Short Fiction and Poetry

Teleplays & Screenplays

Games and Novels

Wind (May 2010)

A precision short story of exactly 250 words about a person of unspecified gender who may be losing losing his/her mind.

I submitted Wind to Mad Wife Productions' Mad Wife Productions Fellowship in which they request Horror/Thiller feature screenplays, treatments and even concepts. I admitted in my cover letter that a 250-word short story didn't give them much to work with, but "Wind" was still a QuarterFinalist!


Dream cover

Nowhere to Go (May 2010)

A haiku cycle about a coyote with nowhere to go in winter.

I guess I ought to take down the "Read Poem - $0.25 via PayPal" button as Nowhere to Go can be read for free at: festival for poetry
But not only can you read it there, you listen to it read by a professional actor by the name of Val Cole! How cool is that?


Nowhere to Go - nine cloud journal cover

Vanessa (March 2017)

Vanessa is a gothic vampire story about a man in existential fear that his lover, who he was unable to protect from a vampire, will return and damn him to an eternity as something that should not exist in God's creation.



Ocotober 2018 Havok Magazine Cover

Izzy Tells No Lies (March 2014)

What I call a "Catholic Fantasy"--Izzy Tells No Lies is about a transgendered homeless woman who regularly brings prophecies that always come true to a Catholic priest and the restoration of the priest's faith.



Alternative Theologies cover


February 2018 Fantasia Divinity cover

Angel of Death (August 2012)

In cold blood, a woman kills the drug addict who murdered her boyfriend during a botched robbery and to relearn compassion is required to act as an Angel of Death.



Out of the World - The Best Short Stories from The MOON - Volume 1 (2013 - 2109) cover
Moon Magazine - January 2018

Clouds (September 2012)

A science fiction piece in which colonists from an Earth that is tearing itself apart must make the terrible decision of who will survive on the planet they had hoped to make their home: them or the natives.



Anthology Askew, Vol 6 - Askew Horizons - August 2018

Beyond the Door (April 2018)

Cuckoo Clock
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I have moved Beyond the Door out of chrological order (by the date I started working on the project) because it has been OPTIONED! MJ Palo of Mad Wife Productions has optioned the script and we will be filming Beyond the Door in late-2022 or early-2023!

A ten-page adaptation of Philip K Dick's short story of the same name published in the January 1954 issue of Fantastic Universe that I wrote for Aaron Sorkin's MasterClass on television writing.

When a man buys a cuckoo clock for his wife, he discovers that there is more behind the cuckoo's door than just the cuckoo.



Michael is Coming (March 2021)

Archangel Michael/
An adaptation of my short story "Izzy Tells No Lies".

Angel of Death (January 2021)

Angel of Death - artwork copyright Anne Stokes/
An adaptation of my short story "Angel of Death".



Powers & Glory (May 2020)

Belphegor - Prince of Hell/
A rookie Narcotics Detective who feels betrayed by the Church and who is determined to rid New Orleans of the heroin that killed his mother is assigned to an equally determined veteran Detective who is secretly an angel of the Order of Powers, killed during a drug bust, resurrected, and the two are tasked by the Archangel Gabriel to find a Prince of Hell who has escaped the Pit.




Supernatural: Lucky and Gabbie (September 2018)

Lucky - Andrew Rothenberg/
Written as a one-hour backdoor pilot for Supernatural.

Investigating the deaths of several wealthy women, Sam and Dean discover Lucky of "All Dogs Go to Heaven" and his partner Gabbie, a witch, are working the case from a different angle. But can the Boys, a skin-walker and a witch put down the incubus responsible for the deaths of the wealthy women and several prostitutes before it kills again?




Project Ωmega (April 2014)

Crucifix over the Hanged Man tarot card
An original one-hour "Catholic fantasy"/procedural pilot teleplay

A Catholic retired U.S. Army colonel must deal with memories of his son's ritualistic murder and wife's suicide, as he, his brilliant experimental psychologist daughter, and a charismatic expert in the occult debunk paranormalists, search for the reason that his son was killed, and prevent the angel who guards Sheol from bringing about the End of Days.








