Steve Ross


Steve Ross writes fiction that is both comedic and thought-provoking. (Or so he imagines.)
His long-term goal is to make people laugh so hard they start to take him seriously.
He gets most of his ideas from K-Mart, where he buys in bulk.
Mr. Ross started writing in utero due to high-expectation parents (who were later deeply disappointed).
He believes there is a comedy gene and proposes an experiment to prove it involving identical twins separated at birth.


Just Say No To Home Cloning
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,200. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A lonely teenager assembles a mail order clone but soon grows tired of him. The clone gets even by committing a series of crimes, knowing the police will blame the original. A cartoon-illustrated short storybook.
My Car Never Listens To Me
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A self-driving car makes trouble for its human passenger. Is the world ready for a driverless Smart Car? No. Must we be imprisoned by our technological creations? Probably. A cartoon-illustrated short storybook.
Helmet Required
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(2.00 from 1 review)
In the very near future you'll need a helmet to drive, walk, shower or breathe. Better safe than sorry. But one brainy kid and his mom and granddad fight the system. A cartoon-illustrated short story. [15 pages, 2300 words]
They're Playing God With Our Watermelons
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,970. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
A botanist who electronically talks to plants brings conflict to a by-the-book high school science teacher and his imaginative teenage son.

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Smashwords book reviews by Steve Ross

  • Mobster Tales on June 15, 2018

    Why are we attracted to violence--real-world or fictional? Are we cathartically venting frustrations? Does our crocodile brain need disinhibited expression? Or is it simply perverse fun? Probably nobody knows for sure, but I think this particular crime-story collection offers a somehow refreshingly entertaining alternative to our often you'd-better-behave-or-else world. Here are ten stories featuring climactic surprise endings where tension finally erupts with a satisfying release. As with most good storytelling, characters with good reasons for doing the wrong things remind us of ourselves.
  • No Kind'a Time on June 18, 2018

    Harvey Stanbrough's novella about an Arizona border patrol agent and his compadres does NOT resolve any of the following disputes: Always-noble and helpful immigrants vs. criminality and a drain on resources; a compassionate and righteous U.S. Government vs. a callous, turn-away policy; border-police racism vs. respect for enforcement of existing laws; politically correct caricatures vs. politically incorrect realities. Instead, we're treated to an I-can't-stop-scrolling “page turner” with characters we care about facing an urgent problem creating a growing tension that must be resolved. A riveting good guys vs. bad guys episode.
  • Stern Talbot, P.I.—The Early Years: The Case of the Missing Body on June 29, 2018

    Here's a no-nonsense homicide detective's case from the perspective of the police. It resembles TV detective shows of recent vintage but with a few extras. Since the story is in written form, we get into the psyches—emotion and intellect—of the detectives on the case. Also, we combine the cold case format with a recent story case, killing two birds with one stone, or is it solving their problems at one fell swoop--or is that at one swell foop? This tale describes an incident in the earlier police career of Stern Talbot, now a private eye with his own series of adventure-detective tales penned by Harvey Stanbrough.