Welcome to My Website
Here you'll find announcements of forthcoming publications, promotions and publicity events, news about my current writing projects, a blog, a bookstore with links to my ebook story collections and anthologies, plus some downloadable content you won't find anywhere else. Click here for a first-timer's guide to my short fiction.
If you enjoy exploring this site, please leave a comment and come back soon – I'll be updating it regularly.
Most recent changes: Update to most recent news story and to Recognition page (9 January 2017).
Art Listed Inside!
9 January 2017 (updated)
I'm delighted to announce that my SF story Insider Art, which appeared in Abyss & Apex 58, has been nominated in the BSFA Awards (2016) Shorter Fiction category.
If you're a BSFA member and would like to read this story before considering whether to vote for it in Round 2 of the ballot, which closes on 31 January, you can find it here.
Servicing Your Stories
4 January 2017
My critiquing service for short fiction in the speculative genres is now open. If you are interested in having your stories critiqued by "ace short story writer Vaughan Stanger"**, please read this page and then contact me.
There's an introductory offer for flash-length stories running throughout January!
I look forward to reading and critiquing your short stories.
** Postscripts editor Nick Gevers in the PS Publishing newsletter (10 July 2015).
Happy New Year!
1 January 2017
I wish everyone a wonderful 2017!
The Saga of String
31 December 2016 (updated)
Mariah Avix's podcast of String-Driven Thing for 600 Second Saga has gone live. She has done a marvellous job, really bringing out the characters' voices. If you enjoy the podcast, please rate and review it, e.g. on iTunes or 600 Second Saga's YouTube channel.
String-Driven Thing originally appeared in Nature Futures (2009).
An Honorable Peace
29 December 2016
I'm delighted to announce that my micro-story Peace on Earth has received an Honorable Mention in 200 CC's Christmas Contest. You can read it – and the other successsful entries – here.
23 December 2016
Here's wishing all my readers and visitors a very Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays.
Shortly At Your Service!
20 December 2016
From 3 January 2017, I will be offering a (paid) critiquing service for short fiction in the speculative genres. If you are interested in making use of this service, please read this page first before contacting me.
Please note that I will be running an introductory offer during January.
I look forward to reading and critiquing your short stories!
Stars in Your Ears
19 December 2016 (updated)
I'm thrilled to announce that Paul Cole has loaded a podcast including my SF story Stars in Her Eyes onto Beam Me Up. The reader, Ron Huber, has done an excellent job of voicing the story's trio of characters, so if you fancy a pre-Christmas treat...
Elsewhere in the podcast, Paul talks about John Glenn, the final phase of the Cassini mission to Saturn, and some classic SF novels. My story starts about 13 minutes into the 'cast.
Cheap and Cheerful Sons
12 December 2016 (updated)
(Promotion has now ended.)
To spread some pre-Christmas cheer, I've reduced the price of my Sons of the Earth Kindle ebook at Amazon.co.uk (£0.99) and Amazon.com ($0.99) until midnight on 11 December.
These thirteen SF and fantasy stories were originally published in Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Nature, and Postscripts, among others. Several have not been published in ebook form before.
String Exported to Poland
30 November 2016
I'm delighted to announce that my SF short-short String-Driven Thing has been translated into Polish and published on-line by Szortal magazine. My thanks, in particular, go to translator Aleksander Księżopolski. This is my third story to appear in Szortal and my fourth to be translated into Polish.
String-Driven Thing was originally published in Nature Futures (2009).
Tuning In to the Beyond
24 November 2016
One Step Beyond is now on sale at iTunes.
Purchase at iTunes (UK) for £0.99
Purchase at iTunes (USA) for $0.99
These prices will be increased in the near future.
Beyond the Verdict
23 November 2016
An Amazon customer praises One Step Beyond:
"A nice collection of bite-sized sci-fi stories. These stories avoid the obvious tropes, with rich worlds and fun twists. A really fun read." (****)
Buyer Further Beyond
22 November 2016
The charity anthology One Step Beyond is now on sale at the Kobo and Barnes & Noble on-line stores.
Purchase at Kobo (UK) for £0.80
Purchase at Barnes & Noble (Nook) for $0.99
We're still waiting on iTunes.
These prices will be increased in the near future.
17 November 2016
The charity anthology One Step Beyond is now on sale at Amazon and Smashwords. The eight reprinted SF and fantasy stories included in this anthology were written by members of the One Step Beyond writers' group. This ebook was edited and produced by me.
Published by Tower of Chaos Press, all profits from this anthology will go to the English PEN charity, which works to defend and promote freedom of expression, and to remove barriers to literature. The anthology's authors, editor and cover artist will not receive any money from sales.
Purchase at Amazon (USA) for $0.99
Purchase at Amazon (UK) for £0.99
Purchase at Smashwords for $0.99
These prices will be increased in the near future, so if you're interested in reading this anthology please purchase it soon!
6 November 2016
I'm pleased to announce that the editor at Digital Fiction Publishing has accepted my SF short story Invisible Touch for reprinting in QuickFic, a web-based publication.
Invisible Touch was originally published in Daily Science Fiction (December 2015).
Dark Inside Estonia
5 November 2016
Estonian SF magazine Reaktor has reprinted my Nature Futures story from 2010 Dark They Were, and Strange Inside. If you read Estonian, please click on this link.
Stepping to Order
3 November 2016
One Step Beyond, an ebook anthology of SF and fantasy stories written by members of the writers' group of the same name and edited by me, is now available to pre-order from Amazon and Smashwords. Published by Tower of Chaos Press, all proceeds from this anthology will go to the English PEN charity.
Order at Amazon (USA) for $0.99
Order at Amazon (UK) for £0.99
Order at Smashwords for $0.99
An Oral History of String
3 November 2016
I'm pleased to announce that my SF story String-Driven Thing will be podcast by 600 Second Saga in the near future.
String-Driven Thing originally appeared in Nature Futures in 2009.
More details to follow in due course.
Time to Build Castles
1 November 2016
I'm pleased to announce that a reprint of my story 'Time to Play' will appear in Sky Castles: An Anthology of Diverse Worlds, which is being edited by Jasmine Shea Townsend.
More details in due course.