This anthology collects together some of the many short stories I’ve written over the years. The majority are science fiction, some are fantasy and one is slipstream. A couple of the stories are also humorous. They were inspired by the author’s love of video games, films, role-playing games, and sci-fi and fantasy books. Some of these stories feature ‘humaliens’, aliens from distant planets that look exactly like us except for some face-paint or rubber ears.
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Aimed at an adult audience in their language and ideas, these stories are all saturated with Steve Dean’s usual originality, quirkiness and style. An eclectic batch of tales lifts the reader from the depths of their soul to the edge of the galaxy. Thrilling and thought-provoking reads offer a demanding and imaginative reader a variety of subgenres—from science fiction and fantasy to slipstream and steampunk.
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The story was inspired by a typical scene in a typical Hollywood film. A man and a woman are running away from a killer. The woman is wearing high heels, tripping over and falling. Instead of jumping up and running, she is reaching out her hand. The man is grabbing it, and she is suddenly able to get up and run again. I know several women personally and every one of them can get up and run unaided, particularly when being chased by a killer robot, a hungry dinosaur, or a psychotic assassin.
Of all my novels, Armageddon Girl took the longest to write. The version that made it out into the world was number four, that’s far more than my usual one. I’m talking about major rewrites here, not drafts and partial edits. Unusually for me, I didn’t keep those early documents but deleted huge sections and started again. Modern technology allows anyone who’s creating documents to save as many versions as they want, which is what I always do, with this one exception. So, most of this is going to come from memory.