In 1796, a young English bricklayer named George Vason sailed to the South Pacific to become a missionary. He settled in the Kingdom of Tonga, but soon abandoned his faith and went native, getting... More > tattooed, marrying a 14-year-old princess, and operating a plantation. After civil war breaks out and some of the missionaries are killed, Vason eventually returns to England, where he wrote this book in 1810 as a warning to other young men proposing to become missionaries.< Less
In 1793, teenager Richard Cleveland of Salem became the captain of a ship and set off for Napoleonic Europe to make his fortune in shipping. In the next decades he circled the world many times,... More > giving rich descriptions of revolutionary Europe, China, India, South America, California, and Hawai'i. Illustrated and annotated.< Less
The true story of William Mariner, a 15-year-old English boy who was captured by the Tongans in 1806 and lived there for four years. Extensively researched and annotated. Includes a glossary,... More > bibliography, and appendices. Hardbound edition.< Less
Fourteen very unusual and diverse stories by Marin County author Brian K. Crawford. From the desert to the South Pacific, from the creation of life to a space-traveling future, from an intimate... More > conversation with a dead wife to the “loopy” nature of time, these stories will inspire thought and wonder and remain in your head long after you put the book down.< Less
Brian Crawford was a twenty-year-old hippie, hitch-hiking around the country and sampling every psychedelic experience he could find. One day in Boulder, Colorado, he met a mysterious stranger with... More > something new – peyote, the magic cactus.
With his girlfriend Elissa, the bizarre and paranoid Mike just returned from Vietnam, Sara the seductress, and fellow travelers Sean and Chris, he set off in a red 1947 Cadillac ambulance in an odyssey through the southwest in search of the places where peyote was rumored to grow. They found what they were looking for, and more.< Less
Ten stories on a variety of subjects, including:
E Pluribus Unum - A multi-generational starship approaches its destination. Is the crew ready to land on their new planet?
The Case of the Red... More > Herring - Dr Watson mentioned a Holmes case about a politician, a lighthouse, and a cormorant. Now the story can be told.
The House - A man brings his wife and son to see the house he grew up in.
The Luck of the Irish - three convicts escaped from Port Jackson colony are apprehended by a Royal Navy frigate.
The Classic - a young actress meets a young man who knows way too much about her.
The Old One - the last day of the last mammoth.
The Dreamer - a man drifts through a beautiful dream - but what is a dream?
Eternal Flame - a middle-aged man goes to a concert and sees his old college girlfriend - still twenty years old.
Coyote - an Indian medicine man confronts his apprentice who has gone astray.
Eight East - a young hippie, busted for drugs, spends a week on a mental ward.< Less