S. V. Brown


Hi readers of soft speculative science fiction and writers of all kinds of stories! I am both a writer and trainer.

Virtual Writer is a privately owned business operated in Tasmania, Australia. I'm a qualified trainer and assessor and have been in the training business for over 20 years. I have qualifications in social science, graphic design, editing and manuscript assessment, and have been awarded a Master of Arts (Writing).

Before it became a "thing" I was self-publishing. Today I'm known as an Independent Author (IA) and have several full novels and novellas published. I write military science fiction mostly, with mythical parallels and hard-tech undertones ... and the occasional comedy.

I assist other IAs with their editing, manuscript assessments and graphic design needs. What I've wanted to do for some time is share my knowledge without going over what is readily available on the internet.

I look forward to working with you and developing your writing skills for fact or fiction, personal or business gains.

Current fiction works: Alien Crucible (see below) plus some other stuff. Visit selinavalenbrown.com for details.
Current non-fiction works: Writing books and courses on writing. Visit virtualwriter.com.au

Alien Crucible is progressive and sequential but each log has its own plot as well. Alien Crucible is essentially a science fiction epic that is unveiled through sub-logs that contain snapshots of Jamie and Ara's lives but connect and build to traditional style climactic points. From book 5 (a major turning point) it is traditionally written.

I love all genres but mostly write soft speculative science fiction with mythological parallels, strong themes and motifs. I love well-rounded stories so you'll find a little bit of everything, but I do try and keep to the main genre - soft scifi.

I'm currently writing part-time and work part-time.

I'm essentially a private person with a big imagination. I love writing and hope that translates to my stories.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
This may sound corny but when I'm not writing I'm thinking about writing. At the moment it is a little consuming especially as I'm learning how to sell my books and sell myself!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Originally, I found most of my ebooks through twitter. I especially enjoy connecting with other indie authors via twitter. Now I tend to browse around the e-stores.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find S. V. Brown online


Alien Crucible
When you win a war, you become the conqueror. But what if you won and you submitted instead? She was called many things but her alter ego’s words affected her the most. He said, “You have betrayed the Zantine, but you have also betrayed yourself, Anastazja, and into the cesspit of madness you drag us all.” The Zantine had lived alone in the void before Monad forged a dichotomous world using mathematical scales. He ruined them. He made Chaos Beings who he had to incarcerate. Not all his fabrications were a failure, but still the resulting war led to the Alien Crucible. And for the Zantine? Well, they faced dread and duty.

Order Disorder 3

Price: $3.99 USD.

Life Death 4

Price: $3.99 USD.
Career Interrupted
It begins with Paris, and then Sonja, and finally, Scalice. Nerdy magician, worse than average witch and orc (what more is there to say?) change careers using the same evil agency. Paris becomes a space marine, 'cause it's cool, Sonja takes on the dead, and Scalice, an elite warrior, works in a bar. What could go wrong?

Magician Interrupted

Price: Free!

Witch Interrupted

Price: $1.50 USD.

Orc Interrupted

Price: $1.50 USD.
Kingdoms Away
S. V. Brown. When Al Reos leaves a ruined Earth he makes a decision that will follow him through the ages. It affects his descendants until the last is born - Serafina Reos, the only female. Upon her shoulders lay all his sins and she must make a decision that will ultimately bring life in the Joiran Cluster back full circle. Will she undo the thousands of years that has been carried out to complete her ancestor’s work to protect the Joirans from an ancient enemy, the Sharith, or will she make a decision against the good of the many?


