Steve Matthew Benner


Dr. Steve M. Benner received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Ohio State University in 1979 and has worked in industry, academia, and the federal government. He currently works for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland as part of the Advance Concepts Office. He has written numerous scientific articles as well as several articles on ancient history. Dr. Benner's extensive knowledge of science and history has led to his having an ego the size of New Jersey and may account for his being one of the most self-centered people in America today.

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The House of Admetus: Eumelus, The Lost Trilogy of Plays by Agathon
Price: Free! Words: 11,630. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014. Categories: Plays » Ancient & Classical
This is the first play in the trilogy House of Ademtus. King Eumelus returns from the Trojan War with his eldest son in triumph. A plot is hatched to kill his eldest son so that his younger son will succeed his father as King, but it is foiled and the plotters face punishment. The King must decide the fate of the plotters who happen to be members of his family.
An Expert's Quick Guide to Planetary Travel
Price: Free! Words: 6,490. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A well-season interstellar traveler has written a somewhat tongue-in-cheek guide for those that have not traveled off world. It covers some of the unusual conditions that a tourist may encounter on other planets such a different gravities, weather, atmospheres, fauna and flora, diurnal and yearly cycles, and light. A must read for planetary travelers.
The Black Clouds
Price: Free! Words: 14,930. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Meteorites strike the Earth wreaking havoc, but a greater menace emerges from the craters in the form of black clouds that threaten to destroy all life on Earth. Nations mobilize against the Clouds, but nothing works as the Black Clouds continue to grow. A group of scientists trapped in a specially designed facility work desperately to find a way of destroying the invaders before it's too late.
The Stiff in the Five Hundred Dollar Suit
Price: Free! Words: 50,020. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
During the mid-1950’s, Chief Detective Harvey Halloway was assigned a murder case involving a well-dressed man, found dead on the sidewalk. A case that initially seemed to be pretty routine slowly grew in complexity, expanding to include local gangsters and the FBI. Caught between rival gangs, Halloway and his partner work to solve the case before becoming causalities themselves.
All for Maria
Price: Free! Words: 11,110. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
While working in Latin America, an older American businessman’s emotional involvement with a young local woman leads to tragedy and revenge.
A Personal History of the Alien Controversy
Price: Free! Words: 18,420. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A government investigator is sent to the panhandle of Maryland to look into an alleged alien ship. As evidence mounts, the investigator realizes that the allegations are true. The aliens have invaded human hosts. But the aliens are beneficial, greatly improving the host’s health. The question is whether this is a good thing or not.
Nothing New
Price: Free! Words: 19,930. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A bored government worker falls in love with a renowned physicist but discovers possible mistakes in her calculations that could lead to disaster.
Price: Free! Words: 20,030. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A renowned and respect diplomat is sent on a peace mission not knowing that his mission is just a cover for a surprise attack. Upon his return, he works to undermine the administration that sent him on the mission and to regain his reputation and self-respect.
Here to Help
Price: Free! Words: 8,860. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A man from an advanced-technological civilization visits Earth and attempts to solve some of our problems with not quite the results he expected.
Price: Free! Words: 22,880. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A soldier is trapped deep in enemy territory and assumes the disguise of a beggar in order to make it back to his own lines.
The Burial
Price: Free! Words: 2,300. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A young man attempts to bury a loved one in a post-apocalyptic world.

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  • Henri Ville on Dec. 19, 2012

    I enjoyed the book very much. It is a strange mix of scifi and western. Mr. Benner does an excellent job with developing the main characters and all the characters were realistic. There was a lot of action that kept my interest. I might suggest that the scifi part be elaborated on somewhat since I had forgotten some of the details by the last part of the story, but it didn’t hurt the story as it developed. I look forward to reading more of his work.
  • Outlandish New Ways To Punish Strangers on April 24, 2014

    Very exciting and original work by Mr. Benner. There is lots of action and the author's style is engaging. I look forward to reading his other works.
  • Seven Devils on April 24, 2014

    An engaging and entertaining work by Mr. Benner. Like his other works there's lots of action and mystery. Another excellent addition to his body of work.