Steve Anderson


Steve Anderson is the author of the novels Under False Flags, Liberated, and The Losing Role as well as the nonfiction Kindle Singles Double-Edged Sword and Sitting Ducks. Anderson was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany. He is also a literary translator. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Underheroes: Stories
Price: Free! Words: 28,100. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
In Underheroes, various underdogs and antiheroes grapple with life’s beasts. A few sense something like hope, if they play it right. Anderson wrote most of these eight fiction shorts and two essays in the early 2000s (as "Stephen F. Anderson"). They were published in Exquisite Corpse, Elimae and 3AM Magazine among others online and in print. Two stories appear here for the first time.
The Losing Role
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 69,330. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
In the last winter of World War II a failed German actor, Max Kaspar, is forced to join a desperate secret mission in which he must impersonate an enemy American officer. So Max cooks up his own fanatical plan -- he'll use his false identity to escape tyranny and war and flee to the America he'd once abandoned.
False Refuge
Price: Free! Words: 92,740. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2009. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
US Army reservist Alex Swenson goes AWOL in Hawaii, only to find he must fight and escape from the very same secretive, corrupt organization that had promised to harbor him and give him a new life.
Besserwisser: A Novel (The Know-It-Alls)
Price: Free! Words: 70,240. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2009. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Munich, 1990: American expat slacker Gordy Ford poses as a top Hitler scholar, all to impress a girl. Stuck in his scam, Gordy soon thinks he's stumbled onto a shocking historical discovery that's made him the target of a wannabe Neo-Nazi and shady Russian mafia. There's dark and dry humor and a rowdy plot. Everyone's an impostor, and all get exposed despite their best efforts.

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Smashwords book reviews by Steve Anderson

  • The American Book of the Dead on Feb. 15, 2010

    Novels tagged as apocalyptic sci-fi are usually not my bag, but I gave this one a chance and I'm glad I did. Part apocalyptic sci-fi and part psychological thriller with elements of more accessible literary novels and even neo-noir, this is a deep story that transcends genres. It feels like others' books, with influences ranging from Pynchon to Delillo to Philip K. Dick and more, but it also felt original -- always a good sign. It started a little slow for me, as Baum has a lot to set up, but then it really took off as the end of society as we know it looms and chapters alternate between the wary hero, writer Eugene Myers, and a childish and deluded American president, Charles Winchell. Without giving too much away, both men believe -- and fear -- they are transforming into a new type of human that the post-apocalyptic future will depend on. Who wins out (or do they?) will tell the reader a lot about where we might be heading. As a line in the book states (I'm paraphrasing), the best sci-fi takes present themes and exaggerates them almost beyond recognition. I know they got me thinking. Baum also manages to avoid getting hung up on religion and politics, choosing to focus on the human nature that binds us all. The revolution is not just societal but evolutional. My complaints are few. Some narrative and even dialogue had to be expositional in spots owing to the wide-reaching story and context, but Baum does well to blend it all in. The story could've begun closer to the world war that engulfs the planet and wouldn't have suffered too much. But that's more niggling than it sounds. The quality was there in the beginning to carry us along. Baum creates worlds and lives and psychology with the small details, showing us and not telling us in ways that keep the reader involved -- not something we get enough of in books from any sized publisher. The editing was also first-rate with far fewer typos than I've seen from big publishers charging far more for their books. A book from an independent writer outshines those from the big establishment publishers. As a fellow independent writer (who doesn't know Baum, by the way) that's definitely a revolution I like to see.
  • A Damn Close-Run Thing: A Brief History of the Falklands Conflict on Nov. 08, 2011

    I didn't know much about the Falklands War, and this provided a good overview of the conflict. I learned much. I didn't realize so many lost their lives, and that Argentine agents attempted to hit a British ship in Gibraltar. Russell Phillips writes straightforward narratives that convey a lot of information concisely. You can trust their accuracy. As a historical fiction author looking for topics to research, I rely on articles such as these to point me in the right direction. I look forward to more.