Stephen Brandon

Biography

I've loved westerns and science fiction since I picked up my first book at the public library.
I've been writing on my computer for years. I never planned on any of my stories being published, just to be read by myself, family, and friends. The base journal is on forty spreadsheets with links to about a thousand files of short one day paragraphs plus other stories.
A relative suggested that I aim for a wider audience. If you like my musings, comment on them.
I wish to apologize to one or more of my readers. I promised a coupon in several of my books for a review, but have no way to contact those reviewers. To solve that problem, after posting the review to Smashwords, copy the review and email it to my "Write me a note" address at the end of that book.
{My claim to fame, written by someone else. Thanks.} "As an earthbound retiree, Stephen writes mostly science fiction and short stories. He is a voracious reader and has written for a few years, publishing his stories on Smashwords."

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Books

Decision Time
Series: The Mars Corporation. Price: Free! Words: 8,450. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Several dozen international corporations are invited to a special briefing at an economic summit. The briefing is presented in an unorthodox way, inviting the uninitiated to disbelieve. Five attendees don't, and establish contact for further information. The core five start working the plan, and create their own secret plan within the original plan.
Colony Planets
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,050. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Here is some easy reading. Four short stories about colonies planted by Earth in the future on alien planets. Why do I say it's easy reading; there are no super heroes or characters with extraordinary powers. Just human beings in situations doing what they must.
Wave Drive
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,680. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Man has dreamed of faster than light drive so they can visit the stars in a decent time frame, less than a lifetime or only a few years. This story is about one man's attempt to visit the stars. What he finds, and what the results of his attempts. It also contains the usual effects of ambition, fear, and desire for revenge. A few of the qualities that individuals exhibit.
Nightmares
Price: Free! Words: 32,320. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history
Over the years, everyone has nightmares. Some from eating to late, some from life experiences, and others from just listening to the evening news just before bedtime. Each is a nightmare in its own right, some more so than others. It depends on your point of view. These nightmares are in alphabetical order by title.
Beyond Saturn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 100,400. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Women with the first name of Sissy seem to have interesting lives. Unfortunately some ending up reaping the whirlwind.
Family across Space
Price: Free! Words: 33,160. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A preindustrial group of humans are forced to evacuate due to a natural disaster. They use forbidden technology from the past. The new uninhabited wilderness planet has its own challenges. Some people from settlement and the family disappear. The skills of not so civilized humans are useful to a high tech planet spanning federation. Especially their ability to fight, spy, and wage war.
Escape
Price: Free! Words: 12,140. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Using stolen technology, a group of individuals plan their escape them oppressive society run by big corporations. In an decadent alien interstellar federation where profit is the main consideration, those without the technology, are captured and sold as slaves. Captured by an alien merchant, see how they jumped from the frying pan into the fire.
Fairy Punishment
Price: Free! Words: 8,210. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
Fairies have always enchanted children. Here is a twist on the nice fairies everyone knows.
The Journal
Price: Free! Words: 1,620. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
This will seem like a strange book for you to read, but I have a purpose in putting it together. I've found out during my life that I made many good decisions, and probably just as many bad. As a great-grandfather, I told my daughter and her children many things. I always tried to tell them the right thing. Sometimes they listened and sometimes didn't.
Survival Family
Price: Free! Words: 27,580. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
You may have noticed I'm using a plain green cover. I lost my cover designer. However, I think that the story is more important than the flashy cover. The short stories are about four families that prepare for the worse. Some deliberately, some just fell into preparing. Enjoy!
War, Three against One
Series: My Mine series. Price: Free! Words: 7,730. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Retired and sitting in a restaurant in San Francisco, there's an earthquake. They say your life flashes in front of your eyes when death threatens. When Bill is rescued, his descendants try to kill him. Discoveries by an astronomer seldom turn the world upside down. Is greed the only reason? He sends them a message stating that he only wants to enjoy his retirement.
Aderes
Series: My Mine series, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,100. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Bill has survived his reviving. However, can he survive the future. A painful death awaits him if he makes a mistake. Love if he is lucky. With enemies coming from all directions, is his only hope a smart spacecraft?
The Time Was Past
Price: Free! Words: 22,730. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.00)
