You have reached the new webspace of Canadian author Steve Stanton. I write science-fiction novels from a riverfront retreat in Central Ontario near the small village of Washago, and have worked to advance Canadian literature as a publisher, editor and administrator. When I’m not working on my novels, I write book reviews and blog on Goodreads. My short stories have been published in sixteen countries in a dozen languages, and many stories are freely available on the internet in many languages. Enjoy your stay!
Novels By Steve Stanton:
Freenet: In a future world where enhanced cyborgs are exhibiting precognition and machines are communicating through a psychic freenet, the human species struggles to hold the top rung of the evolutionary ladder.
A nuanced story about artificial intelligence and digital immortality, Freenet plunges readers into the far future, when humans have closed distances in time and space through wormhole tunnels between interplanetary colonies. Consciousness has been digitized and cybersouls uploaded to a near-omniscient data matrix in a world where information is currency and the truth belongs to whoever has the most bandwidth. Freenet is an exciting new novel about the power of information, as well as the strength of love, in a post-digital age.
The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation
The Bloodlight Chronicles: Retribution
The Bloodlight Chronicles: Redemption
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.
Short Stories By Steve Stanton:
“Soul Survivor” is now available in Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen edited by Liana Kerzner and Jerome Stueart, published in Canada by Edge Publishing, March 2015, and nominated for a 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Award in the Speculative Fiction category. An author interview is available on Corey Redekop’s Blog.
“Psipunk” is available in On Spec; The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic, Issue #102.
“Climate Fiction: Keeper of the Oasis” is now freely available online in the format of your choice. “Keeper of the Oasis” first appeared in Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, published by Exile Editions, Sept 2014. We like to imagine the end. How we might survive. How we might live after the fateful moment that changes everything – and that moment has arrived. Welcome to Canada after the apocalypse!
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)
The Writing on the Wall was first published in 2005 in Tesseracts Nine: New Canadian Speculative Fiction, 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, 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 S. 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.” (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 has been published ten times in six languages, one of the first Biopunk stories of record. This dystopian tale first appeared in 1992 in On Spec, Issue #9.
“‘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) “Perfect Match” is now available in French translation in Solaris, and freely available online in Spanish and Hungarian.