“The Derby” by Ripley Patton

April 26, 2009


Homer, Alaska will always have its rumors about what happened to Paul and Jimbo that fateful night. (27 min)

“The Derby” originally appeared in #33 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. It was recently nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel Award.


An Excerpt:

Jimbo feels connected to Paul. He senses his urgency, his desperation. A shooting star suddenly flashes across the horizon in front of them and then another and another as the sky is filled with a dance of cosmic sparks. Both of them point at each new flashing wonder for the other, laughing as their arms cross. They can’t keep up with the display. There is a noise, a whistling in the air and then a loud bang from behind them as something hits the deck. They both turn, startled, At first, they see only the darkened deck and Paul thinks that Felix has pulled a prank, but then a pin-prick of a twinkle becomes a glow, as the meteorite that has miraculously landed on deck begins to flare.

Ripley Patton March 20, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Kam and Maryanne,

Thanks for the shout out! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this tale as much as I enjoyed writing it.


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