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My latest ebook, Reeves Indeed!, is now available to pre-order from,, Smashwords, iTunes, and other online stores (typical price $0.99 + applicable taxes).

Reeves Indeed! collects the complete set of my Reeves stories, which presents the misadventures of a robot butler and his master in a series of ever more bizarre and apocalyptic tales. Four of these all-dialogue short stories have been published before, in Daily Science Fiction, Plasma Frequency magazine, and Space Squid, while the fifth, Speak for Yourself, I wrote especially for this collection. It brings the series to a conclusion.

The cover is by my good friend Tony Hughes.

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For those of you who prefer print to pixels, my second collection of short stories, Sons of the Earth, is now available in a paperback edition from Amazon. I reckon it makes a good companion to my first collection (Moondust Memories) in terms of content and cover.

If you prefer to read ebooks, please note that the Kindle edition of Sons of the Earth is currently discounted to $0.99/£0.99 ( and only). This promotional price lasts until 1 March.

The thirteen stories feature in Sons of the Earth appeared in Interzone, Nature, Postscripts, Daily SF, and other highly regarded publications. Several have been translated and appeared in foreign language publications.

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Sons of the Earth collects thirteen of my previously published stories into one ebook (Kindle format). It contains stories that were originally published in Interzone, Postscripts, Nature and other fine venues, also an introduction and a comprehensive set of story notes. The cover is by my good friend Tony Hughes.

Buy Sons of the Earth now for $2.99 from or £1.99 from
(Also available from other Amazon marketplaces.)

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My new short story collection Sons of the Earth is now available to pre-order from Amazon (Kindle format).

Sons of the Earth compiles thirteen of my SF&F stories, all of which were previously published in quality magazines and anthologies such as Interzone, Postscripts and Nature Futures.

Purchase links:


And before anyone asks: neither the author nor the cover artist are conspiracy theorists...
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The latest issue of Postscripts (#34/35 'Breakout') contains not one but two stories by me!

A Walk in the Woods was originally published in Interzone, way back in 2003. Its sequel, A Walk in the Rain, is published for the first time in 'Breakout', which is available to order from PS Publishing's website.

I love the cover and feel more than a little honoured to appear in such a great line-up of authors.

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I've recently heard from Paul Cole that he wants to podcast my mountain-climbing SF story 'The English Dead' for his Beam Me Up show on WRFR lp/fm Rockland ME.

That will be my first story to be podcast -- and my first acceptance (other than royalty-paying reprints on QuarterReads) in a very long time.

The English Dead was originally published in Hub 36 (2007).

I'll let you know when the podcast is available.
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Whether you're a reader or writer (or both), you might want to take a look at QuarterReads, especially if e-books aren't your thing.

For the reader, QuarterReads provides on-line access to nearly 900 short stories, poems, essays and memoirs, from 220+ authors, many of whom will be familiar to DW/LJ folk. There are award-winners and nominees publishing and reprinting their work on QuarterReads. A $5 payment buys you 20 reads, hence the site's name. You can read the opening of any piece for free. Each week, one story is made free to read; it is accessible to anyone who visits the site. This week Cat Rambo has a free story, which is promoting the publication of her first novel.

For the writer, QuarterReads offers an outstanding royalty rate (88%) plus a tip-jar for each story. And yes, you do get do paid. I'm closing in on the threshold for my second $10 payment. Some other authors are doing a lot better than that. Please note, however, that QuarterReads only accepts pieces containing less than 2000 words.

If you're interested in reading my work on QuarterReads, then you'll find a full list with links and teasers on my website's dedicated page, or you can head straight there. You will need to set up an account to read my thirteen stories and memoirs in full.

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My new ebook, Family Tree, is now available to purchase from all the usual online outlets, e.g.,, iTunes (US), iTunes (UK), etc. For a full set of author books links, please visit the Books page of my website.

This SF story was originally published in Helix (2008). If you enjoyed my Alternate Apollos ebook, you'll likely enjoy this one too. The theme is the importance of teaching and teaching, a subject dear to my heart for lots of reasons.

The cover is by my good friend, Tony Hughes.

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I have a new ebook available for pre-ordering.


