WHAT IF? A COLLECTION OF SHORT FICTION BY J. PAUL COOPER includes both previously published and new short stories by the author.
"The Equation" is a story about a university professor who is targeted by an alien race because he discovers a working model of the light speed equation. "How Jason and George Saved the Earth" describes how a couple of drunk university students save the Earth from enslavement by an alien fleet, and have no idea what they have accomplished. "The Dinner Guest" tells of how a famous chef finds himself on the menu. "Erlok's Problem" describes how a student on a distant planet transports dangerous mining equipment to a teenager's birthday party. In "The Cold Climate Tourism Assignment," an alien is tasked with trying to determine if Canada is a good place for inter-galactic tourists to visit. "The National Resource Allocation Protocol" considers how dangerous it may be to allow artificial intelligence to make important decsions for humans.
"A Singed Tail on Christmas Eve" tells the story of a fighther pilot who has a life changing encounter, after almost shooting down Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve.In "The Poodle and the Golfer," an accountant finds his life threatened, because he hurts the paw of a dog that belongs to the wife of a crime boss.