Saturn captures a rogue celestial object. The planned nine year mission does not go according to plan, or does it? Natural events create a unique situation and decisions made by the planners create havoc.
My Mine
Series: My Mine series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Retired and sitting in a restaurant in San Francisco, there's an earthquake. They say your life flashes in front of your eyes when death threatens. When Bill is rescued, his descendants try to kill him. Discoveries by an astronomer seldom turn the world upside down. Is greed the only reason? Who will help him? He sends them a message stating that he only wants to enjoy his retirement.
A New Precedent
Price: Free! Words: 4,410. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
An assassination attempt, an assassination, and the murder of a politicians wife begin a chain of events. Three days until the first retaliatory response using a weapon not used in 70 years. Politics as usual will never be the same, or will it?
The Ones Before
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 54,560. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Archaeologist have found anomalies in their exploration of Earths historical record. Mostly they are ignored. Call the Captain quick, I've spotted several old type ships. We can't hide from them if they get close. Get the chief engineer up here also. I'll take evasive actions and loop around to the asteroid belt and hide us there.
5 Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Last weekend I was looking through my computer. Over the years I've written short stories on whatever subject that interested me at the moment. Here is a sample for you to enjoy.
Az's Children
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,150. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Beware when you meet the daughters of lawyers! However, if your mother has a spirit guide and your father is possessed then life is something other than what you might want. The challenge begins when each follows their parents wishes or tries to break free.
The Asteroid Belt
Series: Saturn 2020, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 21,950. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Tim didn't exactly lie to me when he offered to help me achieve my impossible ambition. If I hadn't been dazzled by my dream, I'd have realized what I could be letting myself in for. He gave me a simple job that wasn't so simple. Herding cats is simple! All I ever wanted was to get to space! His simple job put me number 1 on the list of people earth wanted annihilated.
The Alien Spacecraft
Series: Saturn 2020, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,780. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This is the time that the inner solar system is being utilized from Earth to the asteroid belt. Identifiable asteroids are suddenly exiting the belt and when the astronomers check they find them still in their original orbits. The ship sent to examine this mystery finds much more, a derelict alien spacecraft. Can they find their way back and at what cost to civilization as they know it.
Just My Opinion Some Old and New Ideas
Price: Free! Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Essay » Political
(3.00)
Just My Opinion series is one that I'll build upon as time progresses. Now that I am retired I have the time to start going through these old files. If I'd kept every old computer I ever had everything would be readily accessible, but I didn't. Some I will publish with present day comments. Hope you enjoy them!
From Texas to New York
Price: Free! Words: 23,240. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
This is a collection of three stories. They were not written in sequence or even in the same year. The first is about what could happen if enough enemies of the US infiltrated our southern border and what a response could be. The second is about an individual with an idea and what he has to do to get it recognized. The third is about a different type of invasion.
The Impossible Ambition
Series: Saturn 2020, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,500. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A childhood dream that grew until high school graduation. Then shattered because he was nearsighted. After forty years of work, an unfortunate accident kills all possibility of even going there! One morning a telephone call. A chance to work toward helping others achieve his dream. Could it really be possible? Herding cats seems simple compared to his new job.
The Plan and other short stories
Price: Free! Words: 42,840. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Plan, tells the story of one successful entrepreneurs plan for his children and what happens when he gets the shaft. X Plan, Not Enough Wars, Camping in the Swamp, The Harappan Seal, and The Ship fill out the volume.
Pacific 41
Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: American English. Published: July 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Mix a ship out of control and an active oil rig, and then stir gently with a hurricane. With luck nothing, but when you don't have luck you have something interesting. Then add in the fact that it's almost a mile deep in the ocean. A short story of what could be, and maybe someday will happen.
Az
Series: Saturn 2020, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,020. Language: American English. Published: June 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
What does a man do when his wife dies? Of course he goes to visit friends for comfort. However, one of his friends starts him on a path that could get him killed or make him rich.
Scout Expedition
Price: Free! Words: 21,220. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When a powerful group wants somehting done, they create a scenario. What happens when that secneario turns out to be real? Can the survivors adapt?
Grandpa's Hot Sauce
Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
(4.40)
A short story about what to do when a shortage is looming.

