Stephen Brandon


I've loved westerns and science fiction since I picked up my first book at the public library.
I've been writing on my computer for years. I never planned on any of my stories being published, just to be read by myself, family, and friends. The base journal is on forty spreadsheets with links to about a thousand files of short one day paragraphs plus other stories.
A relative suggested that I aim for a wider audience. If you like my musings, comment on them.

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My Mine
Price: Free! Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Retired and sitting in a restaurant in San Francisco, there's an earthquake. They say your life flashes in front of your eyes when death threatens. When Bill is rescued, his descendants try to kill him. Discoveries by an astronomer seldom turn the world upside down. Is greed the only reason? Who will help him? He sends them a message stating that he only wants to enjoy his retirement.
A New Precedent
Price: Free! Words: 4,410. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
An assassination attempt, an assassination, and the murder of a politicians wife begin a chain of events. Three days until the first retaliatory response using a weapon not used in 70 years. Politics as usual will never be the same, or will it?
The Ones Before
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 54,560. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Archaeologist have found anomalies in their exploration of Earths historical record. Mostly they are ignored. Call the Captain quick, I've spotted several old type ships. We can't hide from them if they get close. Get the chief engineer up here also. I'll take evasive actions and loop around to the asteroid belt and hide us there.
5 Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Last weekend I was looking through my computer. Over the years I've written short stories on whatever subject that interested me at the moment. Here is a sample for you to enjoy.
Az's Children
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,150. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Beware when you meet the daughters of lawyers! However, if your mother has a spirit guide and your father is possessed then life is something other than what you might want. The challenge begins when each follows their parents wishes or tries to break free.
The Asteroid Belt
Series: Saturn 2020, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 21,950. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Tim didn't exactly lie to me when he offered to help me achieve my impossible ambition. If I hadn't been dazzled by my dream, I'd have realized what I could be letting myself in for. He gave me a simple job that wasn't so simple. Herding cats is simple! All I ever wanted was to get to space! His simple job put me number 1 on the list of people earth wanted annihilated.
The Alien Spacecraft
Series: Saturn 2020, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,780. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This is the time that the inner solar system is being utilized from Earth to the asteroid belt. Identifiable asteroids are suddenly exiting the belt and when the astronomers check they find them still in their original orbits. The ship sent to examine this mystery finds much more, a derelict alien spacecraft. Can they find their way back and at what cost to civilization as they know it.
Just My Opinion Some Old and New Ideas
Price: Free! Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Essay » Political
Just My Opinion series is one that I'll build upon as time progresses. Now that I am retired I have the time to start going through these old files. If I'd kept every old computer I ever had everything would be readily accessible, but I didn't. Some I will publish with present day comments. Hope you enjoy them!
From Texas to New York
Price: Free! Words: 23,240. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
This is a collection of three stories. They were not written in sequence or even in the same year. The first is about what could happen if enough enemies of the US infiltrated our southern border and what a response could be. The second is about an individual with an idea and what he has to do to get it recognized. The third is about a different type of invasion.
The Impossible Ambition
Series: Saturn 2020, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,500. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A childhood dream that grew until high school graduation. Then shattered because he was nearsighted. After forty years of work, an unfortunate accident kills all possibility of even going there! One morning a telephone call. A chance to work toward helping others achieve his dream. Could it really be possible? Herding cats seems simple compared to his new job.
The Plan and other short stories
Price: Free! Words: 42,840. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Plan, tells the story of one successful entrepreneurs plan for his children and what happens when he gets the shaft. X Plan, Not Enough Wars, Camping in the Swamp, The Harappan Seal, and The Ship fill out the volume.
Pacific 41
Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: American English. Published: July 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Mix a ship out of control and an active oil rig, and then stir gently with a hurricane. With luck nothing, but when you don't have luck you have something interesting. Then add in the fact that it's almost a mile deep in the ocean. A short story of what could be, and maybe someday will happen.
Series: Saturn 2020, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,020. Language: American English. Published: June 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
What does a man do when his wife dies? Of course he goes to visit friends for comfort. However, one of his friends starts him on a path that could get him killed or make him rich.
Scout Expedition
Price: Free! Words: 21,220. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When a powerful group wants somehting done, they create a scenario. What happens when that secneario turns out to be real? Can the survivors adapt?
Grandpa's Hot Sauce
Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
A short story about what to do when a shortage is looming.

