Vivian Unger


Vivian Unger lived most of her life in Montreal, Quebec, where she graduated from McGill with a B.A. in Classics and Computer Science. In 2006, she moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she currently resides with her husband. She reads widely in both fiction and non-fiction but her favourite genre is speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy).

Her first stab at self-publishing was back in the 90's with Louis Rastelli's Distroboto (a repurposed cigarette machine) in Montreal. She sold a novella in a format small enough to fit in a cigarette pack.

Since that time, her fiction has appeared in the online magazines In My Bed and Inscribed, the anthologies Twisted Tails V: Apocalypses Now and Then and re:myth: Stories and Poems by the Blacktop MotorCycle Gang, and in the print magazine The Rejected Quarterly.

Aside from literary pursuits, Vivian enjoys gardening, cooking, wild plant identification and occasional spurts of knitting.

Please send feedback (praise, blame, etc.) to Vivian Unger (all one word) at yahoo dot com.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What are you working on next?
I was sporadically working on a story about a den of squirrels, but then National Novel Writing Month started, and while my initial plan was to continue the squirrel story, I found I just couldn't do it. I had no enthusiasm for the task. So I started a new novel, which I am now working on. It's set in a future, after our civilization has collapsed and left behind a degraded environment. The people who scrabble for a living in this world view their ancestors (at least the white ones) as demons.
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Where to find Vivian Unger online

Twitter: @UngerVivian


The Healer: a Novelette of Online Gaming
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,260. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Can a computer game change you? Simon says so. A somewhat satirical and somewhat serious look at online gaming, as well as a cautionary tale on the importance of reading the manual.
Flashing It: A Tiny Collection of Tiny Stories
Price: Free! Words: 13,690. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
An unusual audition that changes the course of Hollywood movie-making. An unusual cookbook. Boltzmann brains! And more in this brief collection of flash fiction, in which not everyone has bothered to put on a pair of briefs. (And some can't, because they have no bodies.)
The Belongers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,070. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Louanne's popular cousin invites her to ring in the new year/decade/century 2100. But her first-ever New Year's party is a disappointment, and Louanne is fed up. She's tried so hard all her life to make friends, and nothing works. What is she lacking? Charm? Self-confidence? The answer turns out to be much simpler, as she uncovers a conspiracy from a tumultuous period of history: the Green Wars.

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