You have reached the new webspace of Canadian author Steve Stanton. I divide my habitation seasonally between Englewood, Florida and the Muskoka Lakes area of Ontario, and currently serve as the president of Canada’s national association of science fiction and fantasy authors, SF Canada. Personal interviews are published online at CBCBooks, BookMarketingBuzz and OpenBook Ontario. Please click on book images for Amazon links and samples.
Books Currently in Print:
The Bloodlight Chronicles “explores the repercussions of chemical immortality, the nature of religion, life beyond death, and the politics and ethics of revenge. Set in a future where economic transactions are tied into virtual gaming, this elegantly written sf series features believable characters and powerful situations.” (Library Journal, 2011, reviewed by Teresa L. Jacobsen.) “The Bloodlight Chronicles by Steve Stanton is a complex ride into the virtual future.” (Amazing Stories, 2013, reviewed by Ricky L. Brown.) “Stylistically streamlined, this vibrant series should appeal to fans of Bruce Sterling and William Gibson.” (Library Journal, reviewed by Jackie Cassada.) Now available in Audiobook from Audible.com.
From the author of The Bloodlight Chronicles comes a new novel of interplanetary intrigue: a pretty girl falls from the sky, a handsome boy rises from the underground, and a popular newscaster dares to tell the real story. (Release date to be announced by ECW Press!)
Stories Currently in Print:
“Hedge of Protection” was first published in On Spec, 2011, an excerpt from the novel Retribution, in which Zak Davis visits a famous Haitian shaman in search of the afterlife spirit of his dead wife. “Lots of local atmosphere and colour and a surprising resolution that is not flagged up in the tale.” (SF Crowsnest). “The author spoke with authenticity on Haitian culture. The dialogue and characters felt real to me, and I admired how the author crafted the blend of magic and medicine.” (Regan Wolfrom)
“Keeper of the Oasis” is upcoming Fall 2014 in Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, to be published in Canada by Exile Editions.
“Trickster” was first published in On Spec #72. “My favourite story in this issue was ‘Trickster’ by Steve Stanton, about Union graffiti artists in a shipyard on the moon tagging colony ships just before they set off for the stars. Derek Thundersky is one of the artists and is madly in love with Susan Quiznichuk, who procures things for the Union. Derek is half-Navaho, half-Cree, an exotic mix. Meanwhile, Colonel Woodsworth Dunfield, late of Windermere-on-Avon and pilot of the latest departing colony ship, is a rather stodgy Englishman who is madly in love with Linda Evans but has rather fluffed their sexual compatibility test. She is a yank and he thinks perhaps he should stay Earthside and marry one of the ‘noble and predictable gentlewomen of his homeland’.” (SF Crowsnest, 2008, Reviewed by Eamonn Murphy)
“The Writing on the Wall” was first published in 2005 in Tesseracts Nine, Aurora Award Winner 2006, edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman. “Steve Stanton contributes a time-travel story about a child who becomes a mathematical genius after meeting his future self.” (Booklist, American Library Association, 2005, Reviewed by Carl Hays) “I was also impressed by Steve Stanton’s ‘The Writing on the Wall,’—in which good characterization carries an otherwise simple tale of a mathematician determined to prove the possibility of time travel.” (SF Site, 2005, Reviewed by Donna McMahon) “‘The Writing on the Wall,’ by Steve Stanton, tells the tragic tale of the unexceptional midlife crisis of an exceptional man…on a Kafkaesque note.” (Quill & Quire, 2005, Reviewed by Tracey Thomas) “‘The Writing on the Wall’ by Steve Stanton, unlike many of the other stories in this genre, does provide a moment of hope for humanity…yet it isn’t technology that offers hope, but emotion.” (The Harrow, 2005, Reviewed by Dru Pagliassotti)
“Timestealer” has been published in a dozen countries and ten languages to widespread admiration. This short story was first published in 1990 in Rampike with cover design by William Burroughs.
“Perhaps the best story is ‘Timestealer’, by Steve Stanton, about a man who records short experiences from other people, at the cost of their memory of the experience, and his search for truly novel material.” (Locus Magazine, 2004, Reviewed by Richard Horton)
“In four short pages, he takes the reader into the character of a man who makes his living stealing experiences, memories, from people, and selling them to others. It is a huge comment on humanity, and no doubt, if we possessed the technology to steal and package memories, there would be shops in malls from coast-to-coast. Stanton takes virtual reality a step further and makes the point that people want to escape to something more exciting, and in this future world, nothing is sacred. No doubt the tabloid press has been driven out of business by this new industry—who needs pictures when you can live the memory.” (Kamikaze Magazine, 1994, Reviewed by Blaine Howard)
“This reminded me a bit of Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” the inspiration for the movie “Total Recall.” (Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews, 2008)
“‘Perfect Match’ is the kind of story that gives you a deep sense of satisfaction in reading it. It’s a story of love and sacrifice, but has its moment where hope and happiness shine through the dark recess of poverty. (Kasma SF Magazine, 2012, Reviewed by Alexander Korovessis)
“In his strange futuristic creations, Stanton works with the language of science and technology to present men and women as beings on a sort of conveyor belt to doom. The most striking aspect of these stories is their incredible lack of sentiment. The reader is required to inject his or her own emotional reactions, and the effect is weighty. In ‘Perfect Match,’ Stanton portrays a future so uncaring that body parts are bought and sold by living recipients and donors. It is a world common to Stanton’s vision, where money is tight and people remain in tight family units because no one else will offer any help at all.” (Reviewed by Blaine Howard, 1994)
“Messenger” is freely available online at Kasma Science Fiction Magazine.
“Mark of the Beast,” an excerpt from the novel Reconciliation, is freely available online in English at InterNova (Germany) and in translation in Algernon (Estonia).