-10) fiction

A rare look from within a lost mind...

Them Blues (2016-10-31) cover story fiction blues

They get into your head, into your blood, and nothing can take them away...

Elysian Options (2016-11-21) cover story fiction future

It's always good to plan ahead...

Winter Interlude (2017-01-09) cover story fiction life death

In the end, you're never really alone...

Twins (2017-02-06) cover story fiction horror

So different, so far apart, and yet so much the same...

Eight Ball (2017-03-06) cover story fiction horror soul

Pride and greed and arrogance -- yeah, he can work with that...

JC and the Projects Kids (2017-04-24) cover story fiction life

Some say one thing, and some say another, but fact is, if you're doin' what you're supposed to be doin,' you'll be happy...

The Bullfight (2017-05-29) cover story fiction horror

What did you come here to see? What has come to see you?...

Nappy Hair (2017-06-26) cover story fiction culture

Oh, for defiant hearts...

The Painting (2017-08-07) cover story short fiction horror

They say that when art is really good, the audience simply can't look away...

The Interview (2017-09-04) cover story fiction discrimination

Anything you say or don't say can and will be used against you...

Gone Fishing (2017-10-02) cover story short fiction horror

Does this one arrive when you least expect it? Or is it always nearby...

Food for Thought (2017-12-04) cover story short fiction horror

Aren't you glad Halloween is over?

Veterans' Day (2018-01-01) cover story fiction death military

Let this year be one of thought...

Etta May Shoemaker (2018-03-05) cover story fiction afterlife

Remember that old song, "In Heaven There Is No Beer?"

Etta May Shoemaker St. Peter Interview (2018-03-19) fiction afterlife

Now there was some unfinished business...

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Trump's Legal Actions to Make America White Again (2017-04-10) essay laws government opinion

And don't forget the wall he wants to build -- who will that keep out?

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Giving People (2017-06-12) poem unrhymed

"...a hidden taking of your essence..."

Taking People (2017-07-10) poem unrhymed

"...Never sated..."

She Is (2017-08-07) poem unrhymed

"...Substantial in every way..."

Crow Calls (2017-10-30) poem unrhymed

"...One note black crow..."

Poetry Is (2017-12-04) poem unrhymed

"...Pretentious, modest, A mummer, a scream..."

US (2017-12-18) poem unrhymed

"...a hand at every throat a knife for every back..."

Final Exam (2018-02-19) poem unrhymed

"...And it's alright and it's okay..."

The River Rough (2018-03-12) poem unrhymed

"...Carrying away and devouring all..."

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Frederick Foote
Frederick Foote

Frederick K. Foote, Jr. was born in Sacramento, California and educated in a racially segregated elementary school in Vienna, Virginia until he was twelve and returned to Sacramento and its economic and racially segregated schools.

He served three years nine months in the USAF and retired from the State of California in 2001.

He has been married for 46 years and has two daughters.

He started writing short stories in the spring 2013 semester in Dr. Silcox's creative writing class at Sacramento City College.

His family, friends, instructors and MeetUp group, Sacramento Prose and Poetry writers, have tolerated him, encouraged him and inspired him to write and to improve his writing.

You can find his work online at Specter Magazine,, and and in the print copy of the 2014 Sacramento City College Susurrus Literary Magazine.