Richard H. Durisen

Let There Be, Flash Fiction, Issue 44, September 2018

I am a retired Professor of Astronomy at Indiana University's Bloomington campus with over 100 refereed scientific publications. Since retirement in the summer of 2010, after family, friends, and travel, I have devoted most of my free time to creative writing, including poetry and short stories. I have had flash pieces published by “713 Flash” (Kazka Press), “Brilliant Flash Fiction”, “Disturbed Digest”, and now "New Myths". Longer stories have been published in "The Ryder", a local Bloomington magazine, and in the anthologies “Witches” (Wildside Press 2017) and “Into Darkness Peering” (Alban Lake Press 2017). My poetry has appeared in “Disturbed Digest”, “Illumen”, “FrostFire Worlds”, “Space and Time”, and “Poetry Quarterly”. I am an active member of a local writers group called Our Writing League and have given public readings of poetry and fiction in Bloomington and elsewhere. I have a website dedicated to my published work called

Get to Know Richard:

Birthdate? 1946

When did you start writing? High School

When and what and where did you first get published? Discounting a few small publications in my twenties, the first publication in my retirement writing career was a poem in the September 2013 issue of Disturbed Digest called "Box".

Why do you write? I like sharing my bizarre imagination.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? Those are the kinds of stories that come to me.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? "Star Maker" by Olaf Stapeldon.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Just imagine!

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? Just Imagine!

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