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Stephen Brandon's favorite authors on Smashwords

Andee Erickson
Latest book: Penalty Earth. Published October 3, 2013. (5.00 from 3 reviews)
Bartholomew Thockmorton
Latest book: Kaman's World. Published December 29, 2011. (5.00 from 2 reviews)
C. Litka
Latest book: Castaways of the Lost Star. Published August 4, 2016. (5.00 from 3 reviews)
Carlene Carter Brandon
Latest book: Simple Things. Published December 8, 2014.
CL Smothers
Latest book: The Entity. Published February 27, 2016.
G.L. Fontenot
Latest book: A Leap of Fate: Episode 7 Destined for War. Published May 31, 2015. (5.00 from 2 reviews)
Graham M. Phillips
Latest book: Reality Zero. Published March 6, 2016. (2.50 from 2 reviews)
J.G. Contor
Latest book: Future of the Earth: The Derelict. Published January 14, 2017.
James Phillips II
Latest book: RE;Inspiration: Titan IV. Published December 28, 2014.
James E Minge
Latest book: War Reigns. Published May 1, 2015.
Lindsay Tomlinson
Latest book: A. K. A. The Alien: series 3. Published January 5, 2015. (4.50 from 2 reviews)
M.J. Baker
Latest book: Alaris. Episode Two: Struggle. Published May 22, 2012. (3.00 from 1 review)
Mark Jacobs
Latest book: The Day God Winked. Published April 11, 2011. (4.58 from 12 reviews)
Mike Douton
Latest book: Test Run Magazine Issue 000. Published September 7, 2015.
Mike White
Latest book: Ud the Mortal. Published February 3, 2017. (5.00 from 1 review)
MJ Kobernus
Latest book: Hunted. Published May 13, 2016. (4.50 from 2 reviews)
Nickolas Finch
Latest book: Prophecy of the Stars. Published July 11, 2012. (4.00 from 2 reviews)
RG Risch
Latest book: Rumors of UFOs. Published November 8, 2014.
Richard Brant
Latest book: Begin Anew. Published June 29, 2016. (5.00 from 1 review)
Richard Dive
Latest book: The Alpha Initiative (Redux). Published October 8, 2014.

Smashwords book reviews by Stephen Brandon

  • Mass Effect: Humanity First on May 13, 2012

    First time I've read a story in this format. Very interesting. I read it two times using the options both ways. Both held the story to a character profile that the reader chose. Very good!
  • His Best Weapon on May 13, 2012

    Very interesting twist to the story. Dialogue is good and the test was perfectly set up.
  • Peace Warrior on May 25, 2012

    This book takes the liberal agenda to one of its possible conclusions. It also shows what a single well trained leader can possibly accomplish if given help. Inconsistancy I noted was the weapons and ammunition left in the so called museums and private collections. This could indicate that conformity to societies norm is only surface deep and I think true to life. I enjoyed this book immensely! I'll be getting the rest of the series in the future.
  • An Acquired Taste on May 31, 2012

    Even with the technical errors the storyline was excellent. The end caught me by suprise, even with the battle clews. A good quick read!
  • Beyond Mars Crimson Fleet on June 22, 2012

    This scifi novel exceeded my expctations raised by the description. I took 3 days to read it and it was superb. If only I had some of the authors tallent. It should have a six star rating!
  • The Halo Wave on July 25, 2012

    This story reminds me of what happens when a government consideres itself more important than its citizens. Also what one person can do to make a difference. Good short story.
  • Strange New World (Artifice: Episode One) on Dec. 15, 2012

    Very interesting, can't wait to read #2.
  • Mission Beyond The Stars: Book #1 of "Saga Of The Lost Worlds" by Neely and Dobbs on Dec. 23, 2012

    This story is great, the authors kept me wondering what was next. I'm compelled to get the next in the series.
  • Prisoner 721 on March 22, 2013

    I'm old enough to remember when the only computers around were in air conditioned rooms and built with vacuum tubes. Nowdays I have one more powerful than the ones in the space shuttles. However they aren't smarter that the first, programed in binary. This story is more about software. A concept that can be confused with the knowledge we have in our own brains. In simple words, the instructions of a lifetime and how to interpret them! Art interpretation and music interpretation would be the true test of an AI. This writer hit the nail right on the head and did an excellent job. A very good read and I recomment it to 'ALL!' after the Bible.
  • Syzygy on March 25, 2013

    Interesting story and that could come true with the way corporations operate today. However, one man's decision when forced; makes the turning point!
  • Declination on April 15, 2013
    (no rating)
    A very great story. I wish I had your talent for storytelling. 5 stars!
  • Chase Fleet: Origins on July 05, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I especially enjoyed the fact that the Chase was human with all the failings that we all have. His growth as a Christian through his misfortunes is inspiring. Good Christian literature is rare.
  • Master of Shadow and Darkness on July 12, 2013

