Fiction by James H. H. Lampert
An Incomplete Catalog
Tales of the First Contact Corps
The Interstellar Republic is a vast alliance of sentient cultures who have banded together for common defense, and to share knowledge and culture. For nearly a century, the Republic's legendary First Contact Corps has evaluated newly-discovered cultures to determine which ones should be offered membership, which ones can be freely visited, and which ones should be isolated, either for their own safety or that of visitors. These are the slightly-hardboiled first-person adventures of a First Contact Specialist.
We visit a planet where the whole society is based on absolute libertarianism.
We visit a pristine world, i.e., one that is totally ignorant of life elsewhere. Are the inhabitants ready for the Republic? Is the Republic ready for them?
Somehow, the Republic managed to colonize a planet without noticing its inhabitants, and it's up to the First Contact Corps to correct the oversight.
Star Trek Stories
Interview with Dr. Ambrose Crater,
What really happened on Planet M113? How did the planet's last inhabitant kill Robert and Nancy Crater, as well as a number of crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise? Federation Today correspondent Javier Lindstrom interviews the Craters' son to find out the shocking truth.
or "The Salt Vampire Ate My Parents!"
The Gray People
The origins of one of the most bizarre and dangerous cultures the Federation has ever encountered.
Other science fiction
A day in the life of an assassin bug. A very large assassin bug who loves her work.
Organ PrincessTM Adventures
The adventures of a child prodigy organist and her friends.
My Novel: The Cuckoo Nightingale
We follow the childhood and coming-of-age of organ virtuosa Jennifer Christine Schweitzer.
We see a defining moment in Jennifer's early childhood, and its effects on her as an adult. Free sample! Read this one online!
Portrait of a Mentor
Jennifer's teacher tells her about how she first became interested in the organ.
Tibia Mozzarella: A Cheesy Love Duet for Organ
A man, a woman, and a theatre organ pizzeria.
A Chip on Her Shoulder, and a Song in Her Heart
In these two stories, we get to know Brenda Gibson: feminist militant, hockey player, and organist.
Princess of the Organ
Jennifer tells her children a bedtime story.
The Organ Princess Blues
The Story of Kristin Webber, a young theatre organ enthusiast
Young Bookish Nerd Seeking Young Bookish Organ Princess
A tale of unrequited love, and of very-much-requited love.
Yes, Santa, There Is a Jennifer Schweitzer
An Organ Princess Christmas story.
Blue Passacaglia for Amy
The magic of a dying girl's last wish.
Jennifer meets an old nemesis face-to-face for the first time, and he doesn't recognize her.
A new pastor wants to replace his church's organ and choir with a praise band.
Can an old organist learn new tricks?.
Other Short Stories
A Geek's Life
A day in the life of a shy, seventh-grade intellectual.
A lonely single writer on Amtrak's Coast StarlightTM.
Eight Hours of Hard Time
The horrors of voluntary incarceration.
General Horace S. Richter
It's World War III, and the Free World's last, best hope is a long-retired misogynistic bigot with the nickname, "Horse's Rectum."
A Woman of Purity
The perfect girlfriend. With a secret.
Smoke: A Political Parable
Voices in a smoke-filled room.
A work in progress.
Not a Prayer
The Religious Right has won the battle to reinstate school prayer. But what have they really won?
Not Running on All Cylinders
The old man's truck isn't the only thing that fits the title.
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