Philip R Benge


I was born in London, England. Like most of the world I had to work hard to pay my mortgage and all the other bills so I only had the time and the energy to write some short stories. My wife and I have a son who is now married to a lovely wife and they have five children of their own. Since retiring to the Greek island of Crete I have finally found the time and the energy to write some full length Science Fiction stories.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing seriously in 2006, before then I really did not have enough time, spending most of it working or commuting to or from work. Now I have retired I have the time to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well I found the merest outline for it amongst some old ideas that I had tucked away, on reading it through I thought it might make a short story, in the end it evolved into a full length story.
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The Colonies of Earth Collection
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 336,770. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Four stories set on distant planets that make up some of the Colonies of Earth during the last quarter of the twenty fifth century and the beginning of the next, they tell of exploration, heroism, friendship and love. Of greed, murder, slavery, lust for personal power and war.
Return to Mazere
Series: A David Charlton story, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,810. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A right wing group plan a military coup, they will even risk interplanetary war if it will help them to take control of Mazere. Unwittingly caught up in the situation, David Charlton is forced to return to Mazere, where he then becomes a target for the plotters, only he can save the President of Mazere, and the planets of the federation, from total disaster.
The Venetou
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,240. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A survey ship from Earth encounters an alien vampire that can disappear from sight by hypnotising anyone near to it. When their people begin to die they first need to discover what is killing and feeding upon their people. Secondly they need to find a way to see the vampire, and finally they need a man who was capable of taking the fight to the Venetou.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,530. Language: British English. Published: August 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Quasar was created by a Robotic intelligence to kill their enemies, he was their latest secret weapon against an organic race that they were at war with, an empire went to the winner, unfortunately for his creators, Quasar decided to win it for himself. However he did not get it all his own way for he knew nothing about subterfuge, but he did know how to be evil.
The Treasure of Altaraus
Series: A David Charlton story, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,400. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Clues to the whereabouts of the treasures of Atlantis are discovered by Professor Halliard. Whom else can he turn to for help in finding it other than David Charlton? Unfortunately others are also searching for it, and they will kill to obtain it. David Charlton finds danger as he searches the galaxy for the planet Altaraus, and a way to stay alive.
Kidnapped and Bound for Hell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,180. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
A young girl is kidnapped by a satanist who plans to give her in marriage to his Satanic master Lucifer. Rob Hinds is seeking to stop him. His investigation takes him to France where with the help of some friends he must confront an evil he did not even believe existed.
Rescue Mission to the Stars
Series: A David Charlton story, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 73,830. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The victim of a hit and run accident David Charlton wakes from a coma after two years to find that his father has gone missing in the depths of space while on a survey mission. With a group of friends and with the help of his godfather he takes his father`s old freighter to search for him.
The Haunted Abbey
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,210. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
It seemed a good idea to go out for the day with her father but Millie soon finds herself in a nightmare world. She has been transported to an old abbey in medieval Britain. Here she has to battle her fears and an evil wizard to free a young boy, who also happens to be a ghost, from the wizards` evil clutches, and before the wizard catches up with her.
The Pirates Treasure
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,740. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Two young boys find a treasure map and go to search for the hidden treasure. The map shows that it is under an old ruined church, unfortunately danger awaits them.
Trial by Ordeal
Series: Colonies of Earth, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,070. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The family of Tyler Burrows is kidnapped and he has to travel to the other side of the galaxy to find them and where danger is ever present. He also finds an old enemy who is reaching out from beyond the grave to try to get the revenge that some think is his right.
Series: Colonies of Earth, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 85,890. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The destinies of four Planets are pulled together by fate. Persephone, is to be the home for five hundred new world colonists, Orion, was settled by colonists one hundred years ago, New Earth is under attack by space pirates, and the people on Genesis are dying. Four planets that rely on one man, only Tyler Burrows can see them through their ordeals, five if you count Earth.
Time Storm
Series: Colonies of Earth, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,190. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In the year 2494, time the last frontier had just been conquered, and the two most powerful megalomaniacs in the galaxy each want control of it. An out of work twenty first century researcher battles against a time storm, the jungle, a tribe of Troglodytes, an alien invader, and finally a space pirate, to stop them.
Galaxy Spies
Series: Colonies of Earth, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 81,590. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The year is 2474, Jean Summers has to travel the depths of space to battle gangsters and Fascists in her bid to find her missing brother. Along the way she meets Ray Connors who joins her in her quest along with two space marines.
Strange Tales
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,670. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Three short mild horror stories. In the first tale a man finds that his immortal soul is in peril. In the second tale a man seeks to change his life and succeeds in a way he could never imagine. In the third tale a man is forced to fight against the forces of evil.

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  • To Sail The Dark Sea on Oct. 22, 2012

    This short story gives a slightly different slant on travelling through space and is worth a read.
  • Desolation Boulevard on Nov. 16, 2012

    I thought this book was very well written and that the story was excellent. The heroes were interesting and believable, and as the story progresses what will happen next is not obvious. I will look out for other books by this author.
  • The Sylvanville Spirits on June 17, 2013

    An excellent ghost story with humour and horror, well worth a read.
  • A Ghost of Fire on June 24, 2013

    This is a very good story of the paranormal and well worth a read. I have already read the second in the series and am looking forward to the third.
  • Beyond Uranus on July 10, 2013

    Quite good fun, and I`ll definitely read the follow up when it comes out.
  • Breaking Down on July 10, 2013

    A very funny story that throws a different slant on history.
  • The Survivor Chronicles: Book 1, The Upheaval (Serial story #1) on July 11, 2013

    A very good story, I will certainly read the future installments.
  • Broken Spirits on Aug. 17, 2013

    Another great paranormal story by S A Hunter, it is well worth a read.
  • The God Mars Book One: CROATOAN on March 08, 2014

    A very good original story, I will be reading the next instalment.
  • The God Mars Book Two: Lost Worlds on March 13, 2014

    A really good science fiction story, recommended.
  • We Interrupt This Program on July 08, 2014

    A great short story with an even better ending.
  • Strange Girl on Dec. 19, 2014

    Another great book, will definitely look out for the next in the series. So different from other ghost stories and full of action.