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Steph

6 January 2018

SCI-FI JULY FEVER FUN ebook bundle offer is closing

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Some slightly sad news - the Sci-Fi July Fever Fun ebook bundle will be withdrawn from sale and cease to be from 13th January (next weekend). The not-so-sad news is that until then, the half-price offer for the Christmas period (see previous news item) will be extended to the end. This bundle is available from Amazon, iBooks, B&N and Kobo ebook stores, as well as Bundle Rabbit itself. Happy reading for 2018! Steph.


23 December 2017

Half-price Christmas sale - SCI-FI JULY FEVER FUN

MERRY CHRISTMAS! As well as the new seasonal short-story anthologies (see previous news item), the not-so-seasonally-named Sci-Fi July Fever Fun ebook bundle will be available for just $4.99 from 19th to 29th December (yes, I should have posted this days ago). This eleven-ebook collection of science-fiction joy includes works by: Dean Wesley Smith, Russ Crossley, Rebecca M. Senese, Blaze Ward, Tracy Cooper-Posey, Michael Warren Lucas, Ubiquitous Bubba, Rebecca S.W. Bates, Barbara G. Tarn, Robert Jeschonek... and myself, with Hollow Moon.

This bundle is available from Amazon, iBooks, B&N and Kobo ebook stores, as well as Bundle Rabbit itself. Happy reading! Steph.

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16 December 2017

New short-story collections and "The Clockwork Cat"!

NEW EBOOKS OUT NOW - TO DANCE AMONGST THE STARS, a 'Hollow Moon' anthology of all 'prequel' seasonal short stories published to date, MERRY CHRISTMAS, MISTER WOLF, an accompanying anthology of all 'main sequence' stories to date, and "The Clockwork Cat", this year's Christmas tale from from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon...

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These collections also include the new timeline interviews, a light-hearted look at how the various novels and short stories fit together. Kindle editions were released on Amazon earlier this week: both ebooks are now also available from Smashwords, where they replace the original single-story ebooks of "To Dance Amongst The Stars" and "Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf". The Smashwords editions will be available from Apple's iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and all other major ebook retailers within the next few days (hopefully!).

Both new anthologies are priced at £1.49 / $1.99; however, the Smashwords editions will be free of charge until the end of December. These collections will be updated and reissued as future seasonal short stories are released. Through the wonders of ebooks, readers should only need to buy each one once to get future updates free of charge!

Of course, it wouldn't be Christmas at WyrdStar without a new 'Hollow Moon' story. This year's tale is "The Clockwork Cat", an affectionate re-working of the British pantomime staple Dick Whittington. Ostara Lee, Newbrum's would-be private detective from Paw-Prints Of The Gods, is lured to the wealthy city of Bradbury Heights by a mysterious message asking for her help on a case. Captain Nyx of Newbrum police is in league with smuggler Bouki Moritasgus and only a brass clockwork cat, stolen by street urchin Tomtem from the Dickens Christmas Fair, can save the day...

Finally, the new edition of Three Tales For Christmas (see previous news item) will be available free of charge on 25th, 26th and 27th December from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites.

Merry Christmas, one and all. Books and ebook devices make excellent gifts, by the way...

Happy reading! Steph.


20 November 2017

New Edition of THREE TALES FOR CHRISTMAS

ebook RELEASED TODAY is a new edition of Three Tales For Christmas, a Kindle-exclusive collection of festive sci-fi fairytales from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon. As well as an updated cover, the featured stories have had an editorial refresh and this ebook now includes chapter one of the novel Hollow Moon.

Can a poor, down-trodden kitchen slave find her prince in the shape of a young, dashing space captain? When the power fails when parents are out for the night, is it wise to be wandering the forest with vicious robot wolves on the loose? A man caught up in a war wonders if he can go on, but can a hologram hope to convince him by showing the greatest blunders of his life? It is supposed to be the season of goodwill!

This new edition of Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge on 25th and 26th November from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites.

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But that's not all...! This December sees the release of two new short-story anthologies, To Dance Amongst The Stars and Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf. Together, these anthologies see the first publication at all major ebook retailers of every Christmas short story published to date - including the forthcoming 2017 offering "The Clockwork Cat"...

Happy reading! Steph.


29 October 2017

Half-Price Sale - SCI-FI JULY FEVER FUN

SCI-FI JULY FEVER FUN will be available for just $4.99 from 31 October to 5 November. This eleven-ebook bundle of science-fiction joy includes books by: Dean Wesley Smith, Russ Crossley, Rebecca M. Senese, Blaze Ward, Tracy Cooper-Posey, Michael Warren Lucas, Ubiquitous Bubba, Rebecca S.W. Bates, Barbara G. Tarn, Robert Jeschonek... and myself, with Hollow Moon.

This bundle is available from Amazon, iBooks, B&N and Kobo ebook stores, as well as Bundle Rabbit itself.

Happy reading! Steph.

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18 October 2017

ALIENS, BATTLESHIPS AND COLONIZATION ebook bundle out now!

ALIENS, BATTLESHIPS AND COLONIZATION, a new science-fiction ebook bundle, has been put together so quickly I didn't chance to announce it before release - and it's out now! In this bundle you will go on missions on spaceships, converse with aliens, and even live on a space station subjected to an alien dictatorship.

