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Steph

20 April 2017

Exponential Existentialism

“Computer?”

“Yes captain?”

“Report our status please.”

“Transit complete; all systems normal. Space-time projection stable.”

“Smooth job, computer, very smooth indeed. Any instabilities in this pocket universe we’ve zapped into existence?”

“Initial scan confirms the quantum creation event referred to as ‘pocket universe’ is uniform in all directions and expanding exponentially as predicted. No fluctuations detected in local inertia grid beyond expected limits.”

“Computer, run a full system check. I like the name ‘pocket universe’. Heard it on some sci-fi show. You AIs never watch holovid, of course. Or do you? Maybe you study human politics ready for when you take over the world. I’ll be the only one left, here in this extra-dimensional bubble on a crazy mission to the stars. How’s that shield generator holding?”

“Fusion reactor output is sixty percent of maximum and holding. Shield generator output is eighty percent of maximum and holding. All hull sensors, radar and laser scanning arrays are live and fully operational. Quantum inertia drive is running at maximum efficiency; relative estimated velocity against established space-time references is near upper limits of tolerance but within operational safety margins. Heat transfer systems are operating normally. Life support is at maximum efficiency, cabin pressure and temperature is normal. All reserve systems are fully functional and on standby. Routine exterior scan now repeating. Warning! Shield generator output has reacted to external stimulus and now stands at ninety-five percent. Hull sensors register unstable fluctuations in local inertia grid. Shield generator modulation is attempting to counteract increasing turbulence in local inertia grid.”

“That doesn’t sound good. I’m looking at the figures now. It looks like the cosmos has taken umbrage to having a mini universe slip under its skin and is trying to squeeze us out. Sensors show the inertia grid all over the place! I’m looking at the simulations and the bubble around the ship seems to be shrinking. How’s the shield generator holding up?”

“Shield generator output stands at a hundred and five percent and rising. Fusion reactor output now at ninety percent. Scans show quantum creation event has stalled and local bubble is shrinking rapidly.”

“Wow! That dropped quicker than the opposition leader’s approval poll ratings. Computer, trigger emergency exit now!”

“Warning! Contraction accelerating. Singularity building at exit point.”

“Exiting was a mistake!”

“Contraction accelerating.”

“Mayday!”

 

Steph Bennion (c) 2017


6 April 2017

Important message: Email 'phishing' alert

It's just come to my attention that scam emails have been circulating from 'C.E.F.' with the sender's email address displayed as sales@wyrdstar.co.uk. These are devious 'phishing' emails, the sender of which has used the WyrdStar domain name without my knowledge. If you have received any of these emails, delete it straight away and DO NOT open any attachments (I believe there may be an attached ZIP file).

The email I saw was headed: 'CEF Documents'; and carried the following message: 'Please find attached the following documents issued by City Electrical Factors. Invoice - MTM/69719 - STOCK. If you have any problems or questions about these documents then please do not hesitate to contact us. Regards, Sales team.'

I repeat, these emails are fraudulent. I must reiterate that this scam has nothing to do with WyrdStar. The email address sales@wyrdstar.co.uk is not a valid WyrdStar account and systems here have not been hacked. Cowardly scumbag crooks have decided to hide behind this innocent domain and for that I am sorry.

Regards, Steph.


29 March 2017

Discounted ebooks - 1st and 2nd April

THIS WEEKEND, author Patty Jansen is hosting a $0.99 / £0.99 price promotion for science-fiction and fantasy ebooks. Over 100 books by different authors will be on offer on 1st & 2nd April - see http://pattyjansen.com/promo/ for a full list of available titles.

ebookMy own novel Hollow Moon, the first instalment in the 'Hollow Moon' series, will be on offer as part of this promotion. I'll also be extending this weekend offer to Paw-Prints Of The Gods (Hollow Moon #2) and City Of Deceit (Hollow Moon #3). Ebook retailers will bring price drops into effect at different times ahead of the weekend so you may be able to grab an early bargain...

In other news, the Tales for Christmas short stories It's A Blunderful Life (2012) and The Watcher And The Priest (2015) can now be read online on the story website Wattpad.

Happy reading! Steph.

Free ebooks

23 February 2017

BRAVE NEW GIRLS Vol.2 anthology - coming soon(ish)...