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  • Mass Effect: Humanity First on May 13, 2012

    First time I've read a story in this format. Very interesting. I read it two times using the options both ways. Both held the story to a character profile that the reader chose. Very good!
  • His Best Weapon on May 13, 2012

    Very interesting twist to the story. Dialogue is good and the test was perfectly set up.
  • Recruit on May 13, 2012

    I liked it. It's well written, and leaves the reader hanging wondering what's next.
  • Peace Warrior on May 25, 2012

    This book takes the liberal agenda to one of its possible conclusions. It also shows what a single well trained leader can possibly accomplish if given help. Inconsistancy I noted was the weapons and ammunition left in the so called museums and private collections. This could indicate that conformity to societies norm is only surface deep and I think true to life. I enjoyed this book immensely! I'll be getting the rest of the series in the future.
  • An Acquired Taste on May 31, 2012

    Even with the technical errors the storyline was excellent. The end caught me by suprise, even with the battle clews. A good quick read!
  • Beyond Mars Crimson Fleet on June 22, 2012

    This scifi novel exceeded my expctations raised by the description. I took 3 days to read it and it was superb. If only I had some of the authors tallent. It should have a six star rating!
  • The Halo Wave on July 25, 2012

    This story reminds me of what happens when a government consideres itself more important than its citizens. Also what one person can do to make a difference. Good short story.
  • Strange New World (Artifice: Episode One) on Dec. 15, 2012

    Very interesting, can't wait to read #2.
  • Mission Beyond The Stars: Book #1 of "Saga Of The Lost Worlds" by Neely and Dobbs on Dec. 23, 2012

    This story is great, the authors kept me wondering what was next. I'm compelled to get the next in the series.
  • Prisoner 721 on March 22, 2013

    I'm old enough to remember when the only computers around were in air conditioned rooms and built with vacuum tubes. Nowdays I have one more powerful than the ones in the space shuttles. However they aren't smarter that the first, programed in binary. This story is more about software. A concept that can be confused with the knowledge we have in our own brains. In simple words, the instructions of a lifetime and how to interpret them! Art interpretation and music interpretation would be the true test of an AI. This writer hit the nail right on the head and did an excellent job. A very good read and I recomment it to 'ALL!' after the Bible.
  • Syzygy on March 25, 2013

    Interesting story and that could come true with the way corporations operate today. However, one man's decision when forced; makes the turning point!
  • Declination on April 15, 2013
    (no rating)
    A very great story. I wish I had your talent for storytelling. 5 stars!
  • Chase Fleet: Origins on July 05, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I especially enjoyed the fact that the Chase was human with all the failings that we all have. His growth as a Christian through his misfortunes is inspiring. Good Christian literature is rare.
  • Master of Shadow and Darkness on July 12, 2013

    I enjoyed this book! I read it for 4 hours straight ( until I couldn't focus my eyes ) & had to finish it in the morning.
  • Beyond Uranus on July 25, 2013

    Well someone once told someone to Get A Life. Well this teacher didn't have one until ... I enjoyed the way his normal life got twisted. Looking forward to his next story.
  • Escape to the Stars! on Oct. 08, 2013

    I just finished Escape to the Stars! I enjoyed it! The only thing I missed was the reason the sun started acting up. The only conclusion I could come to was that an outside influence like a rouge planet or planetoid impacted it and the original scientist, Professor Keene, diagnosed the results. Just a thought! I say again, I enjoyed it and hope you do a followup, maybe GenStar two.
  • A Leap of Fate Episode 5 The Journey Home on Oct. 26, 2013

    I've read all 5 of A Leap of Fate Episodes. Loved them, especially the way you kept me on the edge wondering what was going to happen next. However the end of The Journey Home is really cold blooded. Don't leave us hanging to long waiting for The Games of the Triad! 4 1/2 to 5 stars for all five episodes!!!
  • On the Great Wall of Texas on May 06, 2014

    Very interesting twist on 'Global Warming". Also an (in the best British style) unusual twist on border security. Short but well written.
  • Maelstrom: The Downing of Eagle21 on July 12, 2014

