“The Adventure of the Other Detective” — Bradley H. Sinor

Bradley H. Sinor’s latest short story collection, Echoes from the Darkness, which he describes as “Urban Noir Fantasy,” is just out from Arctic Wolf Publishing. He has new stories forthcoming in the anthologies Shelter of Daylight, GrantvilleGazette V, and Space Grunts (co-written with his wife, Sue). In all, he has published more than seventy short stories in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery fields. He is also the author of more than two hundred and fifty articles appearing in magazines, newspapers, and essay anthologies.

“There but for the grace of God go I,” said John Bradford, in humble acknowledgment of the role of chance and circumstance in human affairs. We can’t help thinking about how things could have been different. If you hadn’t gone to that party, you wouldn’t have met your spouse. If you hadn’t left your house at that exact moment, you wouldn’t have been in that accident. It can get pretty mind-boggling to consider how many things had to happen exactly the way they did since the beginning of the universe in order for you to have been born at all. Science fiction has a long tradition of exploring the notion of alternate worlds, especially since the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics suggested that any universe that can exist does exist, somewhere. If we were to shuffle through our possible lives as we shuffle the cards of a deck, we would see lovers become strangers, strangers become lovers, children vanish and other children take their place. We would see houses, apartments, cars, pets flicker by in endless permutations. We would see good men turned vile, and wicked men become heroes. There but for the grace of God go I.