Ben Godby

Biography

Ben Godby writes mysteriously thrilling pseudo-scientific weird western adventure fantasy tales. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario with a girl, two dogs, and a cat.

His fiction has previously appeared in AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review and many other magazines. He also writes book reviews for the speculative fiction website Strange Horizons.

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Books

Assassins & Tyrants: A Short Story Collection
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,310. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Poison. Golems. Magic machines. Demons, warfare, and battles. This short story collection features five high fantasy short stories by Ben Godby: "The Very Best," "The Clockist," "Lovemachinist," "Tarthan & Gadiel's," and "The Master Is Equal Parts Guile & Evil." Inspired by writers like Jeff VanderMeer, China Miéville, and Jay Lake, these stories will delight any lover of fantasy.
Lovemachinist: A Short Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,870. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Fergus the potion-maker loves Matilda the mechanic. And Matilda loves Fergus back. But neither of them have the courage to the tell the other. But Fergus has the solution: a love potion. It's the perfect way to tell Matilda all the things he never could. The problem is, Nezremul - his fellow apprentice in the potion shop - is jealous. And sometimes, jealousy can be deadly...
The Very Best: A Short Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,760. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Alessandro Archibald is the Very Best Chef in All the Everlasting Planets. Ducat Desoveigny is the Very Best Marksman, and Adem al-Walooney, the Very Best Chevalier. But a conspiracy is afoot - one that seeks to disgrace and condemn these competitors, and keep them from their just rewards. To defeat it, the trio must become the very best assassins...
Tarthan & Gadiel's: A Short Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,700. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The Salathians have defeated the Beff army, and Prince Itatrix now leads an insurgency. Only one thing can decide the war: the allegiance of Tarthan and Gadiel, the last free blacksmiths in Beffereff Town. But Tarthan and Gadiel have different ideas about how to achieve peace.
Seedling: A Short Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,540. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Here, on the shore of Lake Athabasca, are the last two hundred and six trees on the planet. The Canadian government has a plan to pulp them and make sheets of paper out of them. Each log must be worth a billion bucks. But not if the Druids have anything to say about it. And they have a secret weapon on their side: the Seedling. Because, to change the world, all it takes is one seed.
The Anemic Society: A Short Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
All her life, she has felt sick. But her sickness isn't of the body, and it isn't of the head. It is a sickness entirely of the heart. It is society itself that appalls her. What would you be willing to pay for, if the economy was transacted in blood?
The Master is Equal Parts Guile and Evil: A Short Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The omens are propitiously malign and the Lotus of Despair is in their possession; and tonight, Xantha and Slashusha - the most powerful free demons in all the Everlasting Planets - are set to break the Master out of his prison in the Nameless Tomb. The Legions of Hanan are powerless to stop them, but that doesn't mean they'll succeed: after all, the Master always was equal parts guile and evil...
The Clockist: A Short Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,120. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Artificer designed the Clockist, a gear-driven golem, to destroy the Celestial Courtesans and establish dominance over the Everlasting Planets. But what will the Artificer do when the Clockist realizes it was wound up only to wind back down again - and comes back through time looking for answers?
The Vault: A Short Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,190. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Nuclear warfare has reduced the world to rubble, but inside the concrete vaults of Subsurface Security Shelter Delta Niner Zero, life goes on. Death, however, goes on also... and sometimes finds new ways to survive.
On the Border: A Short Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,000. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Harry started running rum when his pa ran off to California and his ma got too sick to work - but tonight's the first time he's let his little brother Sam come along. Sam doesn't understand how Harry does it: he's got some special connections to keep clear of the Prohibition Agents, but who are they are and where are they from? One thing's for sure: they're from a lot further away than Canada.
The Man Who Went to Mars: A Short Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Every time the orbit of the Earth and the rotation of the heavens is such that that red planet, Mars, looms into view in the night sky, I stay home with the blinds drawn. Even shut away like that, I shake, I shudder, I quake with bedevilled imaginings with which no person can sympathize and dread dreams that no other Earthling can replicate—because I know things that no other human being can...
Kill'em Dead: A Short Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Vampires, werewolves, and mummies are no match for Billy Wayne and Suzy Jane's time-travellin', light-speedin', monster-killin' pickup truck. But when there ain't no more monsters to roast, Billy and Suzy have to face going back to the real world - and the chance that they might never be together again. A short story by Ben Godby.
Bradfer's Pirate: A Short Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Inter-Planetary Defence Forces Captain Dattila Bradfer has a pirate to catch, and the pirate's name is Vissevia Gant. But sometimes, to catch a pirate, you've got to act like a pirate yourself - and that means someone's got to walk the plank. An interstellar dog-fight and boarding operation. A short story by Ben Godby.
What the Market Will Bear: A Short Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,180. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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The hardest part of laying siege is paying all your troops. When Colonel Denis Deschamps loses his artillery brigade to the highest bidder, he must devise a new battle plan - on a tight budget. But, where money is involved, military strategy doesn't always balance on the ledger. A dystopian science fiction comedy. A short story by Ben Godby.

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