Stephen Measure

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When a magical baker recommends you go elsewhere for your same-sex wedding cake, it's best to take her advice.

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A character inside a writer's mind, Natasha has been waiting patiently to be put into a story, but when she is infected by the writer's growing dementia, she can't wait any longer and has to take matters into her own hands. With the help of Alter-Simon, a discarded draft of one of the writer's characters, she must find her way into a story before the writer's dementia makes her vanish forever.

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Paul has slept with dozens of girls at his high school, but it’s the person he keeps rejecting that gets him in trouble.

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You awake from a coma to find the world strangely altered yet everyone pretending that nothing has changed. Do you pretend with the rest and try to fit in, or do you stand for reality and face social ostracism?

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


The foolish assumptions of our society are portrayed through a short satire where a gardener takes advice from a garden gnome.

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The planner takes pride in the perfect equality he has achieved among those under his care. Whenever reality intrudes and upsets that balance, he responds promptly, efficiently, and (if necessary) brutally because, to him, it is better for all to have none than for some to have more.

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


When Abby visits her friend Sheryl, she is surprised to find the town devoid of oxygen and even more surprised to learn the reason.

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


Johnny-boy is excited to have his mother finally teach him his colors until he learns he must choose between telling her the truth he sees or the untruth she wants to hear.

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


An old parable, full of wisdom, is corrupted by the foolishness of modern-day politics.

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


The golem was created to defeat the skinheads. But when it is summoned against an innocent preacher, Armando realizes it must be destroyed.

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


It's love at first sight when Melvin sees an attractive protester, a black-and-white keffiyeh wrapped around her neck; and the next moment he finds himself in the midst of the protest, speaking some sort of truth to some sort of power, all thought of gainful employment cast aside in favor of a life of unending agitation against the current moment's outrage. Except … Melvin might not be exactly cut out for this protest stuff.

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


Jeffrey, a BYU graduate student, is sent to deliver a blunt message from BYU to the Northeast Accreditation Commission, where he is introduced to the bizarre world of progressive academia with its fixation about privilege and its perpetual outrage over perceived offenses.

One thing is clear: Everyone has a religion, and those who claim they don't are often among the fiercest of zealots.

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


As the Statue of Liberty's order passes from judge to judge, it begins to resemble less and less what she originally intended.

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


A mutated kitten, magical dust, and a machete: What better way to explain how same-sex marriage has been beating common sense in the courtroom.

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


A man's memories must deal with his brother's rejection of reality.

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


His first day at a new school, Winston discovers there's something very wrong with his classmates when they attack him for refusing to pretend their mascot is something it is not.

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Mother Nature is taken to court for being heterosexist. But will we be pleased with the imposed remedy?

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


Like many Mormons in California, Michael and his wife, Kate, are asked to support Proposition 8. Michael has no problem with this request—same-sex marriage makes no sense to him. But after Proposition 8 prevails at the ballot box, same-sex marriage activists explode in anger. They target the list of Proposition 8 donors and ramp up their campaign to demonize all opposition, leaving Michael and Kate to suffer the consequences.

“What did they think would happen after they labeled us as bigots? How did they expect others to treat us?”

Included in the short story collection "The Wrong Sort of Stories"


Tolan must rescue his sisters from the shades who slaughtered his family, but he cannot save them without first finding an honorable man upon the mountain.

A story from The Unshut World.

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Part of "The Ridge of Earth Collection"


Sherwyn and his brother toil to earn the brideprice Sherwyn needs in order to marry the woman he loves. But the nobles have their hearts set on owning the village, and they have no intention of letting any man remain free.

A story from The Unshut World.

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Part of "The Ridge of Earth Collection"


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