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Sleep always takes Jack by surprise now that he’s turned fifty. His legs can’t find a comfortable spot, his mind won’t turn off, he doesn’t feel as tired as he did a minute ago, but when he’s about to give it up—Pop! He’s in a brand new world.
Somewhere he doesn’t recognize.
Somewhere things sneak up on him.
Like the final exam for a college class he never attended.
Like standing in a crowded room where no one notices his pants are missing.
Like the most sexually exciting thing in the world that isn’t really sex at all. Not quite anyway.
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John Biggs is originally from Illinois, but moved to Oklahoma after a stent in the U.S. Public Health Service in 1975. He divided his time between practicing dentistry and teaching at the OU College of Dentistry until he retired from education in 2001 and stated devoting several days a week to writing. He published his first story in a regional literary magazine, “Red Dirt Anthologies” in 2005 and quickly became addicted. Since then he’s published about twenty pieces of short fiction on line, in small circulation magazines, and in anthologies. In 2011 his story, “Boy Witch” won the grand prize in the annual Writer’s Digest competition and his story, “Soul Kisses” won third prize in the annual Lorian Hemingway short story competition. In 2012 his short story collection “Quantum Entanglement” was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award, his short story, “Twenty Percent Off” won the Creme de la Creme award at the annual Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc. conference, and his story, “Footprints” won the People’s Choice Award in the 2nd quarter edition of the Storyteller magazine. John’s first novel, OWL DREAMS, is under contract with Pen-L Publishing and will be coming out in the later part of 2013.