Table of Contents:
Notes on writing short stories and the ideas behind this chess-themed collection.
Queen of the Chess Cult
The search for a beautiful queen who presides over a cult with a sacred book listing the moves of the perfect chess game.
Falling from the sky are snowflakes like chess pieces.
A Wasted Life
A man gives up chess but is continually reminded of it to his chagrin.
A sunny day at a lake house reclining in beach chairs with chess, sandwiches, beer, and a pretty girl.
The Chess Plague
A mysterious plague devastates a town and especially its chess players.
A Bowl of Stew
A man and woman enter a cafe and discuss their personal interests while waiting for their dishes to arrive.
City of a Thousand Chess Clubs
A town with many unusual chess clubs unlike anywhere else.
A Dimly-Lighted Cafe
An old man waits vainly for chess opponents at a cafe.
A Legacy for Jim Zorn
A chess player from the 1970s dies in a small Ohio town and the locals recollect what they knew about him.
The Prisoner's Tale
Terrorists capture a prisoner who explains his life story to his cellmate using chess pieces instead of words.
The Screaming Cry of the Chessbird
A giant bird terrorizes a metropolis.
Friends unwrap gifts at a Christmas dinner.
The Infinite Chessboard
This world is a chessboard whose squares change in size, number, and color.