The Most Precious Commodity...A collection of SciFi short stories
By Brent Stark
The Most Precious Commodity Podcast is a collection of my short stories with the overriding theme being “time.” What do we do with it? How to keep it from moving too fast? What happens when we’ve run out? The stories include many different genres from sci-fi, to fictional history, to sports, and my own personal experiences. Thank you for visiting my podcast and sharing your most precious commodity with me, time! -Brent Stark
All the father wanted was sleep, precious sleep that had been eluding him and his wife for quite some time. Night after night, his three-year-old daughter would awaken them by crawling into their bed. The father felt desperate, so desperate in fact that he took a drastic measure...he hitched a ride on a time machine, the FEBN 2007, that could propel him into the future in hopes of more restful days, but would the father get what he hoped for or something less desirable? Please tune in to find out how this father spent his most precious commodity. All music is licensed under Epidemic Sound.
A marathon, nursing school, a tropical beach vacation, watching his daughter's dance recital, eating healthier...all would happen SOMEDAY, or at least that is what Dan planned. And he was correct, his SOMEDAY came one day, but it was much different than he could have ever expected. Please tune in to find out about his day that SOMEDAY came.
Mr. Bender, a Senior Vice President at a major medical supply company, made it standard practice to fire as many employees as H.R. would allow before the end of the year as a cost-saving measure. His goal was to cut just enough employees to save money, but not so many that production suffered. Every December, it was the same: fire and count the savings. And each year, he was getting more and more efficient at his "corporate game" until one day, his game changed thanks to an old wooden cross and the grace of an employee he once mercilessly fired.
All Beatrice ever wanted to do was be Santa Claus. She loved giving Christmas gifts, kept her own naughty and nice list, and even enrolled in North Pole University in hopes of becoming Santa someday. However, even the best-laid plans don't always come to fruition as right before graduation, Beatrice failed; sent home without direction or purpose. She was unemployed, broke, depressed, and sick. Her dreams of becoming a giver of Christmas magic was over....or was it? Make sure you tune in to this unique Christmas tale.
Imagine making a professional mistake so enormous that it stuck with you for your entire life. Imagine it even being mentioned in your obituary. That’s exactly what happened to Fred Snodgrass in 1912 when he dropped a fly ball to lose the World Series. Fortunately, his legacy still had a chance for redemption through an unlikely game between a boy and a dog....over 70 years later! If you like a good comeback story with a little SciFi twist, make sure you give this a listen
You may have heard that McDonald’s restaurants serve 68 million people per day? That’s a lot of people! However, have you heard of the one McDonald’s open only one day a year that does so much more than serve burgers and fries? If not, you will want to tune into this unique, family story of how one McDonald’s can magically turn alienation and confusion into community and peace just as simple as mixing a milkshake.
Miss Evans, a remarkable teacher, hated technology, and it hated her too. All platforms from programming to Smartboards to Google to even copiers were bent on her destruction, but why? What was the purpose? She was merely an elementary school teacher, or was she more? Perhaps, Evie, her former student can shed light on the issue and share her unique mission in the battle of humans vs. technology.
The Social War Between the Republics has torn a once united country into two. Families and friends are divided into borderless realms as depression, anger, and hate rule the land. One old author and one new writer separated by 70 years, and the chasm of eternity unite in the hope of doing the same for their country. Will it be enough, and will it happen in time?
This story was inspired by The Twilight Zone’s 1959 episode “Walking Distance.” Tune into what happens when a father and daughter set out on a day trip but end up taking a detour into the nostalgic realms of the past.
Did you know that in 1987 the Cleveland Indians were a dynasty, and Brent was their biggest fan? Statistical knowledge and a team wardrobe only carried him so far, especially when it came to relationships with females. However, it all changed on his 48th birthday with a puff of air to blow out his candles, enter Mandy. She was the perfect female, but what other ramifications happened because of that puff of air? The Indians a dynasty in 1987??? What??? My wife Mandy joins me this week in this romantic SciFi tale .
A tale for the overly nostalgic.....Pictures capture moments in time but can they also take one back into time? Michael is about to find out when he comes across an old white box of pictures. What happens when he opens the box? Make sure you tune in to find out!
The negativity in the world had burned Will out. He had to get away- his trail of choice, the Moonville Trail, hidden in southeastern Ohio. While on a hike, he meets four hikers that teach him valuable life lessons along the way. However, on this trip, he also learns his specific life purpose and how he can serve or... warn others. What lessons hide on the Moonville Trail?
It is coming! The streets, generally filled with the hustle and bustle of everyday activities, will be empty.
It is coming! The light of the day will diminish as darkness slowly extends to the far reaches of the earth.
It is coming! The air will feel heavy, dripping with a palpable sense of dread.
It is coming! People will grow increasingly depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed.
It is coming! The CRISIS will be here soon and unless humanity acts quickly, it’s existence in peril. Can we act in time?
If you happen to be in the Destin, Florida area and need a lift to the beach, make sure you call 854 Limo. Oh, and if you get a driver named Gabriel Messenger, it’s your lucky day. He always gives a good piece of advice...where to eat, what beaches to visit and....how to save others from peril. Be careful of the tides!
Bill has four missions to complete. He needs to make things right with those he loves. During each stop, he hears a faint, familiar voice asking him questions. What does the faint, familiar voice want? Where is it originating? Will he respond?
Bill and Linda loved their news. They ate, drank, and breathed it. However, a vacation, uncharged cellphones, a faulty car radio, and a flat tire leads them to an unplanned stop in a small town, not found on any maps called New Roanoke. Helpful residents and a spirit of collaboration immediately attract Bill and Linda to this quaint little town but will it remain that way, not if the Influxes Perniciosius have any say in the matter.
Three paranormal cases all tied to one ghost in three different locations. What does he want? What is he trying to say? Make sure you tune in to this unique story where things may not always be as they appear.
The Court of Youth is a magical place where one can rediscover their physical abilities of the past. But there is one major rule...Don’t tell anyone about it. What happens when some middle aged guys find the court? Will they keep quiet or will the rush of finding a magical place tempt them to tell others. Make sure you listen to find out and Don’t Tell Anyone!
Tim, Erica, and Pat, three grand prize winners, who, through good luck (or the bad luck) of the draw, are about to get an exclusive sneak peek into their future. They take vastly different routes following their visit to a cinema holding a particular contest called, “The Known.” Find out what happens when one can get a sneak peek into the future.
Brad is 49 years old and married with two high school children. By all accounts, he is living the good life, but he has an insatiable urge to go back in time to his younger days. A serum becomes available that will allow him to do just that, but at what cost will he sacrifice his present to obtain the serum, and will history be as good as he remembers?
Adam’s baseball is a tragic and triumphant tale about Adam Reynold’s who was the best player and coach the small town of Mapleton had ever seen. He always wanted to be a coach and not even the greatest obstacle of them all could get in the way of his dreams... thanks to an old, brown baseball.