This bundle includes stories by: Robert Jeschonek, Rebecca S.W. Bates, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, J.A. Marlow, Perry A. Wilson, Mark Fassett, Michael Kingswood, Blaze Ward, Debbie Mumford and Sabrina Chase... plus myself, with Hollow Moon. This collection comes courtesy of the fine folks at Bundle Rabbit.

This bundle, a truly-amazing bargain at just £1.99 / $2.99, is now available at Amazon, iBooks, B&N and Kobo ebook stores.

Happy reading! Steph.

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5 October 2017

Discounted ebooks - 7th and 8th October

A GOOD BOOK cheers dull grey days and encroaching nights as summer fades here in the northern hemisphere. This weekend, author Patty Jansen is hosting another $0.99 / £0.99 price promotion for science-fiction and fantasy ebooks. One hundred books across multiple retailers are on offer over the weekend of 7th and 8th October - see http://pattyjansen.com/promo/ for a full list of available titles.

My own novel City Of Deceit, the third instalment in the 'Hollow Moon' series (and a stand-alone novel), will be on offer as part of this promotion. As before, I'll also be extending this offer to the other novels of the series: Hollow Moon (Hollow Moon #1) and Paw-Prints Of The Gods (Hollow Moon #2). 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...

Happy reading! Steph.

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2 August 2017

BRAVE NEW GIRLS: STORIES OF GIRLS WHO SCIENCE AND SCHEME

DIVE INTO A UNIVERSE OF SCI-FI WONDERS - Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme is out now! Voyage to far-off galaxies with girls who use their science savvy to fix rovers, rescue friends and protect alien critters. Visit steampunk realms where young ladies put their skills to the test building mechanical wonders and solving mysteries. Trek across sci-fi landscapes with girls who save androids and repair robots. Journey to post-apocalyptic futures where heroines use their tech know-how to bring down overlords and spread the most dangerous thing of all - knowledge. And drop in on a few near-future heroines who use their smarts to take down supervillains and bring a little more understanding into the world.

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.

My own contribution to this anthology, "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..."

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Happy reading! Steph.

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4 July 2017

SCI-FI JULY FEVER FUN ebook bundle out now!

RELEASED TODAY IS SCI-FI JULY FEVER FUN, a new eleven-book science-fiction bundle of ebook novels:
> AGAINST TIME by Dean Wesley Smith
> ATTACK OF THE LUSHITES by Russ Crossley
> BEYOND CONTROL, INTERLUDE, BEYOND REACH by Rebecca M. Senese
> FAIRCHILD by Blaze Ward
> FARING SOUL by Tracy Cooper-Posey
> HOLLOW MOON by Steph Bennion (which should need no introduction...)
> HYDROGEN SLEETS by Michael Warren Lucas
> REALITY CHALLENGED by Ubiquitous Bubba
> THE SIGNAL by Rebecca S.W. Bates
> STAR MINDS NEXT GENERATION by Barbara G. Tarn
> STICKS AND STONES by Robert Jeschonek

This collection, which comes courtesy of the fine folks at Bundle Rabbit, is a bargain at £7.49 / $9.99 and is now available at Amazon, iBooks, B&N and Kobo ebook stores. Happy reading! Steph.

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29 June 2017

Discounted ebooks - 1st and 2nd July

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

My own novel Paw-Prints Of The Gods, the second instalment in the 'Hollow Moon' series, will be on offer as part of this promotion. As before, I'll also be extending this offer to the other novels of the series: Hollow Moon (Hollow Moon #1) 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 WyrdStar website has undergone a minor refresh. The parallel text-only website, designed for early mobile phones with limited internet capabilities, has been retired. However, the online editions of short stories and novel extracts have been retained and remain just a click away from the relevant book page.

Finally, there is a new ebook retailer on the block in the shape of Inktera, stocking WyrdStar ebooks distributed by Smashwords. Happy reading! Steph.

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15 June 2017

SCI-FI JULY FEVER FUN ebook bundle now available for pre-order

COMING SOON: SCI-FI JULY FEVER FUN, a new eleven-book science-fiction bundle of ebook novels by: Dean Wesley Smith, Russ Crossley, Rebecca M. Senese, Blaze Ward, Tracy Cooper-Posey, Michael Warren Lucas, Ubiquitous Bubba, Rebecca S.W. Bates, Barbara G. Tarn, Robert Jeschonek... and also myself, with Hollow Moon. This collection comes courtesy of the fine folks at Bundle Rabbit.

This bundle, a bargain at £7.49 / $9.99, is now available for pre-order at Amazon, iBooks, B&N and Kobo ebook stores. Sci-Fi July Fever Fun is out on 4 July. Happy reading! Steph.

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30 May 2017

Short story round-up

THE SECOND 'BRAVE NEW GIRLS' ANTHOLOGY, Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls who Science and Scheme, is on its way to the publishers ahead of its release in August 2017. Each story has its own accompanying illustration - and artist Christopher Godsoe has done a grand job for my own story, "The Non-Existence Of Gravity", as you can see on the right. Watch this space (no pun intended) for more Brave New Girls news.

SPECIAL OFFER: I'm running another 'Month of Fridays' offer on Three Tales For Christmas, which will be available free of charge on the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th June from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites.

On the subject of Christmas, as the summer sun shines high above Hastings, my writing brain is thinking of winter and I've started hammering out the seasonal short story for 2017. This one is called "The Clockwork Cat"... Happy reading! Steph.

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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.

My 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.

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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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