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.
Includes stories from Vaughan Stanger, Jaine Fenn, Mike Lewis, Alys Sterling, Liz Holliday, Heather Lindsley, Sue Oke and Mark Bilsborough. Edited by Vaughn Stanger. Cover illustration by Tony Hughes.
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About the Author
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.
Jaine Fenn studied Linguistics and Astronomy at college before spending a decade and a half developing a healthy distrust of technology whilst working in computing. As well as numerous published short stories in the science fiction and fantasy genre she is the author of the Hidden Empire series, published by Gollancz. This far future space opera saga consists to date of five novels, starting with Principles of Angels. Her Patreon page, which gives supporters unique access to audio recordings of her stories, can be found at www.patreon.com/jainefenn.
Susan Oke worked in the UK Higher Education sector for thirteen years before surrendering to her passion for writing. She is now a full-time writer with a number of short stories published in anthologies, magazines and via podcasts. Susan is active member of several critiquing groups and occasionally writes articles for Astronaut.com.
Mike Lewis is a writer from Woking in England; the place that the Martians first landed in H G Wells' War of the Worlds. This might explain why he writes science fiction and fantasy. He has had a number of SF/Fantasy short stories published in professional magazines and anthologies and is now dipping his toe into independently publishing his own fiction.
There's never really been a 'before I was a writer' in my life because I started writing stories when I was about five (I used to persuade my big sister to type them for me 'so they'd look like they do in books' - she taught me to touch type in self defence!) I finally got serious about it when I went to Clarion, the science fiction writers' workshop, which was then at Michigan State University. Before that I had been a senior playleader, youth leader, primary school teacher, bookseller, accounts clerk, owned what may have been the smallest secondhand bookshop in London, and started and ran (directed, wrote, produced) a self-funded theatre company taking shows to schools and community centres (eventually I figured out that, as a theatre director, I make a great cup of tea....) I write all kinds of things - short fiction (mostly science fiction, fantasy, crime and horror - a couple of my stories have won or been shortlisted for awards, and one was adapted for the TV show The Hunger), fiction, non-fiction and educational material for children and their parents, journalism, material for games, websites and so on. I've recently been appointed as the news editor for the newly relaunched magazine Fear, which some people might remember from its first incarnation in the 1990s, when I was a major contributor. Screenwriting is a newer passion, though I'm serious enough about it to have done an MA in it. I'm still working on the 'getting something produced' part, but one day... And that's about it, unless you want to know that I live by myself (alas currently without the obligatory writer's cat) in Notting Hill, I have a passion for sushi and chocolate ice cream (not together), and I was once in the Guinness Book of Records for playing a marathon Dungeons and Dragons game...