    I enjoyed this book! I read it for 4 hours straight ( until I couldn't focus my eyes ) & had to finish it in the morning.
  • Beyond Uranus on July 25, 2013

    Well someone once told someone to Get A Life. Well this teacher didn't have one until ... I enjoyed the way his normal life got twisted. Looking forward to his next story.
  • Escape to the Stars! on Oct. 08, 2013

    I just finished Escape to the Stars! I enjoyed it! The only thing I missed was the reason the sun started acting up. The only conclusion I could come to was that an outside influence like a rouge planet or planetoid impacted it and the original scientist, Professor Keene, diagnosed the results. Just a thought! I say again, I enjoyed it and hope you do a followup, maybe GenStar two.
  • A Leap of Fate Episode 5 The Journey Home on Oct. 26, 2013

    I've read all 5 of A Leap of Fate Episodes. Loved them, especially the way you kept me on the edge wondering what was going to happen next. However the end of The Journey Home is really cold blooded. Don't leave us hanging to long waiting for The Games of the Triad! 4 1/2 to 5 stars for all five episodes!!!
  • On the Great Wall of Texas on May 06, 2014

    Very interesting twist on 'Global Warming". Also an (in the best British style) unusual twist on border security. Short but well written.
  • Maelstrom: The Downing of Eagle21 on July 12, 2014

    Even though I've been using computers since the 80's, I still print out most of the files I have. This story goes one step further than my paranoia. I've been aware for quite a few years that if you hack a file and change data you can cover your trail. Having an AI do it in this electronic age, well. The story line is great. The writing is great. I'm looking forward to the next in this series!!!!
  • Prophecy of the Stars on July 16, 2014
    (no rating)
    i just finished it. it was great!!!
  • Alaris. Episode Two: Struggle on Aug. 07, 2014

    I've read Cracks and Struggle. Both published in 2012. There are good enough to be an excellent series. What happened?
  • Artifact on Aug. 08, 2014

    Enjoyable well written short story with a twist at the end. NOW WHAT HAPPENS! You set the stage for a nice series. We are waiting.
  • Bypass Gemini on Sep. 29, 2014

    Lex is like many young men, almost a perfect wannabe steriotype. Some risk are just to much and then he meets K (certified mad) and then the adventure begins and he matures. Well written and even has a few twisted subplot that I liked.
  • The Rookie on Dec. 28, 2014

    Oh for Pete's sake. She started developing the characters in an unusual situation, and then stopped on page 6. WHAT HAPPENS? This should not be a flash fiction story. There are to many variables and situations to explore. Saturn2020
  • First Fruits on Feb. 16, 2015

    Changing the past to change the present. Well written.
  • Driftmetal on March 01, 2015
    (no rating)
    An intereqsting world. Good hero with enough falts to fill a warehouse. I kinda liked a few of the people that he thinks betrayed him. The story kept me to the last page, and wanting more! I couldn't put it down!
  • Seas of Chaos on March 31, 2015

    The PDF file was scrambled and unreadable.
  • Liquid Blue, Book 1, Part I on April 05, 2015

    Interesting build up to a seemingly fatal ending. Character development was great along with the youthful interaction. Loved it!
  • Dog Got Your Tongue on April 08, 2015

    I tried to read it straight through, however I was interrupted several time. I enjoyed it and complement you on the story line. I saved it on my computer because it is worth a second or third read. Keep up the excellent work, and I'm looking forward to the next; 'Homecoming'.
  • Help on May 18, 2015

    I'm also a Smashwords author. I envy your writing. I don't have the skill you've demonstrated. The story line is excellent, and the tension between the characters is realistic. I look forward to your next book, The Other Life!
  • The Heroes Fall -1- When War Calls on May 23, 2015

    I don't usually read teen fiction, but this was compulsive. I took three days because my wife kept interrupting me, but again this book was addictive. I recommend it to everyone!!! To bad the second will be in paperback. I'd like to see it as an e-book.
  • Pathspace on June 04, 2015

    I just finished Pathspace and enjoyed it. The story has enough of everything to keep most people interested in reading it. Appendix 1: Pathspace is thought provoking and an interesting way of looking at physics.
  • Revenge: Book 1 of the T.E.N. series on June 15, 2015

