I started writing in 1959, when I was 13 years old. All through middle school and high
school I wrote short stories, sent them off to various pulp magazines, and acquired a
massive and colorful collection of rejection slips. I attended Long Island University, in
Brooklyn, where I majored in Journalism and worked on the school newspaper.
While in college, myself and a like-minded posse of dangerous student activists produced a
science fiction semiprozine, “Perihelion,” which apparently has achieved legendary status
in the annals of speculative literary history. Mike Ashley has written extensively of it
in his authoritative Gateways to Forever. Rare copies have been sold on eBay for upwards
After college, I toiled for more than 20 years in the concrete insane asylum of New York
City editing and writing for a varied assortment of business, trade, and consumer
My published articles, essays, editorials, and magazines, if lined up end to end, would
stretch from here to New Jersey. I have waxed prosaic about everything from cryonic
suspension to solid wastes management. I have interviewed luminaries whom most people
wouldn’t consider luminaries — think, for example, old man Steinway of Steinway Piano
fame. I’ve been on the cutting edge of technology journalism during the advent of personal
computers, word processing (I helped coin and popularize that phrase, by the way) and
I also have an interesting second career as an author of crossword puzzle books. I’ve been
making puzzles professionally since 1979, when I broke into the business by placing my
first sale with the Sunday New York Times Magazine under then crossword puzzle editor, the
legendary Eugene T. Maleska.
I’ve recently authored Cool Crosswords for Kids, a book of 100 crossword puzzles designed
especially for children between the ages of 11 and 13. The puzzles span themes from
geography to dinosaurs to the kinds of “yucky” stuff kids of that age adore. The book,
published by Charlesbridge Press, aims to be both fun and educational. I’ve also authored
a book of entertainment-themed crosswords for Charlesbridge, and am currently working on
“Great Quotes,” a collection of 76 crosswords themed to humorous or pithy quotations.
When not making crosswords, I continue to write fiction and non-fiction. My recent novel,
"Yellow Glad Days," is available in both paperback and Kindle editions, published by
Today, I live in Rochester, New York, in a modest two-bedroom house with my black
labrador, Arana, and an impressive animated cartoon collection.
Visit the author website at:http://www.crossdown.com
Yellow Glad Days
(Sam Bellotto Jr.)
The Moralist Party has taken over the political reins of the country. A powerful coalition of minorities is demanding they be allowed to move to Alabama and secede from the United States. Former inmates of Oklahoma Federal Penitentiary are believed to possess the Bomb. Awakening from a nine year alternate reality, Astin W. Wench discovers that nothing has changed. With his two best friends, he attempts to get to the bottom of everything, put the nation back to rights, and find a really good cup of coffee. Part science fiction, part political satire, "Yellow Glad Days" dissects the meaning of happiness in an illogical world.
No. words: 61700
Style: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Available Formats: MOBI EPUB MS Word PDF MS Reader RTF
Product type: EBook
Published: 8 / 2020
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