Star Trek: The Next Generation:
A Sense of Purpose (December 1993)

Star Trek: The Next Generation Daedalus Class Starship
A one-hour spec teleplay
Unproduced as all episodes for the 7th and final season had already been broken
The Enterprise encounters a Star Fleet vessel, which was reported lost while investigating a wormhole over 200 years ago, and whose captain thinks his crew's sense of purpose is the only thing maintaining their ghostly existence.



Star Trek: The Next Generation:
veStaHneSwI'a' (July 1991)

Klingon trifold emblem
A one-hour spec teleplay
Unproduced
While investigating a trinary star system in what was once Klingon territory, the crew of the Enterprise discovers a planet inhabited by a group of Klingons, forgotten since the last war between the Klingons and Federation, who epitomize the Klingon Warrior Philosophy.



Star Trek: The Next Generation:
To Better the Instruction (August 1990)

Star Trek: The Next Generation Communications Panel
A one-hour spec teleplay
Unproduced
Alien colonists whose terraforming colony is destroyed by alien raiders commandeer the Enterprise using their advanced, telepathic computer. And while Picard struggles to wrest control of the Enterprise from the colonists' computer, Riker strives to help Deanna overcome its control over her own mind.



Star Trek: The Next Generation:
Yellow Alert (August 1990)

Star Trek: The Next Generation Holodeck Door
A one-hour spec teleplay
Unproduced
During a prolonged and stressful mission to monitor the ignition of a protostar from a stellar nebula, Wesley developes a psychological addiction to a holodeck program some of the more gifted children on the Enterprise have written.


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A Boy and His Dog (May 2019)


A Boy and His Dog Cover
The year is 2024. 17 years ago, World War IV, which lasted all of 5 days, laid nuclear waste to the world.
You are a Solo: a wandering survivor eking out a solitary existence in what was once Arizona. But you've heard tales of Solos that are not lonely, who have a companion, a dog, a telepathic dog, with whom they share their lives and who helps them find food and shelter in the radioactive wasteland that Arizona has become.
Your goal is to survive in the radioactive environment and unpredictable weather, defend yourself against all manner of threats, find water and food, and find such a dog and convince him or her to be your companion.

To read/see almost everything you could possibly want to know about "A Boy and His Dog", click here.
This game is based on Harlan Ellison's
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short stories:
A Boy and His Dog" (1969)
"Vic and Blood" (2003)
"Eggsucker" (2018)
"Run, Spot, Run" (2018)
Harlan Ellison's
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works can be found at:
www.amazon.com/-/e/B000APZU8C

Timeloop Trilogy: Book 1 - The Loops of Time

35,184 words
P James Norris drawing of timeloops with a spaceship
In 2189 Samuel serves as a linguist onboard a United Earth Survey vessel after losing the ability to do theoretical physics due to a brain injury in a lab accident that also killed his wife two years ago. When he is kidnapped by aliens who want him to entreat a God unaware of and unconcerned with Its creation to save them, Samuel learns the true nature of time and slowly regains his cognitive abilities. But using his newfound knowledge and recovered faculties, will he be able to travel back in time to save his wife?

The Order of the Brotherhood


12,703 words
monastary with crops growing in the foreground
The year is 2042 and Ishmael Brown, himself an ex-convict, is the Warden of an independent and self-sufficient prison in a post-apocalyptic Illinois, but he prefers the title Abbot of the Brotherhood, as the inmates refer to themselves. When National Guardsmen, on orders from the autocratic Mayor of Peoria, arrive and demand that the Brotherhood accept new inmates and teach the people of Peoria how to survive in a technology-less world, Ishmael must decide if he will acquiesce or refuse. Either way, Ishmael must fight forces within and outside the Brotherhood bent on destroying the rational democracy the Brotherhood has so carefully crafted for themselves.

The Djinn War Trilogy: Book 1 - A Broken Ruh


10,875 words
a Middle Eastern warrior/wizard
The year is 2013 and Afghanistan-War veteran Greg aimlessly wanders the Appalachian Hills trying to regain his moral compass. When he is magically transported to Ramja-Sul, a sultanate much like medieval Afghanistan, he finds himself thrust into a political and martial conflict between Ramja-Sul and a neighboring Sultanate, the Sultan of which is covertly controlled by Djinn who are thought to be mythical. Can Greg maintain his moral autonomy, or will he be forced to make himself vulnerable to the magic of Ramja-Sul to save the woman he comes to love?

