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Published Short Stories / Draper Ear Defender
« on: June 14, 2014, 06:41:42 am »
Draper Ear Defender
The Toolbox Anthology


Name: - Draper Ear Defender
Anthology: - The Toolbox
Author: - Shane Ward
Genre: - Horrer
Word Count: - 4,195
Word Anthology Count: - Around 70,000
Direct Link: -


Below you will find the links necessary to order this book. Please note that I do not receive any royalties or payment for this story being in this anthology. If you like the work I have done you are welcome to leave a donation below, thank you.
Lulu Store, (PaperBack):
Lulu Store, (eBook):
Itunes Store:
Amazon, UK:


Abstract of Story: -
It came by mail, regular postage the normal way one would expect to see a package of its size. Charlie Yates had ordered the ear protection from an online bargain store a few weeks ago and had been waiting patiently for it to arrive.

He had an important interview that could lead him the job of his dreams and he wanted to make a good impression. He had left his old job just weeks earlier because he saw no future in it. With this new one, he saw a chance to progress and make his life important. He wanted to follow his dream and that seemed possible now. So, he reached for the sealed box, unpacked the ear defender and analysed the latest addition to his new toolbox.

It had taken two weeks to gather the equipment needed, mainly because the tools required were expensive and his work was not due to start until tomorrow. With plenty of time to prepare, he inspected the contents and prepared himself mentally.

Carpentry had always been a dream for Charlie. The feeling of creating an object from wood always amazed him. The movement of the required tool, the clarity needed to make art out of a rough, natural object would give him total satisfaction. But to make the best, he had to have the right tools.

Most of the gear he bought came from online stores that offered him the most discount and when he finally finished ordering screwdrivers, saws and blades, someone mentioned that having ear protection would go a long way to saving his hearing. So, with that in mind, Charlie searched the Internet and finally found the right earmuffs.

It all began with advice he found on the Internet. For a nifty price of one pound and free postage and packaging, the red and black earmuffs would provide the ultimate protection from the harsh noise he would be exposed to in his line of work. Charlie could not believe his luck when he stumbled upon the find, so he ordered , waited three days and now he was holding the product in his hands.

Apprehension was high as he peeled back the first layer of sellotape. Upon closer examination, he wondered why the store sealed the box so tight. Most packages he received in the past were glued or had only one layer of tape. Still, nothing wrong with that, the assistant probably wanted to make sure his prised possession got to its destination safely and so he thought nothing of it.

News / Facebook & Twitter
« on: June 05, 2014, 12:11:22 pm »

My facebook and Twitter account is ready, so click and have a look around. Not much at the moment, but updates will be added when possible. However, this website is still the best place to find information.

Published Short Stories / Re: Navigator
« on: November 04, 2013, 04:25:35 pm »
Navigator in (Star Quake 1)


Name: - Navigator
Author: - Shane Ward
Anthology: - Star Quake 1
Genre: - Sci-Fi/Adventure
Word Count: - 5,970
Page Anthology Count: - : 214 pages
Direct Link: -


Below you will find the links necessary to order this publication.
Amazon (UK)
Amazon (US)
Amazon (UK)
Amazon (US)


Abstract of Navigator: -
Endora Toinette stood before her reflection in the bathroom mirror, wondering if this was all life had installed for her. She had been born on her home world, Plaxes, and joined the academy to hone her natural skills in space flight. But she wanted more; she wanted freedom and a life away from the monsters that controlled this ship. But she could not do that. She was a Navigator.

Travelling through slipstream was dangerous and without a Navigator to guide them any ship ran the risk of running into a planet, asteroid or sun. The Plaxians’ had remedied this hazard by allowing one of their citizens to travel on alien ships and make instant changes to its flight path. With the capability to project their mind several light-years ahead of the vessel, they could see dangers and make the appropriate course change. In the two-thousand year history of using the Plaxians’, not one single starship succumbed to its doom.

Endora waved her hand over the sink and it began to fill with water. She made a cup with her gentle hands and washed the cool liquid over her soft face. She sighed as she felt the crystals of water trickled down her face and finally strolled over to the cabinet to pick up her headband. The gold leafed circlet, called the ‘Spirit of Wings,’ was a religious symbol for her race indicating she was a fully-fledged Navigator capable of guiding ships through slipstream. She looked at the pair of wings that symbolised flight and she slowly slipped the band into her purple hair, resting the wings above her ears. An emerald jewel heightened her abilities as it glowed faintly on her forehead.

News / Star Quake 1
« on: November 04, 2013, 04:09:41 pm »
Star Quake 1


It's a pleasure to announce that SQ Mag has made an anthology on Science Fiction stories and my story Navigator has been accepted to be in it. Click on the image above to download the Book or Kindle version.

To know more about Navigator Click Here for more information.

The BIN! / Terminus X (Part Three)
« on: September 06, 2013, 03:53:56 pm »
Terminus X (Part Three)


Part three of this series is now available for download!
Click Here for more information.

The BIN! / Dreamscape
« on: July 08, 2013, 02:16:44 pm »


I am pleased to say that Dreamscape will be released for the May/June 2013 issue of Separate Worlds and will be available to download soon. More information can be found on their Website

Off Topic Board / Re: Download Centre
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:49:59 am »

Not in the right format you want?
No problem, just copy the PDF link of the file you want, goto and convert to any format you want.