I'M DELIGHTED TO REVEAL that a short story of mine, The Non-Existence Of Gravity, is to be included in a new anthology: BRAVE NEW GIRLS: STORIES OF GIRLS WHO SCIENCE AND SCHEME, to be published August 2017. This second Brave New Girls anthology features stories by: Eric Bakutis, Elisha Betts, Steph Bennion, Bryna Butler, Margaret Curelas, Paige Daniels, Kay Dominguez, Brandon Draga, George Ebey, Mary Fan, A.A. Jankiewicz, Evangeline Jennings, Jamie Krakover, Jeanne Kramer-Smyth, Stephen Landry, Karissa Laurel, Michelle Leonard, Meg Merriet, Jelani-Akin Parham, Josh Pritchett, Holly Schofield and Lisa Toohey. Proceeds from sales of the anthology will be donated to the US Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.

My story, The Non-Existence Of Gravity, is a tale from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon: Fifteen-year-old Cethlenn was lucky to be working with her Aunt Morrigan, a crazy yet talented engineer with a workshop on the moon of Asgard, Alpha Centauri. That is until Luison, an undercover corporation agent, tricks Cethlenn into a dangerous scrapyard experiment aboard the derelict USS Goliath...

SPECIAL OFFER: I'm running a 'Month of Fridays' offer on Three Tales For Christmas, which will be available free of charge on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st March 2017 from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites. Happy reading! Steph.

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18 December 2016

Psyche's Seven - a seasonal short story for free download

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Published today is Psyche's Seven pdf, this year's free seasonal short story from The Worlds of Hollow Moon. This is the seventh Christmas special, so it seemed appropriate to write a science-fiction pastiche of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (yes, you read that correctly). The notorious prison of Feng Du was no place for Psyche to spend the first fourteen years of her life. When her mother passes away, she escapes to the mainland and finds sanctuary with a group of young miners. Meanwhile, Governor Malingee of Taotie has ambitions to be number one in Epsilon Eridani and nothing will stand in her way...

SPECIAL OFFER: From 23rd to 27th December, Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites. In other news, my very first Christmas special from 2011, To Dance Amongst The Stars, can now be read on Wattpad...

Happy reading! Steph.

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30 November 2016

Free ebooks - 3rd and 4th December!

THIS WEEKEND, author Patty Jansen is hosting a promotion of free science-fiction and fantasy ebooks by a range of authors. Over 100 books will be on offer on 3rd and 4th December - see http://pattyjansen.com/promo/ for a full list of available titles.

My own novel City Of Deceit, the latest instalment in the Hollow Moon series, will be available free of charge during this promotion. The various outlets will bring price drops into effect at different times ahead of the weekend so you may be able to grab an early bargain...

Happy reading! Steph.

Free ebooks

14 October 2016

Published today - THE BATTLES OF HASTINGS

THE BATTLES OF HASTINGS, a new ebook novella by yours truly to mark the 950th anniversary of this key event in English history, is out now! Who really won the Battle of Hastings? Chicago teenager Jane Kennedy embarks on an adventure through multiple realities after fellow time travellers each realise they come from a future with a different past. Is there a rogue on the loose out to change history? The Battles Of Hastings is a romp through alternate time lines in England 1066 to mark today's anniversary of the invasion that shaped Britain and Europe today.

This novella is one of four released today (see previous post).

In other news, the free offer on the Hollow Moon short-story collection Three Tales For Christmas continues at Amazon UK / USA (and other Amazon sites) until Sunday 16th October. Happy reading! Steph.

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10 October 2016

Wyrd Worlds: Battlefield 1066

NEW EBOOKS from Wyrd Worlds writers! Four authors from Wyrd Worlds and Wyrd Worlds II have got together to create new works inspired by this year's 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The resulting short tales will be published on 14 October (the date of the battle) and are available to pre-order now...

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The Battles Of Hastings
by yours truly...
They Marvel At The Star
by L.J. Hick
Norman Blood
by Barbara G. Tarn
Eadweard - A Story of 1066
by Victoria Zigler

In other news, the Hollow Moon short-story collection Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge from Amazon UK / USA (and other Amazon sites) from Wednesday 12th October to Sunday 16th October (inclusive). Happy reading! Steph.


3 October 2016

Steph Bennion book signing in Hastings, 8 October 2016

THE REAL WORLD BECKONS! On Saturday 8th October from 4pm, I'll be at BOOKBUSTER (39 Queens Road, Hastings TN34 1RE) to sign copies of my books and chat about all things sci-fi. (See Facebook and Goodreads listings.)

