Signal Boost: Going Native & Other Stories

It’s a strange world out there…

A space traveler learns the dangers of getting too involved with another species…

Aliens want to teach humanity the secrets of the universe—If only we could stop laughing at them…

The social elites have a dark, twisted secret that makes race relations a nightmare…

It would be misleading to say J. Manfred Weichsel only writes fantasy or science fiction. Going Native features six stories to entertain and explore the darkest realities of what it means to be human (or not.) With bizarre alien landscapes, gripping plotlines, and unforgettable satire, this collection showcases a powerful voice in genre fiction.

“I tried not to laugh, General McAlister. I tried so hard. I struggled both physically, and mentally. Physically, I tried to swallow, to bite my bottom lip, and to clamp down on the insides of my cheeks with my molars. None of it worked. My mental effort to not laugh was just as useless. First I tried to think of something other than the aliens’ faces which were right in front of me. When that didn’t work I tried to explore, mentally, what it is exactly that makes the aliens’ faces funny, thinking that by doing so I could overcome the need to laugh. But the more I thought about the aliens’ faces, the funnier they became until I was laughing so hard I could no longer stand, and had to crawl helplessly from the ship.”

I took all this in. “And how did the aliens take it?”

“They remained completely stoic throughout all of it. There is something so noble about them, sir.” Dr. Albert started to titter as he recalled the nobility of the aliens. “That’s the worst part. The aliens remaining so dignified while they’re being laughed at.”

Dr. Albert’s tittering turned into laughter. I waited for him to regain composure and then said, “I want to meet with them.”

—Excerpt from “The Funniest Story Ever Told.”

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