Unnecessary Roughness by John H. Dromey

Assured of a flat, unobstructed landing surface, an alien species agreed to set their spacecraft down on the 50-yard line of a football stadium for first contact with Earthlings.

One-hundred-thousand spectators were present. The extraterrestrials were late.

“You gave them GPS coordinates?” an organizer asked an aide.

“Incompatible with their navigation system. I described nearby natural landmarks and explained how the stadium would appear as a large concave, circular object from the air.”

“Bet you told them ‘you can’t miss it.’”


“Well, they did. I just heard a flying saucer crash landed in central Florida in a massive sinkhole.”

John H. Dromey enjoys reading—mysteries especially—and writing in a variety of genres. He’s had short fiction published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery MagazineCrimson StreetsStupefying Stories Showcase, and elsewhere, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Chilling Horror Short Stories (Flame Tree Publishing, 2015).

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