Harley L. Sachs
That's me, Professor Emeritus Harley l. Sachs before my wife saw the beard and asked me to shave it off.
First a disclaimer: This is my personal, non-commercial, do it yourself web page. You cannot purchase anything here, but there are some links to places where you may order books in various formats (If I can get them to work!). I
I an old freelance writer and author of many books, short stories, articles, and newspaper columns. Just to make this web page a bit more accessible, if it works here's a link to my catalog. There's no need to purchase any of my books yourself. Even if you wanted to, few bookstores stock them. You have to order them from me or go on line. Better yet: ask your local librarian to add them to their holdings. Then you can read them for free! Such a deal! Or you might find them on interlibrary loan. If every library in the country stocked them I'd be a best seller!
news: Amazon's Kindle library now offers ebook
downloads of a number of my books, including the latest: "Betrayal"
which draws on my experience working under cover in
“Betrayal” is the prequel to “Retribution” in which Irwin Glass discovers the KGB actually did open an account in his name and Katya’s at the Riggs Bank in Washington, DC and he is being dunned by the IRS for taxes on the interest, which is considerable since the sum is so huge. Thinking that if he moves the money out of the account his missing Russian daughter Katya will be forced to contact him, he shifts it to a different account. His fiancée warns him that it is not his money, that he is in fact laundering it, and the people whose money it is will come after him. Sure enough, he is called to Washington to help in the interrogation of Vladimir Putinsky who is asking for political asylum. Things get hotter and hotter but we still do not know if Katya is really his daughter or a KGB plant. Keep reading this Irwin Glass series. Both books are combined in a double volume at Amazon’s Kindle library, also on the B&N Nook library, and at www.lulu.com where downloads and custom printed hard copies can be ordered.
This has been a productive year. In addition to “Retribution” I released more books: “The 1957 Sachs Arctic Expedition” about my hitchhiking adventure from Stockholm, Sweden to North Cape in Norway, a collection of previously published columns titled “Yooper Tales and other funny stuff” and released the previously private memoir of our honeymoon, “From Tent To Castgle: Memoir of a Year Long Honeymoon.” It follows the newly wed Sachses on their one speed junk bicycle across Europe, living in a tent in the rain, and ending up at Borthwick Castle. Ulla says it is not our honeymoon, but Harley’s and Ulla went along. She kept a secret journal, but won’t insert it into the text tpo give her side of the story.
We are leaving the Copper Country, having sold our Houghton home, and probably will not return. Look for my books at Amazon.com. The downloads are price for the impulse buyer, as low as $3.00.
In the summer of 2009, after a long and sometimes testy wrangle, I recovered the rights to my book of nautical humor, Irma Quarterdeck Reports. I still have copies of the first edition for sale with the charming Peter Wells illustrations. But Mr. Wells died and rather than struggle with the heirs for permission to reprint the original illustrations, I updated the book with illustrations of my own and added a collection of sea shanties in the public domain. The new version is called Ahoy! Quarterdeck! with sea shanty supplement is available as an ebook from Amazon's Kindle library and as both an ebook and a paperback from the on line printer www.lulu.com. I also issued a collection of almost a hundred cartoons I did for the US Navy, also in the Kindle library and at lulu.com as Hunting the Mail Buoy and other hazards to navigation
The lulu edition of Ahoy! Quarterdeck! overprints the title and author on this illustration.
This is the new cover for Conspiracy released this year by Zumaya.com as a paperback and ebook for the B&N Nook library. It's to followed by a new edition of A Troll for Christmas. Zumaya publications let Ben Zakkai's Coffin go out of print, returned the rights to e, so we reissued it at lulu.com printers and it is now also available inthe Amazon Kindle library.
Summer 2008's projects were a memoir, Chilly-Chilly
BANG! or How We Freeelanced
Summer 2008's project was to resurrect my 1958 military
novel, Queer Company. It's not about gays in the
military, but about the modified basic training unit I was sent to at the end
of the Korean War. I wrote it in 1958 while living in
Most of my books were
You can also have some fun at this site and listen to two Sachs short
stories as they were broadcast on the BBC World Service Short Wave around the world.
