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Stories Currently In Print:

"The Writing on the Wall" is now available in the anthology Tesseracts Nine, edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman, published by Edge Science Fiction. Tesseracts is the longest-running and most prestigious Canadian sf anthology series. "'The Writing on the Wall,' by Steve Stanton, tells the tragic tale of the unexceptional midlife crisis of an exceptional man. On a similar Kafkaesque note, Claude Lalumiere's 'Being Here' takes the theme of the man estranged from his partner to a thought-provoking and heart-wrenching end." (Quill & Quire, 2005, Reviewed by Tracey Thomas.)

"Timestealer" is now available in the Premiere Issue of Neo-opsis, (2003) edited by Karl Johanson, which was nominated for an Aurora Award 2004 and was reviewed in Locus Magazine: "I was quite pleased to see a new magazine from Canada, Neo-Opsis. The first issue features five good science fiction stories—overall quality was frankly well above what I expect from new ventures like this. 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." (Richard Horton, 2004)

"Timestealer" first appeared in 1990 in Rampike: Tenth Anniversary Issue, at which time founding editor Karl E. Jirgens wrote: "Steve Stanton writes funny things out there in the rural region of Washago, Ontario, yeah maybe too funny."

Kamikaze Magazine published this report in 1994: "'Timestealer' is an excellent example of one of my literature professors' definition of the short story ethic. Bob Solataroff says, 'Consider yourself a second story man. Break in, get the loot, and get out.' This is just what Stanton does. 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."

"Freerider" is now available in the anthology Sky Songs II; Spiritual SF (2005). An earlier version first appeared in 1990 in the fanzine Churchyard #2; An Anthology of Christian Weird Tales. 'Freerider' by Steve Stanton is about a futuristic taxi driver facing the ghost of his dead wife as her clone enters his taxicab looking for a free ride." (Tangent Online, 2005)

"A Perfect Match" first appeared in 1992 in On Spec, The Canadian Magazine of Speculative Writing, Issue #9, in the company of emerging notables Karl Schroeder, Hugh Spencer and Susan MacGregor. The story is now available in the anthology Sky Songs (Skysong Press, 2002). "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 'A 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." (Blaine Howard, 1994)

Professional Memberships & Activities:

SF Canada: Canada's National Association for Speculative Fiction Professionals

The Word Guild: Canadian Association of Writers and Editors who are Christian

Speculative Literature Foundation: Small Press Co-op

Fiction Judge 2004 and 2005: Best New Canadian Christian Author Award ($1000.00)
Sponsored by Castle Quay Books Canada and Essence Publishing.

Fiction Judge 2005: Inscribe Christian Writers' Fellowship, Short Story Category.

The Boring Personal Stuff

Steve Stanton was born in Brampton, Ontario in 1956. He was educated at University of Toronto and took post-graduate studies with The Society of Management Accountants of Ontario before starting several small business ventures. He has been married to Wendy Kathleen (Smith) since 1976, and they have three grown daughters, Angela, Kara and Rachel. Wendy and Steve now live on their riverfront retreat in Central Ontario near the village of Washago (which means "sparkling green water" in the Ojibway tongue.) They are members of First Baptist Church in Orillia, Ontario and regularly support Orillia Christian School, Canadian Bible Society, World Vision and Amnesty International.

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