A Desolate Habitation


5,429 words
monastary with grops growing in the foreground
Since his suicide after betraying Christ, Judas has repeatedly reincarnated after each death. During each life, on the nights of the days of his life that he died, he dreams of his past deaths. In this life in 2018, he is a lawyer seeking justice for nuns sexually abused by priests of the Catholic Church--throughout the 2,000 years of his lives, he has fought against injustices perpetrated by the Church--often leading to his deaths. But unlike during his previous lives, the dreams now speak to him of undeniable realities, and he seeks counseling to understand them. Through past-life regression, he learns that he was once Judas, and that he must forgive himself for his necessary and pre-ordained betrayal of Christ in order to be admitted to Heaven.

In the Light of the Morning Sun


4,120 words
angel dominates vampire
The angel Hadziel befriends young Johnny, who will, should he die of "unnatural" causes after puberty, become a vampire. Johnny grows to want nothing but to be like his older brother Tommy, who is popular and athletic, and on a dare, drowns after jumping off a reservoir and becomes a vampire. Hadziel teaches Johnny how to disguise his vampirism and to survive without preying on humans, for if he should ever do so, Hadziel will send him to Hell. As Johnny begins to eclipse Tommy as an athlete, Tommy grows jealous. Tommy is drafted to go fight in Viet Nam, and upon being medically discharged for a wound suffered in battle, returns home bitter, and decides to kill Johnny when he learns his high school sweetheart has fallen for Johnny. Will Johnny find a way to survive without draining his brother and damning himself to Hell?

Which novel do you think I should focus on?
Timeloop Trilogy: Book 1 - The Loops of Time
The Order of the Brotherhood
The Djinn War Trilogy: Book 1 - A Broken Ruh
A Desolate Habitation
In the Light of the Morning Sun