Many thanks

My Levels / Re: DarkSide
« on: June 16, 2013, 02:14:37 pm »
Thanks for the message. The level needs 1.3 to work.

When playing the game make sure that once you get your recycler from the enemy, you allow it to travel to the Nav point by itself. Do not take control over the unit otherwise you could miss a trigger point and the game won’t continue.


The BIN! / Terminus X (Part Two)
« on: May 18, 2013, 07:43:41 pm »
Terminus X (Part Two)


Part two of this series is now available for download!
Click Here for more information.

News / Member of the "Short Fiction Writers Guild"
« on: March 25, 2013, 12:03:57 pm »
Short Fiction Writers Guild


I am pleased to announce that I have been accepted into the Short Fiction Writers Guild. To learn more about this Guild, visit: -

Various Publishers / Anothersky Press
« on: March 11, 2013, 08:36:09 am »
Anothersky Press


Name: - Anothersky Press
Type: - Publisher
Genre: - ALL
Link: -

Info from there website: -
We want people to read our books, even if they read them for free. This isn’t anything revolutionary ... unless your local librarian is a subversive of the highest order.

To best accomplish this goal we release all of our books online for free. Because we know how good ‘real’ books feel in your hands, we also price our trade-paperbacks via a sliding scale system in which the base price is the cost for us to ship you a book (we don’t make a penny) and you set the final price by choosing what you’d like to contribute (if anything) to the creative team behind it (most of which goes to the author). You can’t ever be ripped off. We call this pro-artist, pro-audience system neo-patronage.

There are a whole bunch of reasons we are doing this. Some of them are idealistic (we trust people!). Some of them are economic (we want everyone to be able to afford our books!). Some of them are philosophical (we believe it is a better system!). Some of them are technological (flow with technology, don’t fight it!).

But really, it comes down to something very simple: I sat down and tried to figure out a system of commerce that was as ‘pure’ as possible. One free of greed. One that gave as many people as possible the ability to be a part of it, whether as artist or audience. One which allowed the artists who excelled to be compensated and thus continue to create art. And this system of neo-patronage is what I came up with. Is it perfect? Will it work? Questions, questions, and there’s no way to know the answers until it’s been tried. And so I am, with the help and dedication of others who want to see this system thrive.

News / Aquatic Destiny (Alien Sky Anthology)
« on: March 11, 2013, 06:48:30 am »
Aquatic Destiny


I am pleased to tell you all that my short story is now in the "Alien Sky Anthology" for order.

Click Here for more information.

Published Short Stories / Aquatic Destiny
« on: March 11, 2013, 06:45:24 am »
Aquatic Destiny
Alien Sky Anthology


Name: - Aquatic Destiny
Anthology: - Alien Sky Anthology
Author: - Shane Ward
Genre: - SWci-Fi/Sea Adventure
Word Count: - 10,601
Anthology Pages: - 276
ISBN: - 978-1-938724-01-5
Direct Link: -


Below you will find the links necessary to order this book.
Another Sky Press
Amazon, (USA) PaperBack:
Amazon, (UK) PaperBack:
Barnes and Noble:


Book cover info: -
Economic turmoil, environmental chaos, greed, murder... sometimes the future doesn’t feel so different from the now. Inside, learn to love a digital dog capable of more than just fetching bones, meet a space-traveling Don Juan, and join a pickaxe-wielding murderer as he jumps dimensions chasing down the same man again and again. Some of the many stories within are humorous, others frightful, and still others put the alien in alienation...but all help us find our own humanity, regardless of which planet we hail from.


Authors Included: -
Jarod K. Anderson
Ben Christensen
Jeremy Clymer
Doug Donnan
Robert C. J. Graves
Tom Howard
Gerry Huntman
Joe Jablonski
Paul Jessup
Georgina Kamsika
Brian Koscienski
Christian A. Larsen
Hunter Liguore
Joe Matar
Marshall Moore
Daniel Pearlman
Chris Pisano
T. Lloyd Reilly
Guy Salvidge
Derek Smith
Chris White

The BIN! / Terminus X (Part One)
« on: January 20, 2013, 04:28:10 pm »
Terminus X (Part One)


A new series has blasted into town and part one is available for download. Follow Travis Medwin and Nelson Porter who find themselves in the middle of a war between the HumaniX and Xigen forces.

Click Here for more information.

Publisher Accepted List / SQ Mag
« on: January 17, 2013, 09:59:46 am »


Name: - SQ Mag
Type: - Publisher, Online
Genre: - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mixed
Link: -

Info from there website: -
SQ Mag is an international speculative fiction ezine, which publishes the best of its fiction in an annual print and ebook anthology. We currently publish our fiction  on a two-monthly basis. Watch out for new editions on the 1st of January, March, May, July, September, and November each year (this will be in the morning of the release day, Australian Eastern Standard/Daylight Saving Time). We strive to present the highest standard fantasy, horror and science fiction, and that is why we will publish no more than nine pieces of fiction each edition, and often less. We are also committed to publishing at least one of each genre.

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