David Stevens

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Moon folk

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2019 at 6:47 am

The 50th anniversary of Apollo landing on the moon approaches, which is a great and wonderful thing, because it means a plethora of all things Luna, and hopefully there will be some gold among the dross.

Coincidentally, I have just finished the final draft of my third story about the Apollo mission, and launched it on a Saturn V out into the universe, hoping it will find a home.

The first, “This Neil Armstrong is not dead”, appeared in Cafe Irreal, an appropriate home for it. It posited a sort of Armstrong in the multiverse, including a floating Neil Armstrong on an EVA in my bedroom. His wife remains silent throughout, though there is a scene where he samples the dust of her, and seals it away for analysis on Apollo’s return to Earth. Of her silence, Armstrong thinks it “was for the best, he could not understand a word she said. The divergence was too great. He was amazed that she persisted in her existence, so many worlds away”.

The second, “Avoiding Gagarin”, appears in Aurealis magazine. This story writing thing is easy, thinks I, Aurealis accepts the first ever story I submit to it. Yeah well, they haven’t accepted anything since, so I’ve come down a peg or two. Each of the Apollo astronauts had a speaking role in this one, with a perhaps unrecognisable Buzz “the Boss” Aldrin having the biggest part. Michael Collins has a suitably humble walk on – actually, walk about – role. This story is part of shared world with two of my other stories, “The Big Reveal” and “Store in a dark place”. I have notes for others which I may get back to some day, but at the moment I am more interested in exploring some other worlds.

The third story attempts to make up for Mrs Armstrong’s silence in the first, with her having the main role. Its weird, it bears no relationship to any possible reality, and it is full of the 60s, with brief appearances from many famous folk, moon and otherwise, and many liberties taken with time and space. (There is even an uncredited cameo appearance from Sergeant Burns, my one-armed policeman of “The Penultimate Report of Sergeant Burns”, and who has appearance in KAIJU!, which appears on 1 July in Fleas on the Dog magazine.) I don’t know if anyone will buy it, but I sure had a lot of fun writing it.

See: Published stories


Quick, drop everything!

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2018 at 10:33 pm

Check out the winter 2018 edition of Space and Time magazine, featuring “Store in a Dark Place” by yours truly. It takes place in a dark, dark world that I have visited before in “Avoiding Gagarin” in Aurealis and “The Big Reveal” in Kaleidotrope.

Must … read … NOW!

Well played, straight bat and a fine century

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2017 at 5:22 am

Aurealis, a much loved and very entertaining science fiction and fantasy magazine that also happens to be Australian*, has released its 100th edition. In the world of genre periodicals, this is an excellent achievement. Congratulations to all involved, well played!


*And just happened once upon a time, way back in edition #68, to include my sf-horror story ‘Avoiding Gagarin’. 

Bio? The letter ‘C’

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2014 at 8:01 am

Submissions require an author bio. I struggle with this. I look to others for inspiration. Some people include a half page of whimsy, at which I cringe, and have no publication credits, because they have not published anything. Others have a stream of credits, and of course, I can’t emulate that. Some list all the information demonstrating how they comply with a magazine’s wish for greater diversity, but everything about me is mainstream (or if its not, would only make sense to a few people within a small region in Sydney – perhaps). Still, I look for inspiration from others. Let’s begin with the letter ‘C’:

  • Career: There is of course the traditional writer’s gambit of listing the 372 jobs they have had, from lumberjack to polar bear trainer, or alternatively, describing the highly technical work they do to show they are the ‘science’ in ‘science fiction’. Until early this year, I worked in the same place for over two decades, and I’m in a profession that would want no connection with horror stories, so I keep that to myself.
  • Cats: I don’t get the cats. Everyone but me has cats. Cats kill at least around 4 million native animals in Australia each year. I like native animals. So no cats. Plus my dog died, and that was sad, and no one wants to hear about that in an author bio. Especially the details of peeing blood all over me.
  • Children: I have four children. I love them dearly. They are humans, not cats though, and I wonder if that upsets anyone. If you can see their pictures, it means you are the person who stole my wallet.
  • Clarion: haven’t been there. Not to east, west or even south (which I think doesn’t exist any more). So no Clarion workshop to put on the list. No doubt, that shows from my writing. When I publish something and I see another contributor has been to Clarion, for some reason that makes me feel good.
  • Cohabitation: I have a wife. She has a husband (me). I asked her to remind me how long we have been married. She paused before muttering ‘forever’. She encourages me to write. She encourages me not to talk about her here. So, enough.
  • Cool: I’m not. I’m old. That I was going to include here the phrase ‘hep cat’ says a great deal. Not hip, not a hipster. Neither am I a geek (though no doubt like most people, I would appear somewhere on the ‘nerd’ spectrum). I have no street cred. In Australia, I would be a ‘dag’. This is a reference to the dung encrusted wool at a sheep’s bum, so you can tell it is not a good thing.
  • Cultural activities: I watch too much television. I put that in my bio. Once. I read a lot. I have lots of things I used to do. I like bird watching. I dunno. (This is just getting worse…).

So I typically include some variation of: David Stevens (usually) lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children. His stories have appeared in Crossed Genres, Aurealis and Three-Lobed Burning Eye magazines, Pseudopod podcast, and some small Australian literary magazines. One day he will finish his novel.


Free Aurealis subscriptions

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Aurealis are offering free 6 month subscriptions, which is rather a bargain.

New editions

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2014 at 4:12 am

The latest editions of Aurealis and Three-Lobed Burning Eye are available now, always worth a look…

… recommended for your speculative reading pleasure …

Review of “Avoiding Gagarin”

In publications on March 15, 2014 at 2:31 pm

A generous short review of my story “Avoiding Gagarin” appears at Tangent, and I am grateful it does not say bad things!

“Avoiding Gagarin” published

In publications on March 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Thank you to the kind folk at Aurealis magazine who have included my story, “Avoiding Gagarin”, in their latest edition. And they have included a cool art work as well.
This has been a fun time for me. I had three stories accepted for publication in three different magazines at quite different times, however they were all published within a month of each other, giving an appearance of prolific production which does not match reality. I have continued to submit stories, and a piece of flash fiction has been accepted for another Australian publication, however no longer works have been accepted, and there may now be a bit of a drought. That’s fine, I am very happy to have been published in these three fine magazines.

A million good reasons to read Aurealis magazine …

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2014 at 4:32 am

Perhaps I exaggerate slightly.  On making my way through the latest edition, I came across the following:

Next Issue
Aurealis appears ten times a year.
Every month except January and December.
The next issue, Aurealis #68
will be published in March 2014
“Icarus” by Tara Calby and
“Avoiding Gagarin” by David Stevens

I knew it was appearing some time this year, I didn’t realise it was next month.

You can visit the good people at Aurealis here:  Aurealis home

SF subscriptions … Crossed Genres …

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

A shout out here from Crossed Genres magazine, requiring 600 subscriptions before the end of the year so that it doesn’t close its doors forever. A year’s subscription for $15. There are few enough professional markets for speculative fiction, so check it out and see if it interests you, before the chance is lost forever …
…and while on the topic, think about subscribing to Aurealis