“From the jingle jangle of a sexy one-eyed alien to the return of a very famous President, it’s all happening here, on the farm. With humor and imagination, sci-fi master Phil Temples has created a cast of characters who are downright loveable in their interest in and acceptance of travelers from other galaxies. There’s a refreshingly honest American spirit here; a come on in and set yerself down attitude that renews one’s faith in the country folk we usually make fun of (Temples’ ire is reserved for earthly visitors, those obnoxious gawking paparazzi types.) This modest collection of funny, sweetly-insightful stories is just plain fun.”
—Boston Literary Magazine
“’We may be country hicks, but we’re not stupid,’ says one of the characters in Phil Temples’ Down On The Farm. The hicks may be smarter than so-called experts.
Temples’ characters live in fly-over country, a reference to how coastal elites refer to middle and rural America. Despite dropping their g’s at the end of verbs, Temples’ hicks show common sense, if not wisdom, in dealing with any challenge, be it buckyballs, nightmares or aliens. These aliens are not like those of H.G. Wells out to conquer our planet, or the ones Sigourney Weaver battled in space. Temples’ aliens are closer to the benign ET, the Extra-Terrestrial.”
—Len Abram, author of Debris, A Novel of Love, War and the Lusitania and Empty Doorways
“Phil Temples’ new chapbook, Down On The Farm, Spacey Tales from Flyover Country, is a rural riot. America’s heartland, Temples convinces the reader, is a hotbed of alien activity, a place where, for example, a cow might give birth to a green half-alien infant.
Farming women figure prominently in these stories: one communicates subliminally with tiny space creatures; another has a love affair with a squid-like visitor from the cosmos. A wife “dreams” a living, breathing Abraham Lincoln into existence in the farmstead’s cistern.
As sharp-witted as these oft-ironic tales are, Temples endows his characters with a relaxed, homespun charm that belies the strangeness of their encounters. I encourage you to check them out.
—Gregory J. Wolos, author of Women of
Consequence and The Green Ray and Other Stories