A dentist divorces his wife to be with his receptionist. The wife takes it poorly, to his surprise, and places a curse on him. The rest of the story is the unraveling of his relationship with his second wife.
The story is about an aging man who experienced alien visits several years prior. He claims to have been visited by a particular alien named Bob Solomon several times. Bob cleared up problems with his lumbago and other ailments using his healing light.
When we catch up with the narrator, he’s being visited by a pushy young girl from an alien encounter magazine, who’s been following up with old timers who once claimed they were visited.
The author does a fantastic job with keeping the narrator true to his identity as someone who experienced a sighting. Several things happen through the course of the story that help pull us into the reality of this person’s experience. Several times we’re left wondering if it was real at all, but in the end the biggest shock of all comes.
The characterization was excellent, especially for a sci-fi story. But, really, there wasn’t much sci-fi in the tale. It was really the human condition, curiosity, experience, perception, ambition, and grace. I enjoyed it.
A story about a man with little time left to live. He’s got cancer and his wife and he have tried every treatment possible. They’re beyond that now. She asks him where to next, so he decides to visit Mammoth Cave. His experience in the cave brings to light death and what it means to all of us.