Microfiction: "100" Word Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,380. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
A booklet for those who have some writing knowledge and skills already. Learn to think outside the box and challenge yourself. Develop crisp sentences and create a little but complete story. Demolish writer's block, try different ways of writing, make very personal gifts for a friend or loved one. Or take a break when working on your novel gets frustrating!
Science Fiction Tetrad Box Set
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 218,070. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
This is a collection of complete first releases of science fiction stories. Join Paris, a paranormal-nerd, who becomes a marine, Fin and Ky on an ice-planet called Aislant, Jamie and Ara who both must unravel a conundrum. The bonus story is about Lawi, Flame of the Worlds and demon runner, as she navigates the demon tunnels to deliver medicine to those in need.
Life Death 4
Series: Alien Crucible. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,560. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Alien Anchorage has finished and Alien Deception has begun… Many of Anastazja’s people are now locked inside the Alien Crucible with her. Jamie is on Lyon 7, in the Ring Galaxy of the Roma Empire, and wants to redeem his people. Likewise, Chaos Beings aim to liberate their kind. The Valkyrie, Sygon, prepares for civil war. The Life | Death scale of dichotomy is tested for all opposing forces.
Order Disorder 3
Series: Alien Crucible. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 146,010. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
To know the thing Anastazja must become the thing. She is drawn inexplicably to Estancia and Earth as unlawful King Ross becomes genocidal. A risky maneuver by Chaos Beings has roused her Sables, Zantine warriors of deep space. They awaken to investigate and it leads them unfailingly to the Alien Crucible. This log investigates and tests the dichotomous scale Order | Disorder.
Orc Interrupted
Series: Career Interrupted. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 24,240. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The orux ... orcs, as many tend to call them, are forced into action. Scalice takes control and he thinks it's real, but it could be virtual. Will they save magic folk from being destroyed or will they be singing sad songs? Who knows. Who gives a shit. As long as the beer is real, and not cyberly.
Kingdoms Away 3: Joiran Cluster Archives
Series: Kingdoms Away. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 96,660. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Kingdoms Away 3 of 3 Now that Serafina is safe she is reunited with those who are already entrenched in Al Reos’s web for the future Joiran Cluster. When a message is sent by the Sharith it triggers an all stop where Serafina’s followers balance precariously in ambivalence, weighing up loyalty, learning of deception and making the final decision: for the good of the many or the few?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,260. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Admin worker Kelly wants the ‘O’ back in orgasm. She and Jeff have been together for over ten years and while they have plenty of sex, they have fallen prey to most deadly of all ruts – the routine. They visit a mysterious shop that promises to improve sexual encounters – but only if you buy a pack of sheets that includes a copy of 'the rules'.
Witch Interrupted
Series: Career Interrupted. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 22,860. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Sonja considers herself Jill of all trades and witch of none. Her life is filled with mediocre spells and dreams of modern magic. She learns of a furry revolution and is drawn into the whirlpool ready or not, but in the end all she can think of is how sexy her husband is even after he steals something from her … who is she kidding? He’s even sexier then.
Log 2 Pass | Fail (Alien Crucible)
Series: Alien Crucible. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 141,610. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Genocide Vote triggered a race between three opposing forces to get out of the test site so science and technology should hold the answers. While Jamie sees the problem of contaminants leaving the Alien Crucible, Terzon, a prince and military lawyer, knows that more than hard science is needed to get people out. This log contains data concerning the dichotomous scale Pass | Fail.
Sentinel: Jamie's Mission Logs: God of Chaos
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,100. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Special ops have strange ideas about their operatives and assignment matching. It’s like a bad dating site. At least, that’s what Jamie thinks when offered a demanding and long-term mission with Diane, a trained intelligence agent. During the mission their charge becomes the God of Chaos while they become his slaves. Jamie accumulates a few choice words to have with his handler-if they return.
Kingdoms Away 2: Joiran Cluster Archives
Series: Kingdoms Away. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 43,160. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Kingdoms Away 2 of 3 Serafina’s life has turned for the worse as she must face the underlying truth of the Joiran Cluster: the enemy is not just the Sharith, but closer to home. The Heikavian people must make a painful decision to give up their peaceful lives or to save Serafina. For Ky the decision is easy and he is transformed, forcing his people back to the old ways; as warriors.
Magician Interrupted
Series: Career Interrupted. Price: Free! Words: 22,690. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
AWOL Act: Paris is sick of being a magician, the Spell Caster. Where he comes from it just means being a paranormal-nerd. He hears about Career Worlds, sees the ads and decides he’s going to become a space marine! What could go wrong with that?
Kingdoms Away 1: Joiran Cluster Archives
Series: Kingdoms Away. Price: Free! Words: 44,210. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Kingdoms Away 1 of 3 Serafina lives on Aislant, the Ice Planet of the Heikaves—a species who live humble lives in caves—where she is loved and learns how to love in return. When she discovers her brother, Thon, is keeping a dark secret her world begins to turn. She is unknowingly drawn into the overpowering web of her ascendant, Al Reos. She must face the awful truth of who she really is.
Log 1 Matter | Antimatter (Alien Crucible)
Series: Alien Crucible. Price: Free! Words: 139,650. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Matter | Antimatter 1 Jamie is one of many contaminated beings, trapped in the Alien Crucible. He is a military operative who suffered a childhood trauma. The execution of the offender is a small part of Anastazja’s log 1 but it creates a conundrum that underpins the fate of all contaminants. Matter is rising, antimatter is the key, and Jamie is drawn into the Genocide Vote.

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