East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Steve Loves Linda, a short story of the Old Timers

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The Old Timers were a loose bunch of aged superheroes that I contributed to my friend’s Alex Girola’s shared universe 2 Minutes to Midnight. In a setting in which superheroes were members of government-sponsored teams or worked as part of corporations, the Old Timers were masked avengers hailing from an older, pulpier era. They remained in the sidelines and stepped in only when it was time to set the more traditional and modern superheroes straight.

I watched the Amazon Prime series The Boys, this last weekend, and then I got to talk with Alex and a few others of our old accomplices in the 2MM series. The original comic of The Boys had been one of the inspirations of our shared universe, together with The Authority, Watchmen and other revisionist comic series.
And we had lots of fun as long as it lasted.
It would be good to go back, we said.

And it turned out that each one of us had at least a story there waiting, and more stories to write.

Mine’s called Steve Loves Linda.

And here you can download it for free, as a PDF, no strings attached.

You’ll find links to my Amazon page and my Patreon, but those are only there as suggestions. My patrons usually get a few stories and articles delivered to them monthly – they actually got Steve Loves Linda yesterday.
You know, they say it’s good to be my patrons.

I hope you’ll like my old story.
It would be good to write more.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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