Author archives: VictorDLopez

Mars: Genesis 2.0 (SF short story)

This is not the only end of days scenario from my Mindscapes short story collection, but unlike the far darker “End of Days” short story where more than merely our world hang in the balance, my “Mars: Genesis 2.0” short story offers a more optimistic view if there can be such a thing when facing Armageddon. A previously undiscovered 200-mile-wide asteroid is heading for Earth and will hit in 666 […]

Business Law and the Legal Environment of Business, Third Edition

There are a variety of reasons why college textbooks have been priced out of the reach of too many students. In 2009 I published a scholarly article on the reasons for the high cost of textbooks and the efforts at the time at the federal and state levels to address the issue through legislation (See  “Legislating Relief for the High Cost of College Textbooks: a Brief Analysis of the Current Law […]

Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems

Sonnet: Ode to Innocence Oh half-remembered, fleeting, happy time, When nothing mattered more than love and play, Imagination was then in its prime, And life began anew with every day. A flower was then a joy, a mystery, And not a petal, root and simple stem, And life was full of wondrous fantasy, Untainted by the intellect of man.That time is gone now; it cannot return, The fruit’s been swallowed; […]

End of Days (SF Short Story)

Unfortunately, scientists are not the only ones who like to play God. They are just more tragic and contemptible in their efforts at doing so because they should know better. They are like amoebas attempting to extrapolate the secrets of the universe by examining in minutest detail the drop of fetid swamp water atop a floating leaf that they inhabit. In a very real sense, scientists are among the smartest […]

The Riddle of the Sphinx: Solved! (SF Short Story)

The midday sun blazed in blinding glory directly over the Great Sphinx of Giza as Dr. Zahi Hawass, the famous Egyptologist whose love of Egyptian antiquity seems rivaled only by his love of the camera, faced the score of reporters with his well worn Indiana Jones hat and best cat-who-swallowed-the-canary-smile. “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome. This is a great day for Egypt and the world,” he began with an enthusiastic smile […]

The Day the Dolphins Vanished -- Science Fiction Short Story

The Day the Dolphins Vanished – SF Short Story Preview THE DAY THE DOLPHINS VANISHED (C) 2010,2017 Victor D. López The following story excerpt is from my short story collection   Mindscapes: Ten Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories Beatrice Benson, BB to her colleagues and friends, would be at home in any exclusive beach resort anywhere in the world tanning her perfect body while her long, lustrous light-brown […]

Eternal Quest (a speculative fiction short story)

He took a moment to take it all in and, for an instant, was transported back to his college days.  He could almost hear Professor Greenberg reading from Blake’s Songs of Innocence. Behind him, he knew, were the Songs of Experience–the decay, death, and disappointment of real life, of unfulfilled dreams that are the inevitable legacy of childhood’s end. But if he did not turn around, he could almost deny […]