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Most recent changes:
Minor update to Bibliography (3 July 2022)
** Smashing Summer! **
1 July 2022
Smashwords is holding an e-book sale, starting today and ending on 31 July. My short-story collections will never cost you less to buy....
Moondust Memories ($0.99, 50% discount)
Sons of the Earth & Other Stories ($0.99, 50% discount)
The Last Moonshot & Other Stories ($0.99, 50% discount)
Reeves Indeed! is free to download!
** The Mods Hear It Again **
14 June 2022
I'm delighted to announce that my flash-length cyberpunk piece I Think We Need To Hear That Again will be reprinted Eric Fomley's The Mods anthology, which is forthcoming from Shacklebound Books.
This is the first reprint for this story, which originally appeared in A Punk Rock Future (Zsenon Publishing, 2019).
** Vive la Révolution! **
15 May 2022
I'm delighted to announced that the first issue of Radon Journal, an online literary journal addressing radical political topics, has published a reprint of my Nature Future story On This Day. The production team has done an excellent job. The cover (by Deconstructed Media) is astonishing.
** Abyss Ahoy! **
Updated 2 May 2022
Orchid's Lantern has published its Abyss: Stories of Depth, Time and Infinity anthology. Edited by the wonderful C. R. Dudley, this anthology includes my slipstream fantasy tale Sky High With Janine, which is a distant sequel to my first published story In Deep With Janine, plus many other stories by wonderful authors.
Abyss: Stories of Depth, Time and Infinity is available from Orchid Lantern's online book store, also Amazon, Waterstones, The Book Depository, and Barnes & Noble.
** Fewer Stars Published **
8 April 2022
I'm thrilled to announce that Shacklebound Books has published my flash-length SF story Starless in the inaugural issue of its newsletter.
You can sign up for the free newsletter here.
Starless is my 51st published short story.
** Time for Your TV Dreams **
26 March 2022
Christopher Herron from Tall Tale TV has uploaded a superb audio version of my SF story Dreamtime, which originally appeared in Orchid Lantern's "Vast" anthology (before that, I performed an early version at a Virtual Futures event). He's done a great job with the three voices and really captured the mood of the piece. It lasts about 11 minutes.
** Never Leave Science Behind **
25 March 2022
I'm delighted to announce that Sci Phi Journal has published my SF story Those We Leave Behind. You can read it online or download the PDF. There are lots of other intriguing stories in this issue, which focusses on alternate history.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my great friend Tony Hughes who served as technical expert on this story (he's also the cover artist on my e-books).
Those We Leave Behind is my 50th published short story.
** Detect Radon Any Day Now **
19 March 2022
I'm pleased to announced that Radon Journal has accepted my SF story On This Day for reprinting in their inaugural issue.
On This Day originally appeared in Nature Futures.
** The TV of Our Dreams **
17 March 2022
I'm pleased to announced that Tall Tale TV has accepted my short story Dreamtime for podcasting. It should go live on 25 March. I'll post the link when I have it.
Dreamtime first appeared in Orchid Lantern's Vast anthology.
(I should also have another reprint acceptance to announce shortly.)
** Abyss Covered For Now **
10 March 2022
Editor C. R. Dudley has revealed the cover for Orchid Lantern's forthcoming Abyss anthology, which will be published on 2 May. The anthology includes my story Sky High With Janine. It's a great looking author line-up and I love that cover.
** The War Economy Revisited **
6 March 2022
I'm pleased to announce that the editor of Planet Raconteur has approached me to podcast the third of my Reeves stories, Supply and Demand in the Post-War Economy. Needless to say, I was happy to accept!
Supply and Demand in the Post-War Economy was originally published in Daily Science Fiction.
** No Tale Left Behind **
4 March 2022
I'm delighted to announce that Sci Phi Journal has accepted my SF story Those We Leave Behind for publication online.
More details in due course.
Those We Leave Behind is my 54th short story accepted for publication.
** The Stars Will Go Out **
2 March 2022
I'm delighted to announced that my flash-length SF story Starless will appear in the inaugural issue of the Shacklebound Books newsletter, which is scheduled for release in early April.
You can sign up for the free newsletter here.
Starless is my 53rd short story accepted for publication.
** Reprinted on Demand **
22 February 2022
I'm happy to announced that Microverses has reprinted by nano-fic POD People as part of their Constraint 280 series. You can read it here.
** News Secured **
13 January 2022
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed a slight difference to this website, namely that it now has an https: address rather than an http: one.
Not before time, i hear you say.
** Happy New Year! **
2 January 2022
Slightly belatedly, but I wish everyone a safe and happy New Year. Let's hope it's a much better one than the previous two.
Click/tap here for my writer's summation of 2021.
** Strangely Heroic Review **
27 December 2021
Andrew Hook has reviewed the recent No More Heroes anthology (from PS Publishing) on Goodreads. He had this to say about my story A Stranger Shade: "My two favourite stories, however, were the bonkers 'Motorhead On The Orient Express' by Gavin G Smith, and Vaughan Stanger's 'A Stranger Shade' (Steve Strange), both of which fully encapsulated a nostalgic yet relevant feel for their respective subject matter, with the latter story especially hitting the right emotional tone. Perfect."
** Merry Christmas! **
23 December 2021
See you in a few days. Stay safe and well in the meantime.
** The Ghost at Your Table **
9 December 2021 (updated)
I'm delighted to announce that my short story Laying the Table has been reprinted in The Other Side Book of Ghosts, an anthology of ghost stories edited by Michael S. Collins, which is raising money for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland. This book contains 17 spooky tales. I think it would make the perfect Christmas present for anyone who enjoys ghost stories.
This is what the editor Michael S Collins wrote about my story in his introduction to the anthology:
"Three pages, two talking characters, and it damn near ruined me. I've read books that couldn't tell you anything in half a million words. Stanger tells us everything in under a thousand."
** Catalan Corpses Climb High **
6 December 2021
I'm delighted to announced that Catalan magazine Revista Catarsi has reprinted my SF story The English Dead in its 29th issue. That's the ninth foreign language for my fiction. The English Dead was translated by Edgar Cotes, to whom my particular thanks go.
The English Dead originally appeared in Hub (2007). It has previously been translated into Italian.
** Beach Bunnies Ahoy! **
2 December 2021
I'm delighted to announce that award-winning Scottish SF & Fantasy magazine Shoreline of Infinity has accepted my short story Dust Bunnies for publication. This will be my second story to appear there.
** Good News Cloak Engaged **
18 November 2021
I've received a couple of acceptances for previously unsold stories in the last few days. I'll have to keep them under wraps until contracts have been signed (a formality).
** Collecting the Hard Stuff **
6 November 2021
My three collections of SF and fantasy short stories are now available in hardback editions on Amazon. I reckon they'd make rather good presents....
Sons of the Earth and Other Stories
The Last Moonshot and Other Stories