One is "Couch Potato"
abvout a husbvand whose
wife claims took root on the couch while watching nothing but sports on TV. The
other is "The Beach"
about a disfunctional family that goes to the
is publisher of several of my books and brought out Conspiracy!
and A Troll for Christmas and other stories
in 2009. Booksurge.com no longer prints those, so they must be ordered from Zumaya or Amazon.com.
Because of a shift in publisher's location from
Those are only the most recent projects. In all I have had 25 books published and you can find most of them at www.lulu.com where you can rfead excerpts and place orders. The Kindle ebook librfary is a new developmentg. Want to listen to my short stories as broadcast on the BBC short wave programme [sic]? "Couch Potato" and "The Beach" A newspaper tabloid version of Couch Potato was published in the SUN grocery store tabloid as "Couch Potato Takes Root" with a picture of me disguised as a plant. The SUN editors totally rewrote the story I submitted, leaving only my photo and byline, but do you know any other authors who are plants? You can take the story "Couch Potato" in two ways, either that the woman is telling the truth or that she's insane. How many people besides the bat baby and the world's fattest human can boast of having their picture in the Sun? "The Beach" is a totally different kind of story. It's about a couple with a handicapped child they take to the dangerous Oregon beach on the Pacific coast. Their marriage is falling apart, but something happens at the beach that changes the relationship of father and son.
Back in 1969 I invented the game PoliceState.Though the game originally sold for about $14 it is no longer produced because of high minimum runs and printing costs. Someone was offering an "extremely rare" copy on the Internet for $19.95! IDEVCO, The Idea Development Company is offering the POLICE STATE GAME on CD as a kit. For $5 plus postage IDEVCO will send you a CD with the scanned images of the playing board, the three decks of cards, apartment cards, and the instructions. Also included for that price you'll get a pair of dice and, while supplies last, a Tootsie Toy style automobile used in the game. If you have a color printer, scissors, glue and some cardboard, you can make one copy of the game for your own use. We got a surprise order from a chap in Australia who said Police State is the only game his mother will play. His aunt had brought a copy from England but didn't leave it behind in Australia. We have international fans!
The board game Police State
by Harley Sachs is available for license. We
sold all the original copies but you can buy the
do it yourself kit CD for $5.00 plus postage (domestic US $2.00) The kit includes the apartment cards, dice, state autmobile, instructions. You'll have to print out the rest
on 110 pound stock (e.g. business card stock).
POLICE STATE, a game of strategy and survival, was invented by Harley Sachs in 1969 and sold in England and the USA, even as far as Ireland and South America. It was copyrighted, patented, and published by the IDEA DEVELOPMENT COMPANY (IDEVCO), licensed by Gameophiles and later by L.A. Producers Partnership under the name COMRADES. All early copies of POLICE STATE have been sold, so the original game is not available now for retail sale, but it is offered for license, either as a board game or as an interactive computer game for programmers. For further information about licensing contracts, contact IDEVCO. Or buy the CD kit for $5.00 plus postage.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND GAME INVENTOR: Besides sailing his MacGregor 22 in Lake Superior in the summer, Prof. Sachs winters in Portland, Oregon, trading Upper Peninsula snows for Oregon rain. He is a contributing editor for Northern Express, a weekly newspaper in Traverse City, Michigan, and his columns have also appeared in the U.P. Post, Peninsula News, and Porcupine Press. At the September 1997 meeting of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Writers' Association, Sachs won the Ed Powers Memorial Humor Award for his newspaper column "Ejaculating with Zane Gray" about characters who shout, roar, and even "ejaculate" but never say anything. His short story "My Brag Book" also won a prize at the 1997 conference. A free lance since the 1950's, Harley Sachs got his start writing trade magazine articles for International Blue Printer, then wrote many articles and project pieces for boating magazines. He earned a number of awards for writing and before he retired from Michigan Technological University was a director of the Society for Technical Communication. He is listed as a poet and writer of fiction by Poets and Writers. His newspaper stories have appeared in The Oregonian, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Louisville Courier-Journal, and even in Danish in Politiken. Besides all that writing, Sachs invented an anti-fascist board game, POLICE STATE, manufactured under license and by IDEVCO, the Sachs family corporation. He also issued a series of snow flea postal cards about the real-- not mythical-- Upper Peninsula snow fleas. POLICE STATE is available for license.