    When you kill a man's pregnant wife and then his dog, what do you expect him to do? Short, but fast paced. Just enough character development to to make it interesting and leave room for the unexpected. I liked it and look forward to the next episode!
  • I Am Alpha on July 05, 2015

    Cold and calculating, maybe, but it could happen. It and the first book in this series lay a foundation for something new. The demands on the characters and their reactions are great. Looking forward to the next.
  • Dont Be Stupid! on Aug. 21, 2015

    I enjoyed your story. The "Don't Be Stupid!" message he sent back was something that could not cause a time paradox, yet could be interpretated in any number of ways. Great bit of writing.
  • The Watchers from within moments, Revealed on Sep. 11, 2015

    A nicely put together story with an unusual ending. I liked it!
  • Phantom 500 Episode 3 on Sep. 25, 2015

    I've read episode 1,2,& 3. The the plot lines are good with action in each episode. . The only problem I found was the fact that the episodes were to short. Of course, padding a good story with mundane fluff ruins it.
  • Phantom 500 - Episode 5 on Sep. 25, 2015

    I just finished episode 4 & 5. In my opinion 4 should have been split after adding a deadline for saving the kidnapped daughter. Episode 5 was pretty good, especially adding the mystery appearance of the Ethereal. What's next.
  • The Bright Black Sea on Oct. 10, 2015

    As an author with several books of my own; I am jealous. This is more than a novel by basic definition. I would describe it as a hybrid consisting of a Sci Fi story, a biography, a travel journal, and a paintiing. "If only I had half your tallent with a story." This story describes the complete life of a man with (what word may use) an attitude that is admiral. Circumstances drive him, however he does what is right. His last act is beyond reproach, and leads to the destruction of his spacecraft and his assumed death. I rated this at 5 stars, because 6 stars isn't allowed in a 5 star system.
  • The Vrol Trilogy Box Set on Oct. 13, 2015

    It's a shame that no one has reviewed this box set. It is great! I found the characters life like and the story line very interesting. The multiple plot line wrapped up neatly and yet left room for several more books. I can't wait to read them.
  • Definitions on Oct. 31, 2015

    I usually read science fiction, but the title looked good. The story was fast paced and interesting. Talk about luck, the hero, sucked up the luck of his opponents by using his hard earned skills. I loved it.
  • Elsie and the Money Tree on Nov. 01, 2015

    Scrooge could take lessons from Elsie's father. Elsie however is different. The story touched my heart. Excellent!!! *****
  • The Bright Black Sea on Jan. 06, 2016

    The Bright Black Sea is superb. I've read it through and then reread several sections of it. I am anxiously awaiting for the next ... part of the story!!!
  • Leave the Angels to Worry on Jan. 10, 2016

    Mr. Jordan combined to much in this book to separate out. The characters are great, the action is great, and the last few chapters --- WOW! If he is working on a sequel, I can't wait. I'd give it six stars if I could, just like some of Asamov and Bradbury's books.
  • Reality Zero on March 11, 2016

    I found Astraes5 and today finished Reality Zero. Both were well written and I enjoyed them. I liked the little twist when they confronted the reality that started the whole adventure. I also like the little twist you left at the end of Reality Zero. Let me know when you have the next episode written.
  • The Last Load on March 13, 2016

    Really, can you see the beach from your plantation in Fxxxxxx. This story was a relief to read. It incorporated several bits of information not commonly brought together and was serious and comical at the same time. For a fun read, I strongly recommend it.
  • Kaman's World on March 13, 2016

    I really enjoyed Marty, Sam & Betty's last adventure. A pleasurable read. Can't wait for more!!!
  • Hunted on May 20, 2016

    I liked the story line! It's different!
  • Mother on June 12, 2016

    A well written story showing unintended results. Scientist and programmers don't know everything. I read it in one sitting and will go searching for more as soon as I hit the Submit button!
  • The Oasis of Filth - Part One on June 13, 2016

    Good story! Gripping situations, especialy at the oasis. The endind demonstrates the exercise of power.
  • A. K. A. The Alien: series 3 on Sep. 28, 2016

    I ran across the first, then came back and got the 2nd and 3rd. This is a unique swipe at the usual first contact stories. It's good! Can't wait to see 4, 5, 6, etc.