Vaughan Stanger

Biography

Until recently, Vaughan Stanger worked as a research manager at a British engineering company. From 1997 to 2011, he wrote science fiction and fantasy stories in his spare time, effectively setting himself homework. The results of this head-scratching were published in Nature Futures, Interzone, Postscripts, Daily Science Fiction and Music for Another World, to name but a few. Translations of his stories have appeared in Polish and Hebrew.

In January 2012 Vaughan became a full-time writer. Currently he's busy writing a hard SF novel (hard in both meanings of the word). The head-scratching has got worse if anything. There are also some new stories in the works, plus further e-book compilations of his previously published stories to come.

Where to find Vaughan Stanger online


Where to buy in print


Books

Family Tree
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,070. Language: British English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
On a near-future Earth, a teacher who had lost everything that matters to her--her husband and her job--faces an agonising decision. Can she let go of the past and grasp the future that is being offered to her? Family Tree is an intriguing and moving science fiction story that explores an alternate history scenario in which the Apollo moon-landing programme didn't end in 1972.
Touching Distance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: British English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Touching Distance is a tense and disturbing short story about a blind man participating in a virtual reality experiment that aims to equip people like him with a tactile map of their surroundings. As the experiment proceeds, he realises that a harrowing incident from his past is being re-enacted on his skin. Attempting to influence the outcome might bring much needed closure, but at what cost?
Stars in Her Eyes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Stars in Her Eyes is an exciting SF short story that presents an unusual First Contact scenario, in which an obsessive young woman tries to communicate with aliens through the medium of a consensus dream. Jerome Dalton must decide whether to help or hinder Lenora's project, which holds out the prospect of an astonishing breakthrough, but one obtained at a terrible cost.
First and Third
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,790. Language: British English. Published: June 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
First and Third is a rollicking SF short story featuring hijacked robots, uploaded personalities, a digital afterlife and nuclear-powered motorbikes--set on a partially terraformed Mars.
The Ultimate Show
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,880. Language: British English. Published: June 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Ultimate Show brings together four of Vaughan Stanger's published SF and fantasy stories, this time on the theme of entertainment. Each of these tales pokes a probing finger into a favourite leisure-time activities. Let the show begin!
Alternate Apollos
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,410. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Alternate Apollos collects three short stories by Vaughan Stanger on the theme of counterfactual moon-landing missions.
In Deep with Janine
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,640. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Originally published in Stillwaters Journal (2002), In Deep with Janine is a short story that might just send you diving into the deep end. So, hold your breath and take the plunge. But be careful down there...
The English Dead
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The English Dead is a science fiction short story that explores the abiding mystery of whether George Mallory and "Sandy" Irvine could have reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1924, twenty-nine years before the first successful ascent by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
Human Nature
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Human Nature collects three science fiction stories written by Vaughan Stanger, which were originally published in the "Futures" column of the prestigious science research journals Nature and Nature Physics during 2008-2010. These short stories will appeal to lovers of imaginative, ideas-based, character-driven science fiction.

Vaughan Stanger's tag cloud

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