    Even though I've been using computers since the 80's, I still print out most of the files I have. This story goes one step further than my paranoia. I've been aware for quite a few years that if you hack a file and change data you can cover your trail. Having an AI do it in this electronic age, well. The story line is great. The writing is great. I'm looking forward to the next in this series!!!!
  • Prophecy of the Stars on July 16, 2014
    (no rating)
    i just finished it. it was great!!!
  • Alaris. Episode Two: Struggle on Aug. 07, 2014

    I've read Cracks and Struggle. Both published in 2012. There are good enough to be an excellent series. What happened?
  • Artifact on Aug. 08, 2014

    Enjoyable well written short story with a twist at the end. NOW WHAT HAPPENS! You set the stage for a nice series. We are waiting.
  • Bypass Gemini on Sep. 29, 2014

    Lex is like many young men, almost a perfect wannabe steriotype. Some risk are just to much and then he meets K (certified mad) and then the adventure begins and he matures. Well written and even has a few twisted subplot that I liked.
  • Phase Shift on Dec. 28, 2014

    A little outside the box, but believable using quantum theory. A a Green, she makes a semi-popular subject almost believable, but the hints about the radiation burst leaves an opening for another story. Preventing the Cataclysm using quantum theory mechanics by stabilizing the phase of each planet, not to mention the fact that there may be other planets out of phase with Earth and Gaia, opens a can of worms that could turn this into a great series, not just a single great book! Unfortunately I'm not the author, I hope that she thinks on this. I'm glad and happy to have read this story and look forward to more. Saturn2020
  • The Rookie on Dec. 28, 2014

    Oh for Pete's sake. She started developing the characters in an unusual situation, and then stopped on page 6. WHAT HAPPENS? This should not be a flash fiction story. There are to many variables and situations to explore. Saturn2020
  • The Quantum Mechanic - Stormfront, a Christian Superhero saga - Part 1 on Jan. 06, 2015

    Character development interlaced with the story makes this an excellent book. It's a page turner, that I read in a single sitting, and was left with a desire for more!
  • First Fruits on Feb. 16, 2015

    Changing the past to change the present. Well written.
  • Driftmetal on March 01, 2015
    (no rating)
    An intereqsting world. Good hero with enough falts to fill a warehouse. I kinda liked a few of the people that he thinks betrayed him. The story kept me to the last page, and wanting more! I couldn't put it down!
  • Seas of Chaos on March 31, 2015

    The PDF file was scrambled and unreadable.
  • Liquid Blue, Book 1, Part I on April 05, 2015

    Interesting build up to a seemingly fatal ending. Character development was great along with the youthful interaction. Loved it!
  • Dog Got Your Tongue on April 08, 2015

    I tried to read it straight through, however I was interrupted several time. I enjoyed it and complement you on the story line. I saved it on my computer because it is worth a second or third read. Keep up the excellent work, and I'm looking forward to the next; 'Homecoming'.
  • Help on May 18, 2015

    I'm also a Smashwords author. I envy your writing. I don't have the skill you've demonstrated. The story line is excellent, and the tension between the characters is realistic. I look forward to your next book, The Other Life!
  • The Heroes Fall -1- When War Calls on May 23, 2015

    I don't usually read teen fiction, but this was compulsive. I took three days because my wife kept interrupting me, but again this book was addictive. I recommend it to everyone!!! To bad the second will be in paperback. I'd like to see it as an e-book.
  • Pathspace on June 04, 2015

    I just finished Pathspace and enjoyed it. The story has enough of everything to keep most people interested in reading it. Appendix 1: Pathspace is thought provoking and an interesting way of looking at physics.
  • Revenge: Book 1 of the T.E.N. series on June 15, 2015

    When you kill a man's pregnant wife and then his dog, what do you expect him to do? Short, but fast paced. Just enough character development to to make it interesting and leave room for the unexpected. I liked it and look forward to the next episode!
  • I Am Alpha on July 05, 2015

    Cold and calculating, maybe, but it could happen. It and the first book in this series lay a foundation for something new. The demands on the characters and their reactions are great. Looking forward to the next.