Family Tree is a story that's very close to my heart. Originally published in 2008 (in Helix #7), in part it's a what-if about the Apollo programme, but mostly it's about the importance of teachers. I think Family Tree will resonate with a lot of readers.

This ebook will be released simultaneously in Kindle and epub formats on January 5th, 2015. However, it is available to pre-order now, from Amazon and Smashwords (iTunes, Kobo, B&N soon). UK/EU readers can pay less VAT if they pre-order Family Tree before January 1st.
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The Kindle edition of my SF collection Moondust Memories is available to purchase from for just £0.99 (plus VAT) from today until midnight on 20 November. It's been price-matched down to $1.57 on

Review quotes for Moondust Memories:

"The tell-tale sign of great speculative fiction is that you are still thinking about it days after you finish reading. This has been the case for me with Moondust Memories. Highly recommended."
(Dylan Hearn)

"In summary, 'Moondust Memories' is a rewarding read in the best possible way. A wonderful collection of thought-provoking and challenging stories that you will enjoy whether you're a fan of sci-fi or not." (Paul Laville).

(Full reviews here.)
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Prompted by the recent change in SFWA membership qualification rules, which fellow author Deborah Walker noted a few days ago, I've blogged about flash fiction as a distinct category on my web-site:
Feel free to comment/discuss either there or here. I've also posted about this on Facebook.

(** I should emphasise that I'm not and never have been a member of SFWA, and feel I have no particular need to be at this stage of my career.)

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This is just a reminder for those of you who might have missed my original announcement:

The Kindle edition of my spooky VR story Touching Distance is available to purchase at and, also the other tributaries.

Touching Distance was originally published in issue 7 of Postscripts. It received an Honorable Mention in the Datlow et al '"Year's Best Fantasy & Horror" anthology for 2006.

The gorgeous (IMO) cover is by Tony Hughes.

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My latest e-book for Kindle (and Kindle apps) is now available to purchase from, and all other branches of Amazon.

Touching Distance is an innovative virtual reality story, which was originally published in issue 7 of Postscripts (PS Publishing). It received an Honorable Mention in the relevant " year's best" anthology edited by Ellen Datlow et al.

The cover art is by my good friend Tony Hughes.

If you enjoy reading this story, please post a rating/review on Amazon.

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I'm delighted to announce that my story 'Warbling Their Way to War' has been published in issue 8 of Plasma Frequency Magazine.

I understand that there is a print edition, but for now you can purchase the magazine in Kindle format from: [COM] [UK]

(And probably in other formats from other outlets.)

This story is a sequel to 'Writing on the Wall' but it's sufficiently self-contained that reading the predecessor isn't essential. (But if you're interested, it's here:



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I'm delighted to announce that I have received an acceptance from the editor of Kzine (Graeme Hurry) for my music-themed short story, Time to Play.
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I'm pleased to announced that Trevor Denyer has accepted my horror fantasy short story Extra Time for reprinting in his new magazine, Hellfire Crossroads.

Extra Time was originally published in Hub #99, in October 2009.

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My latest ebook, The Ultimate Show, has just been released on Kindle.

The Ultimate Show collects four of my previously published SF and fantasy stories on the theme of shows. If you enjoy rock gigs, stand-up comedy, art events or perhaps spend a little too much time watching sport on TV, then this is the ebook for you.

The Ultimate Show is available for purchase at, and (and it's readily searchable at the other tributaries).

As with my other ebooks, the cover is by my great friend Tony Hughes. He rendered this one in pencil. It captures perfectly a scene from 'Slices of Life', one of the four stories included in this ebook. Needless to say, I regard myself as a fortunate author indeed to have such artistic talent on tap.

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Alternate Apollos: Three (previously published) Apollo-era themed short SF stories for your delectation.

Final chance to load onto your Kindle (or Kindle app) as a FREE download.

A 5* review on "The Apollo period is my favourite so not surprisingly I really enjoyed these well written and intruiging short stories. Vaughan Stanger has demonstrated his impressive powers of imagination and talent for telling fascinating stories."

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Originally published in Postscripts #9, The Peace Criminal has just been reprinted on-line in issue 6 of Lacuna: A Journal of Historical Fiction.

This the first time this 6000 word story has been free to read. The illustrations are wonderful. Big thanks go to Megan Arkenberg for providing an on-line home for my story.


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