Talos Fan Fiction Contest WINNER – Man of Tomorrow

Note from Doc Talos author and contest judge R. Paul Sardanas: There was always something special about Doc’s small humanitarian gestures. The globe-spanning adventures were breathtaking, but he would also never fail to take the time for simple acts of caring. The recipient in Don Murphy’s tale of a very different Maximus the World’s Fair Goblin is an unexpected one, but all the more touching for that.

Comment from author Don Murphy: With realism part of the literary tone in Doc Talos stories, I wondered what it would look like if I grounded the characters from the original World’s Fair Goblin in more of a hardscrabble Depression viewpoint. Max Booker is based on a gentleman I actually knew, who suffered, not from gigantism, but muscular dystrophy. He liked to pretend he was a tough guy, but his true toughness was in a stoic cheerfulness and quiet personal courage.

Additional Note: If you are interested in submitting fiction to the Summer 2021 contest (first prize is a Bantam Doc Savage paperback Czar of Fear first edition, signed by James Bama) you can read the contest guidelines HERE.

4 thoughts on “Talos Fan Fiction Contest WINNER – Man of Tomorrow

  1. This was sooooo well written. It actually made me tear up a little, at Doc’s “It’s the kind of thing I do.” Thank you for sharing this, Don.


    1. Thank you Daryl Morrissey! I just read your own entry in the contest, and totally enjoyed your take on Bill/Johnny. It’s really gratifying that you had an emotional response to “Man of Tomorrow”…that’s what any writer truly hopes for, I think, especially to touch a fellow writer. You have my sincere gratitude!


  2. Congratulation Don ! You Posted your entry after mine. After i read it i knew that i had no chance of winning this contest. it’s a really touching story and show’s the man instead of the Super- man .


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