Fiction

Immortality News: A Novel. Creative Arts Books, 1999.

"Antiphons," a short story in Inkwell, Fall 2007 (No. 22), 125-135.

 

Fiction in Progress

Face, Incorporated is a novel about a fictional Southern liberal arts university, Face, which is in the process of being ingested by today’s corpocracy.

The main character, Beebe Bowree, is a young statistician in the middle of her first year as a faculty member at Face. As she begins to learn the ways of this academic world new to her, she meets other university members who put statistics to strange uses. The guys in academic computer services are designing some edgy statistical technologies for students to use in grading faculty. The administrators for faculty performance have some testy statistical ideas about how faculty should be grading students. Beebe’s new friends in the history department, Virginia and Slocum, entertain subversive notions about quantifying faculty research, in the face of sinister “book parties” that enshrine faculty publications in the Face Red Room library. Marv, charismatic leader of the prospective faculty union, waves charts and graphs projecting future faculty pay. Dale Webb, head of Gender Studies, has refused for all Dale’s retrospective past to check the gender box on official forms, in order that Dale’s gender cannot be counted.

Meanwhile, the long-suffering staff of Face is moved to a public demonstration on the stage of a Face faculty meeting. One of Beebe’s downtrodden students, Todd Whipple, is busily calculating whether he will fail out of college. A union vote for faculty and staff is looming. Rumors circulate about illegal sports betting, drug sales, and purchases of human eggs and organs. Above all these struggles, on the blacked-out ninth floor at the top of the Administration Silo and in secret from the rest of the campus, a large cadre of vice presidents are playing not-so-legal games with numbers, on behalf of Face’s ability to be “competitive” in a corporate sort of way. When the pro-union demonstrators stumble into this ninth-floor enclave, they can hardly believe the kind of casino they are witnessing.

 

Short Stories in Progress:

"Daddy Long Legs" is a story about a father and two daughters.

"Breaks" is a late-life story about senior body-surfing and its analogues.

"Pull Me Back In" is a story about a childhood accident.

 

Mariann Regan is working towards a book of short stories called Gyroscopes.