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Stories Currently In Print:

Reconciliation, Book One of The Bloodlight Chronicles, will be released Sept. 2010 by ECW Press in Toronto.

"Trickster" is now available in On Spec #72, the Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic. "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, UK, 2008, Reviewed by Eamonn Murphy.)

"Timestealer" is now available at Axxn (Argentina), Bli-Panika (Israel), Chaos Theory: Tales Askew (USA), Intercom Science Fiction Station (Italy), Sci-Fi Magazin (Romania), Evva (Greece), and Hub Issue 40 in the United Kingdom. The authentic Canadian print version is available in the Premiere Issue of Neo-opsis. First published in 1990 in Rampike, 10th Anniversary, Part One, "Timestealer" is archived online at the SF Canada website. "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, USA, 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, Reviewed by Blaine Howard.)

"The Writing on the Wall" is now available in the anthology Tesseracts Nine; New Canadian Speculative Fiction, Aurora Award Winner 2006, edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman. "'The Writing on the Wall,' by Steve Stanton, tells the tragic tale of the unexceptional midlife crisis of an exceptional man." (Quill & Quire, 2005, Reviewed by Tracey Thomas.) "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.) "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.) "'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.)

"Snow Angel" is now available in the Australian print anthology Crossroads.

"On the Edge of Eternity" is now available online at MindFlights, USA, and is available in print form in the Canadian anthology Divine Realms, edited by Susan MacGregor. "Too much science fiction these days isn't about anything important; it's just escapism. Not Susan MacGregor's anthology Divine Realms. It deals with the most important question of all: Is there a God? This is a book of wonderful explorations; it's deeply moving and profoundly enlightening." Robert J. Sawyer, Book jacket, 1998.

"Perfect Match" first appeared in 1992 in On Spec, Issue #9, and was reprinted in Sky Songs (Canada, 2002) and Evva (Greece, 2009). "Stanton's writing is dark, his vision seems to be one of pointing to humanity's need for a savior by showing a stark, barren world without Jesus. 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. There is a sliver of hope in this story, as the family love shared among a husband, wife and their child is powerful enough to warrant the selling of an eye. It is apparent, however, that the whole world is in trouble, because this familial love does not hold the promise of eventual triumph over adversity. Rather, this family is staving off destruction." (Reviewed by Blaine Howard, 1994)

"In Defense of Angels" first appeared in 1990 in the American fanzine Churchyard #1, An Anthology of Christian Weird Tales. It was reprinted in Dragons, Knights and Angels, and was a Finalist for The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Award in 2004. It is archived online at The Sword Review. "Steve Stanton's 'In Defense of Angels' is a light, uplifting story designed to make you smile, and that in itself is recommendation enough." (Tangent Online, 2005, Reviewed by Alasdair Stuart.)

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