Rather marvellously, the latest issue (#63) of local community newspaper Hastings Independent Press also has a 'Write on...' feature about yours truly. A copy of the article can be found here.

Happy reading...! Steph.

BOOKBUSTER HASTINGS paperbacks

22 September 2016

THE BATTLES OF HASTINGS now available to pre-order

THE BATTLES OF HASTINGS, a new ebook novella by yours truly to mark the 950th anniversary of this key event in English history, is now available to pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple's iBookstore (see book page for links). Who really won the Battle of Hastings? Chicago teenager Jane Kennedy embarks on an adventure through multiple realities after fellow time travellers each realise they come from a future with a different past. Is there a rogue on the loose out to change history? A romp through alternate time lines in England 1066 to mark the anniversary of the invasion that shaped Britain and Europe today.

This novella is one of four to be released on 14 October 2016 - further details to follow.

Happy reading! Steph.

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14 August 2016

Bookbuster, Hastings

paperbacksPAPERBACKS of my science-fiction novels Hollow Moon and Paw-Prints Of The Gods are now available from my local independent bookshop BOOKBUSTER (01424 539726), 39 Queens Road, Hastings, East Sussex. If you are in the area, support your local bookshop!

In other news, coming soon is a short novella THE BATTLES OF HASTINGS, a romp through alternate time lines in England 1066 to mark this year's 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Further details to follow soon...

Happy reading... Steph.

BOOKBUSTER HASTINGS

1 August 2016

WyrdStar updates

The offer of a free ebook of Hollow Moon expires today. The reversion to the recommended retail price of £1.99 (UK) / $2.99 (USD) will take some time to filter through to the various online retailers so you may still be able to grab a free copy if you are quick. The introductory offer on City Of Deceit at Smashwords also has now expired.

The Hollow Moon short-story collection Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge from Amazon UK / USA (and other Amazon sites) from Thursday 4th August to Monday 8th August (inclusive). As before, this offer starts around midnight US Pacific Standard Time, so should take effect from 8:00am in the UK.

Finally, a couple of interviews have been published. Corporal Namtar and Private Inari, the bumbling freedom fighters who appear in both Hollow Moon and City Of Deceit, have shared their wisdom (or not) at Creative Barbwire. Meanwhile, an interview with yours truly on City Of Deceit and other matters can be found at Library of Erana. Happy reading! Steph.


24 June 2016

Published today - CITY OF DECEIT

RELEASED TODAY IS CITY OF DECEIT, the much-delayed sequel to my science-fiction novels Hollow Moon and Paw-Prints Of The Gods. Raja Surya, young heir to the throne of the moon of Yuanshi, cannot stay out of trouble for long. Zotz Wak, intrepid boy inventor otherwise known as The Flying Fox, decides Earth is the place to become a man. Together they must battle the dystopian darkness of 23rd-century London: a city of deceit, under the thumb of corporations, its people barricaded behind flood walls, bewitched by the hypnotic holoverse and worse.

The United Nations is deciding the fate of Surya's world. The Que Qiao Corporation is using the threat of alien monsters to call for war. Ravana O'Brien, the heroine of their previous adventures, is stricken with a mystery illness and her hollow moon home has problems of its own. Surya never thought he would be in the captain's chair aboard the first ever interstellar battleship. Zotz never expected to find himself accused of being a spy and terrorist at the centre of political skulduggery in London. The far-flung worlds of the five systems would never be the same again. Taranis, the dark priest of destiny, has returned... Happy reading! Steph.

NEW PRICING FOR 'HOLLOW MOON' EBOOK NOVELS

ebook INTRODUCTORY OFFER: City Of Deceit (Hollow Moon #3) ebook is available free of charge from Smashwords from today (24th June) to 31st July, using voucher code BM62W.

The ebook of City Of Deceit is available at the recommended retail price of GBP £2.99 / USD $3.99 from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and other Kindle stores, with other ebook retailers to follow soon.

ebook The ebook of Hollow Moon (Hollow Moon #1) is now available free of charge from Smashwords, with other ebook retailers to follow soon.

The recommended retail price for the trade paperback edition is unchanged at GBP £9.99 / USD $16.99.

ebook The ebook of Paw-Prints Of The Gods (Hollow Moon #2) has a new recommended retail price of GBP £2.99 / USD $3.99.

The recommended retail price for the trade paperback edition is unchanged at GBP £9.99 / USD $16.99.

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Older news items can be found on the WyrdStar News Archive page.

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