Benjamin Burress


My working life has always centered around science and education, but writing fiction--mostly science fiction and fantasy--has been an accompaniment throughout; another mode of expressing thoughts and feelings about the world and universe. As a Peace Corps Volunteer I taught physics and math in Cameroon. I worked for ten years at research observatories, first NASA's Kuiper Airborne Observatory, and then at Lowell Observatory. Since 1999 I have been a staff astronomer and content researcher at Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include Phillip K. Dick, Larry Niven, Ray Bradbury, Olaf Stapledon, Ursula Le Guin, Arthur Clarke, and Roger Zelazny. These are the sci-fi/fantasy authors I have read the most of, and have enjoyed the most.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, vividly. The first story I wrote (and completed) was in high school. This is when I first experienced that "fire bug" for wanting to write and create, and wrote my first short entirely for the pleasure. But, I shared it with my English teacher, just to get his thoughts and opinions on this my first complete story. He took it away to read, and the next week we sat down together to talk about it. His critique went something very close to this: "I read it through, and then took the liberty of reading it aloud to my English class. What do I think of it? Well, the spelling is sh--ty, the grammar is sh--ty, the sentence structure is sh--ty...but the story grabs you by the b---s and doesn't let go until the end. My students were on the edges of their seats." This was at the same time the most brutal and most inspiring critique anyone ever gave one of my stories, and served to ignite my passion to even higher temperatures.
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Where to find Benjamin Burress online


Cadre of Silken Voices
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 62,690. Language: American English. Published: October 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Congratulations! Your personal link to the galaxy awaits! Engage in thrilling adventures, diverse friendships, and instant access to a spectrum of cumulative thought that does not exist within any one culture, civilization, or planet, and at virtually no cost. So promised the long-distance sales call Max received late one night, an offer he decided he could not refuse.
A Change of Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 80,510. Language: American English. Published: February 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Linvaria has overseen the affairs of seventy star systems for a thousand years, a job that she carries on with tireless dedication and implicit loyalty. However, within the privacy of her spare thoughts there is discontent. Galactic civilization has reached a state of arrested development. There is no advancement. There is only the edict of maintaining the steady state, for better or for worse.
The Myriad Millennium
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 68,340. Language: American English. Published: February 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Paul is an android created for a singular purpose: to find and kill the enemy of his maker. In a wide world containing few clues to the identity of his quarry, and a commander who is missing in action, it is not an easy task.
The G.O.D. Machine
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 67,810. Language: American English. Published: June 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Becoming lost in a world of her own is the last thing on Holly Winston’s to-do list in the pursuit of her academic and career goals. She has her assignment: poke, prod, dig at, do whatever it takes to break the dream-spell illusion of a virtual reality of haunting realism.
The Chronicles of Elliot Chang
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 103,620. Language: American English. Published: October 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Elliot Chang lives a rational, logical life, free from superstitions and notions of gods, demons or impending apocalypses that subjugated human thought. Elliot Chang, high school science teacher, has mastered a content and blissfully uneventful life--until it takes an unexpected and supernatural turn and the world he knows ends.

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