Academic Writings

  1. The Promise of Roberts' "Measurability Account of Laws", P James Norris, Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (2), 117-128, 2008.
  2. Empirical Investigation of Extreme Single-Particle Behavior of Nuclear Quadrupole Moments in Highly Collective A, Clark, S. T., et al, Physical Review Letters 87(17), 22 October 2001.
  3. Forward rapidity results from RHIC, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, B Budick, H Bøggild, C Chasman, ..., Revista mexicana de física 52, 112-118, 2006.
  4. Charged Meson Rapidity Distributions in Central Collisions at Au + Au Collisions at SNN = 200GeV, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, B Budick, H Bøggild, C Chasman, ..., Physical review letters 94 (16), 162301, 2005.
  5. Forward and midrapidity like-particle ratios from p+p collisions at SNN = 200GeV, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, B Budick, H Bøggild, C Chasman, ..., Physics Letters B 607 (1-2), 42-50, 2005.
  6. Nuclear Stopping in Au + Au Collisions at SNN = 200GeV, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, B Budick, H Bøggild, C Chasman, ..., Physical review letters 93 (10), 102301, 2004.
  7. High pT results for Au+Au collisions at SNN = 200GeV, I Arsene, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, B Budick, H Bøggild, ..., The European Physical Journal C-Particles and Fields 33 (1), s603-s605, 2004
  8. Strangeness production in SNN = 200GeV Au+Au collisions at RHIC, I Arsene, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, B Budick, H Bøggild, ..., The European Physical Journal C-Particles and Fields 33 (1), s624-s626, 2004
  9. The new physics at RHIC. From transparency to high pT suppression, JJ Gaardhoeje, I Arsene, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, B Budick, ..., Nuclear Physics a 734, 13-27, 2004
  10. High pT hadron spectra at high rapidity, I Arsene, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, B Budick, H Boggild, ..., 2004.
  11. High pT results for Au+Au collisions at SNN = 200 GeV, I Arsene, IG Bearden, H Bøggild, C Besliu, CH Christensen, ..., European Physical Journal C 33, 605-605, 2004.
  12. Rapidity dependent strangeness measurements in BRAHMS experiment at RHIC, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, B Budick, H Boggild, C Chasman, ..., Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics 30, 585-592, 2004.
  13. Nuclear stopping in Au+Au collisions at SNN = 200 GeV, H Ito, EJ Kim, MJ Murray, J Norris, SJ Sanders, American Physical Society, 2004.
  14. Rapidity dependent strangeness measurements in BRAHMS experiment at RHIC, JH Lee, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, B Budick, H Bøggild, C Chasman, ..., Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics 30 (1), S85, 2003.
  15. Transverse-Momentum Spectra in Au+Au and d+Au Collisions at SNN = 200 GeV and the Pseudorapidity Dependence of High- pT Suppression, I Arsene, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, B Budick, H Bøggild, ..., Physical Review Letters 91 (7), 2003.
  16. Results from the BRAHMS experiment at RHIC, D Röhrich, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, Y Blyakhman, J Brzychczyk, ..., Nuclear Physics B-Proceedings Supplements 117, 80-82, 2003.
  17. Rapidity Dependence of Charged Antihadron to Hadron Ratios in Au+Au Collisions at SNN = 200 GeV, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, Y Blyakhman, B Budick, H Bøggild, ..., Physical Review Letters 90 (10), 102301, 2003.
  18. Transverse-momentum spectra in Au+Au and d+Au collisions at SNN = 200 GeV and the pseudorapidity dependence of high-pT suppression, H Ito, MJ Murray, B Neumann, J Norris, SJ Sanders, American Physical Society, 2003.
  19. The BRAHMS experiment at the relativistic heavy ion collider, YK Lee, IG Bearden, D Beavis, ..., Journal of the Korean Physical Society 43 (Suppl), S27-S31, 2003.
  20. Rapidity Dependence of charged particle yields for Au+Au at SNN = 200 GeV, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, Y Blyakhman, B Budick, H Boggild, ..., Nuclear Physics A 715, 478c-481c, 2002.
  21. From y= 0 to y= 3: Recent results from BRAHMS, P Zavada, D Beavis, C Besliu, Y Blyakhman, B Budick, H Boggild, ..., 2002
  22. Rapidity dependent net-proton yields in Au+Au at SNN = 200 GeV, JH Lee, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, Y Blyakhman, B Budick, ..., , 2002
  23. Pseudorapidity Distributions of Charged Particles From Au+ Au Collisions at the Maximum RHIC Energy, SNN = 200 GeV, IG Bearden, D Beavis, C Besliu, Y Blyakhman, B Budick, H Bøggild, ..., Physical review letters 88 (20), 202301, 2002.
  24. Pseudorapidity distributions of charged particles from Au+Au collisions at the maximum RHIC energy, SNN = 200 GeV, Ito, J Norris, SJ Sanders, Ameircan Physical Society, 2002.
  25. Current Sensor for the Silicon Strip Detector's at BRAHMS, J. Norris, T. Sobering, S Sanders, 15 March 2001
  26. A Measurement of BR(DS+f0(980)π±)BR(DS+Φ(1020)π±)˙BR(f0(980)K+K)BR(Φ(1020)K+K+), P James Norris, Kansas State University, 1996.
  27. In-beam tests of a ring imaging Cherenkov detector with a multianode photomultiplier readout, R Debbe, S Gushue, B Moskowitz, J Norris, J Olness, F Videbaek, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators …, 15, 1995.
  28. BRAHMS MRS Threshold Cherenkov Proposal, R Debbe, H Ito, M Murray, J Norris, SJ Sanders.
  29. Fragmentation of CH4 caused by fast-proton impact, Ben-Itzhak, I., et al, Physical Review A May 1993
  30. Direct Determination of recoil ion detection efficiency for coincidence time-of-flight of molecular ragmentation.jpg, Ben-Itzhak, I., et al, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 79(1-4), 138-141, June 1993.
  31. Velocity dependence of ionization and fragmentation of methane caused by fast-proton impact, I. Ben-Itzhak, K. D. Carnes, D. T. Johnson, P. J. Norris, and O. L. Weaver, PHYSICAL REVIEW A 49(2) February 1994.