Giant Dreams and Dragons


Fiction - Science Fiction
29 Pages
Reviewed on 10/14/2015
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Author Biography

I'm a deaf person who likes to write stories. Actually, I prefer telling stories in American Sign Language (ASL) but not everyone understands it. For me, storytelling is storytelling so writing stories gives me much pleasure. My hope is readers get pleasure from what I've written. Especially children because I like to think I never lost the wonder of being a child. I'm not focused on any specific genre so my stories range from stories for children, to science fiction and religious based stories. I hold a bachelor degree from Gallaudet University and a masters degree from California State University of Northridge. I used to teach Deaf high school students before teaching college students full time in the last two decades of my career. I'm married to a really cool woman who was also my Gallaudet University classmate during my time there. My non-writing activities include cooking, fishing, playing with my youngest grandkids, and experimenting with applying computer software to educational purpose

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

“Why should a man of my intelligence do lab tests for colleagues who were obviously inferior? How absurd! But university politics and lack of independent funding to pursue my project dictated this reality. Nonetheless, I figured out a way around that.”

Giant Dreams and Dragons by James Womack is a simple short story that would delight fans of sci-fi fantasy. Professor Buford Doss, or ‘Dr. Nobody’ to his estranged colleagues, never gets the recognition that he feels he truly deserves. However, Doss has a grand plan to fix that. He takes a six-week break from the faculty and heads off to a secluded cabin in Kings Canyon National Forest. There, he works on his dinosaur bio-engineering project that may or may not be his undoing.

Womack’s story is definitely reminiscent of the Jurassic Park movies. The narrative is written like a journal of the lead character, Doss. As in the movies, there’s an issue of ethics here, whether people should play God with nature using advanced technologies. The premise and plot are definitely thought provoking. Doss’s ambition is undoubtedly admirable as a scientist, but his ambition is a dangerous obsession, where Doss preposterously disregards the consequences. In other words, Doss is quite the mad scientist. The ending provides a great lesson, as the character Doss himself stated, “Miracles aren’t necessarily blessings.” I feel sorry for Jerry Penn, the ranger who’s unwillingly got himself involved in Doss’s project. All in all, Giant Dreams and Dragons is a fast-paced and enjoyable short read.