Vaughan Stanger


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 nine languages.

In January 2012 Vaughan became a full-time writer. Currently he's busy writing an SF novel. 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


The Last Moonshot and Other Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,230. Language: British English. Published: January 17, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Last Moonshot and Other Stories collects seven of Vaughan Stanger's previously published science fiction and fantasy tales and five pieces of nano-length fiction. These original and imaginative stories encompass a wide range of themes relevant to our lives now.
None of Our Yesterdays
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,320. Language: British English. Published: January 1, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This ebook collects two of Vaughan Stanger's war-themed alternative history stories: The Peace Criminal and The Eye Patch Protocol. Both stories explore the great "what ifs" of Twentieth Century history, and will appeal to lovers of thought-provoking, character-based fiction.
Sons of the Earth & Other Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,050. Language: British English. Published: October 13, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Sons of the Earth collects thirteen of Vaughan Stanger's published science fiction, fantasy and mystery stories in a single volume. Four of these stories have not previously appeared in ebook form. These intriguing, thought-provoking stories first appeared in highly respected publications such as Interzone, Postscripts, and Nature Futures.
Reeves Indeed!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
'Reeves Indeed!' collects a short series of humorous, all-dialogue science fiction stories that present the adventures of robot butler Reeves, who serves (after a fashion) his master in a linked sequence of ever-more bizarre and apocalyptic situations. This collection includes the final, previously unpublished 'Reeves' story. None of the others have been published in ebook format until now.
Moondust Memories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,300. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Moondust Memories brings together eleven of Vaughan Stanger's personal favourites from his published science fiction tales. These innovative and imaginative short stories explore a wide variety of themes, from flesh-crawling virtual reality simulations to monetised SETI dreaming. If you crave intelligent, literate, thought-provoking science-fiction, then this collection is for you.
One Step Beyond: An Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,840. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2016 by Tower Of Chaos Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An anthology of stories from the long-running One Step Beyond writers' group, including tales from all corners of the speculative fiction genre. All profits from the sale of this anthology will go to English PEN, a charitable network defending and promoting freedom of expression around the world.
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.

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